The topic of prayer in schools has been brought up, and even debated, in forums across the United States. In fact, many of our nation’s leaders have boldly fought against it, proclaiming that any prayer sponsored by a school or teacher is unconstitutional. Greatly contradicting early congressional actions, the government of our generation put laws in place to ensure students were never exposed to public prayer. And the result? Moral decline, spiritual suffocation, and cultural decay in our schools — and in the hearts of our children.
Among other benefits, choosing a Christian school for your student means they will never miss out on the power of a community united in prayer.
A Means of Learning
When students pray, they invite God into their hearts and minds and have the opportunity to ask for His wisdom. This is something that no teacher or curriculum can impart. Of course Christian educators can integrate Scripture into lessons, but God has infinite knowledge only He can reveal to His children. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. God is intimately concerned with the thoughts of each student, and desires to reveal His truth through prayer.
A Uniting Force
Prayer brings people together. It always has and it always will. Perhaps this is why Congress opens each session in prayer, despite the government having removed teacher-led prayer from public schools. When students pray together, they band together in unity. Worshipping together in prayer creates a close-knit environment that provides a deep sense of belonging and benefits children across all grade levels. Furthermore, it opens hearts and minds to the needs of others, and helps students realize that we were created to care.
A Lifestyle of Prayer
Most students from Christian families pray in their homes and churches, but for the majority of time each week, they are in school. When kids experience consistency across their primary environments, they develop a lifestyle in alignment with the practices and principles taught. Prayer is a form of expression that should be encouraged, not just in the home or church, but in any venue, anytime, anywhere. When students feel they can pray — privately or openly — they are stronger for it and enjoy a life more connected with their creator.
May 5, 2016 — The National Day of Prayer
Each year, the National Day of Prayer invites people to pray for our country’s healing and renewal. Pray that more people would see the benefits of prayer in school communities. Pray that families would be wise about where they choose to educate their children. And pray that — above all — God would be glorified through the next generation of students.