I picked up a newsletter published by Intercessors for America which had been left at the office where I volunteer. This issue contained articles concerning prayer in and for our public schools. In it, we were encouraged to pray for teachers, students, staff, and parents. There were testimonies of positive effects of prayer and Bible studies in the schools. Teachers and students are meeting at various times to have Bible study and pray.
I read the article that said, “One student was aware of a darkness that would constantly follow her around at school. When she finally described this to a teacher, he asked her, “Where is it now?” Her response was, “Oh, it’s outside…it can’t come in your room.” This teacher was a Christian who prayed over his classroom. We need prayer outside of schools, but we desperately need prayer inside as well.”
There are many places in Scripture that tell me God will protect me through life’s trials. I like what Psalm 91 verses 1 through 4 says. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Our public education system desperately needs our prayers, for protection, wisdom, understanding, and a renewing of Christian values. Our prayers should include not only students and teachers, but those in public offices who make decisions relating to the procedures and management of the schools.
What a blessing to know that I can daily send God to school with the students, through prayer.
By Wilda Caplinger