Developing a Lifestyle of Prayer
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. The Indian Rocks Christian School community places a strong emphasis on prayer, therefore developing a lifestyle of prayer in our students.
Perry Banse, Middle School and High School Principal, recognizes the power of prayer at school. “The power of prayer is at work every day at IRCS. Teachers meet before school in the morning – we pray. Classes begin with prayer,” he says. “We feel prayer is important enough to devote a segment of the Morning News show to lead in prayer. We continually see the answers to prayer in the mission trip process.”
Stephanie Vogel, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at IRCS, agrees that prayer is a staple of life at IRCS, “I see prayer in many different contexts at IRCS. We pray at devotions as faculty. We pray in staff meetings asking God to guide our steps. We pray with our students as we begin our day or when one of us is hurting. We pray in Chapel at all level Pre-k through 12th grade,” she says. “We teach our students the power of intercessory prayer on behalf of those we know and care for, as well as those we don’t know.”
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. 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.
See You at the Pole — September 25, 2019, at 7 a.m
Each year, students, teachers and staff gather at flagpoles across the nation to pray for their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation. “See You at the Pole is a way to model for our students that prayer is important,” says Elementary Principal, Rob Starner.
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This blog was originally published on May 9, 2016 and updated on September 20, 2019.