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Dangers of restoring prayer to schools

Prayer is a blessing beyond human comprehension (Psalm 145:8). God said to continually bring our requests to him (Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

We need Christ because without him, we can’t be saved (John 14:6). Only in him do we find all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Children will benefit from learning about Jesus because their morals and decision making will improve dramatically.

In 1962, prayer in schools was declared unconstitutional because some were offended by petitions to God. However, in the mid-20th century, Christian values were far more common than they are today in our increasingly pagan society. 

Our current political climate would make the restoration of prayer in schools a very complicated issue because we live in a hopelessly litigious society. Everyone in authority is constantly on the alert for possible lawsuits.

What’s more, Christians are at the bottom of the power structure. Biblical truth on what God desires would have no bearing on how prayer would be conducted in schools.

The United States of America is obsessed with the rights of certain minority groups and very hostile to Christianity. What God wanted would be completely ignored.

God said the prayers of the unrighteous wouldn’t be heard (Isaiah 59:1-2). Yet, the ungodly would control prayer in school.

Instead of our children hearing prayers to Jehovah God, they would be hearing prayers to Allah, Goddesses and who knows what else . The prayers would be so far from Scripture that they would be unrecognizable.

By this time, Christians who wanted prayer returned to schools would likely be calling for it to be removed. Imagine the irony of Christians calling for an end to prayer. That’s too volatile a possibility to consider. Satan would be ecstatic.

Teaching our children the truth is hard enough without this confusion. We need to be teaching our children daily about prayer and having to do that while unteaching the corrupted version they would be hearing in schools would add another level of complexity.

We would be allowing the ungodly to spiritually turn our kids against the true God.

The bottom line is that no one can take prayer out of school. Christian students can pray as God desires anytime they want. It’s impossible to ban silent prayer unless Christians silence themselves.

We need to be much more worried about whether Christians are praying than whether our society can do Satan’s will by destroying it (John 8:44).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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6 thoughts on “Dangers of restoring prayer to schools

  1. Good thoughts, Richard. Christians can pray anytime. I suggest we have more prayer in our homes and personal lives. It must start there. Then trust God for guidance through His Word.

  2. “As long as there are tests, there WILL be prayer in schools.” ~ Unknown
    Good article, and it echoes my concerns exactly! Our local Chamber of Commerce constantly asks the woman “pastor” of the local Lutheran church to lead prayers.

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