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Praying for your Public School does make a difference!
Some time back, I shared with you the need to pray for our public schools. I told about the junior high teacher who struggles with discipline issues trumping her classroom teaching. She told us in particular how two students were at the core of the unrest in her classroom.
Our church prayer group devoted ourselves to praying for this teacher. We targeted the two students who were causing the most disruption. We prayed that God would grant this teacher peace and wisdom, that the Lord would use her to be an influence in the lives of her students.
I would be wrong if I didn’t give you an update. At our last prayer meeting, our junior high teacher reported that her school year has completely changed. One student who used to turn his back in defiance to her now whispers to classmates that her class is his favorite. The atmosphere is completely different.
“It’s not anything I’ve done,” she told our group. “It’s God.”
Amen, sister! Because God cares about kids even more than we do. God heard our prayers and is moving among our junior high students. Partnering with God through prayer can change things!
Are you facing an impossible situation? Do you feel like you have a beaver dam made of piles of mud, sticks, and rocks stretching across your life, causing stagnant water to back up and regurgitate into your daily life, threatening to overwhelm and pull you under its murky waters?
Have you prayed about it? Have you asked others to pray about it?
We rejoiced with our teacher. We went a step further. I told God bluntly, I want more. I want more than just convenience and peace for this particular teacher. I want more than a compliant student. I want to see this student accept Christ as his Savior. I want to see a revival at that junior high, scores of kids embracing faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. I want teachers full of courage and wisdom, hauling kids out of the muck of dysfunctional family life and showing them that there is hope and healing.
Big prayer? You bet it is. Without God, our public school system is hopelessly caught in the quagmire of bureaucracy and secularism. There is no cure, except through the power of Christ’s redeeming love.
Don’t let up on your prayers for your local school. God can and will move through its halls, and do great and mighty things. With God, anything can happen. God cares infinitely about His children and He wants to hear us say that we care too.