Friday, August 3rd, 2018
Hot Topics... School: Prayer
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, Who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 6:5 (NLT)
Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Luke 5:16 (NIV)
When prayer was outlawed in public schools, our children lost a powerful resource.
Certainly, prayer was customary in the preceding years of our nation. Why then? Our challenges were greater. Wars and hardships hit us from the outside, so we dug deeper into God for strength.
But since World War II, life's been easier. We haven't faced an overwhelming threat to our faith-draining self-sufficiency. Therefore, we reduced God-time to Sundays.
Paul warns us about end-of-days evil.* When we ponder these sobering Verses, we see the world and shake our heads sadly.
If so, our church is reflecting the world, because Paul is describing church problems.
Thoughts? Prayer in school is less important than prayer at home and in our churches. We weren't called to change the rules of the world, but to be good examples within it.
## Hot Topics, School: Prayer #60
* 'But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.'
'They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth' (2 Timothy 3:1-7, NIV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.