|June 8, 2021|
June Prayer Domain Newsletter:
Praying for Education
Today, I continue with ways to pray God’s best for the 12 areas of dominion we have within our city. This week – Education.
Every day we are reminded of the issues that plague our schools; for example: sex education, violence, critical race theory, gender identity, vaccinations, mental health, teacher wages, low test scores, decrease in graduations, etc. These and others effect decisions that are made which ultimately impact our children as early as PK3 or PK4. Every segment of education (students, parents, teachers, administrators, and legislators) are all affected.
With a newsletter audience made up of praying people, one might hope that (in general) we would all be in agreement on how to handle these difficult issues. But the reality is, even within the Christian community, we are often in disagreement. I won’t use this platform to share my personal opinions on these issues; however, I am unable to let this go, so my thoughts take me to wondering about what the Bible says with regards to education, teachers, and students. Many have been praying for education, for the schools for years. Many have stepped up to face head on the difficulties of protecting students, our children from bad or unhealthy policies.
I already know the answer to this question - if we lift up our prayers for our children, for our teachers, for those in governing authorities; can our prayers have an impact on what takes place in our schools? But, if we’re being honest, have we ever found ourselves wondering if those prayers are making a difference, especially with what is going on right now. Tangent!! You may have seen in the paper not too long ago that a bill was signed in the Texas legislature called the Texas Heartbeat Act. This prohibits abortions as early as 6 weeks when there are signs of a heartbeat. This is amazing. This was through the power of prayer and people (for years) not giving up fighting for the rights of the unborn.
Many have been praying for years for our schools; and, I hope the Body of Christ will continue to fight for our children and for those who have influence over them. Some reading this may say the issues in our schools goes back to when prayer was taken out of schools. You may be right! But, that was about 60 years ago. Is this one of those systemic issues that plagues our city? 4Tucson’s mission and vision is to unite Christians to “tackle” the systemic problems in Tucson. Is this one that needs to be tackled? Others might say this is a spiritual battle and the “enemy” seems to be winning. I agree, you are right. However, is this beyond God’s reach? Absolutely not!
We are seeing more and more, men & women standing up to share their convictions. Has there been a cost to this? Regrettably yes. People are facing everything from being mocked & vilified on the stage of public opinion to threats of losing their jobs. In times like these I am reminded of Jesus’/Yeshua’s admonition to the Church at Laodicea found in Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” What is interesting about Laodicea is its location. It was situated near Hierapolis (hot springs – therapeutic) and Colossae (snow-capped mountains - refreshing). Water from both locations made its way to Laodicea creating fertile lands BUT the water was awful for drinking.
Have the men & women in the aforementioned paragraph taken a stand? Is the Lord calling His people to take a stand? The answer is yes! We have been lukewarm, tepid long enough. Many of us have chosen to take the routes of least resistance, hoping “things” will resolve themselves – in a good way. I am able to write this statement because this has been me. I confess, I’ve stated – what can one person do – then closed my eyes and hoped the bad would go away. This is all changing as I see the Body of Christ being motivated, guided, urged, empowered, etc. to step out of our comfort zones. And it all begins with prayer.
Below are links to scriptures and prayer points for how we might pray for those in the education system. I humbly share these not as the quintessential tool to be used in our prayers; but simply as a guide. I recognize some will be interested; others not. However, if it gets one or two to rethink how we pray for our schools – then it’s worth it. Please share with others who you believe might benefit from these documents. Please share with me scriptures you find helpful when praying for our schools.
Our next zoom prayer fellowship will be on Thursday, June 24th, 4-5pm. Please register on the link below; this will get you the zoom link. Also, please let me know if you are interested in being part of the Intercessory Prayer Team – praying for needs within 4Tucson as a ministry and as an organization.
Blessings and Shalom Kris