Team Prayer in Action

I’ve discovered something stronger than any Olympic team.

Team prayer

Team Prayer in Action

She walked toward me, concentrating on a point over my left shoulder. “Did you find a book in the library?” I asked her.

She stared straight ahead.

“Did you find the book you wanted?” I asked again.

Still no response.

I increased the volume of my question when I noticed that she had ear buds in both ears—a big no-no at our school.

She slipped one ear bud out and answered me, “No. I didn’t find it.”

“I can take you inside and help you now,” I told her.

She walked right on past me and I noticed that her hands shook. She seemed distraught.

“Are you ok?” I asked.

She leaned over and grabbed her stomach, then dug her fingernails into her arms. “I’m going through withdrawal, I think,” she said. “It’s never happened to me before.”

“Can I get the counselor for you?” I offered.

“No, I don’t want to make a big scene.” She collapsed onto her knees and pulled at her hair and moaned. “I think I’m going to barf.”

They Don’t Teach This Stuff in College

I quickly texted the counselor and asked for advice and then noticed a faucet on the side of the building behind us. I rushed over and turned the water on. “Here, splash some cool water on your face, that might help.”

She did as I suggested. I felt helpless—on duty on the playground whilst the rest of the staff members attended a meeting. I scanned the commons area to make sure no one else needed my attention.

The counselor texted back. “Deep breaths.”

I wasn’t sure if he meant for me, or the student.

“You could try taking deep breaths,” I told her as I demonstrated how. We both felt calmer. I helped her to her feet, and tried to engage her in conversation. She couldn’t concentrate, but seemed to appreciate the effort I made to keep her mind off her physical symptoms.

I texted the other duty teacher and let him know about the situation, and glanced at my watch. Only a few more minutes until the meeting ended. I tried to help without hovering or intruding too much on her personal struggle. I shot prayers heavenward, wishing I could do more, offer more, be more.

The counselor arrived, and we quietly discussed the event and watched her as she shakily made her way to class.

I have so much more to learn, but one thing I do know. My team closed their meeting with prayer, and because of my text to the counselor, I knew they all prayed for us.

What about you? Do you work at a place where you can count on Team Prayer? Or do you have another Team Prayer community that supports you in times of need?

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Sarah Elizabeth Frazer

    I love the idea of “Team Prayer”! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂
    Your neighbor at #FMF

    • Thanks for stopping by, Sarah :).

  • Tara Ulrich

    So glad they prayed for you both. Prayer is such a powerful gift. I’m in the 8 spot this week.

    • Amen. I can’t even imagine a day without prayer.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Sure do have a community…you may have heard of it. It’s called ‘Five Minute Friday’, and without their intercessory prayers I would be dead.

    #2 at FMF this week.

    • You made me laugh out loud, Andrew! I LOVE the FMF community, and I often call on them to join Team Prayer as well :).

      • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

        Laughter is, after all the best Rx…and as for prescriptions I do have the right to put a ‘Dr.’ in front of my name. Well, structural engineering, but what the heck, it’s still a bragging point.

        • 🙂 I’ll call you Dr. Risa.

  • Susan

    My co-worker and I begin each day with prayer – we take turns. We both work from our homes so it’s on the phone. Throughout the day we instant message each other with prayer needs. Powerful. Glad you were there and responsive. #fmf

    • That’s awesome, Susan! I’ve worked at places where prayer is NOT involved, and to me, it feels less team-like!