• Chris Steele

Continuing Steadfastly in Prayer

Be Strong Be Well -- Friday, September 24, 2021


As we waited in the student pick-up line at our grandsons' school, there was a sign about "Prayer Around the Flag Pole" for the following day. We were surprised but pleased to see it. My thought was, "It's a charter school, and some things are different from regular public schools."

Little did I know Wednesday was the annual "See You at the Pole" event. Students from around the country gather for prayer for our country.

Another story from Christian Headlines reported, "Last Friday, a Tennessee high school football team led their parents and fans in a post-game prayer after their local school board banned teachers and coaches from praying with their students."

An attorney with the school said, "Courts have consistently ruled that prayer and proselytizing cannot be sponsored by schools or school personnel." He also told school administrators "to enforce all prayer-related laws and policies at school-sponsored activities."

Despite all the legal jargon about restrictions placed on staffers at school functions, there are no laws restricting students from praying anytime. Even staffers can pray at other times. We are still "allowed" to pray in this country!

The prayer session was advertised as a parent-led event, encouraging anyone to show their support to join them. It was a success as parents and fans flooded the football field to pray with the team.

Although we don't endorse all prayers, these stories give us hope for our country. We are hopeful people see the evil and ungodliness around us. May we stand up and promote God and His Word!

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12). —Chris

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