Throughout America’s history, when citizens put it into practice, acknowledging God through prayer and asking for His divine intervention has always been the primary and most valuable weapon against evil. Corporate prayer should be the first remedy chosen in the face of evil attacks in our nation.
On September 6, 1774, the Continental Congress met for the first time to discuss their approaching conflict with Great Britain. The Reverend Jacob Duche opened the meeting with prayer and read four chapters of the Bible to the delegates. Today, Congress continues to open their sessions with prayer.
In 1777, the American Revolution was not going well. Dr. Benjamin Rush was appointed by Congress as the Surgeon General. After making his rounds to the various battlefields Rush reported back to Congress that America was losing more battles then it was winning. Rush asked John Adams if America had a chance of winning the war. Adams replied confidently, “Yes!-If we fear God and repent of our sins.” We all know how the American Revolution turned out – right?
America is engaged in the greatest spiritual battle since the American Revolution. However, this time one of the primary battle grounds is not a grassy field, but our schools, and the casualties of this war are our children. Citizens and legislators quickly cry out for stricter gun laws, focusing their blame on the NRA and the 2nd Amendment. School districts want to increase security measures by fortifying schools with metal detectors, police officers and teachers with guns. I agree, some action needs to be considered to safeguard our schools, but keep in mind these security measures will only create a dangerous and scary environment for our children. This is a spiritual battle over the hearts of the next generation and if we want to win the war on our schools, we must follow in the footsteps of our Founders – “fear God and repent of our sins” and begin to pray for our schools.
About a month ago I mentioned to a few people about starting an organization called “Pray For Our Schools.” Every week prior to the start of morning classes, parents, students, teachers, and the general public will have the opportunity to gather on the public sidewalks in front of our schools and pray for God’s protection over the students and teachers.
One day last week, while preparing to leave my house, an SUV pulled up to my driveway. Two Collier County detectives got out asking to speak with me. They wanted to know my plans for a “protest that was going to take place in front of the schools.” I immediately corrected them. I will not be protesting at all, but instead PRAYING for the children and all those involved with the school. I also told them I will be attending the next School Board meeting to inform the school board members of my plans. I asked the detectives if there would be a problem with exercising my First Amendment rights? The detectives assured me there wouldn’t be a problem. I thanked them for their service understanding they were just doing their jobs. After they left, I felt the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding,” knowing the Lord is orchestrating my steps – not me.
I will provide more details soon about this new organization “Pray For Our Schools” and explain how everyone in America can be involved.
In the year of our Lord 2018 –
“In all your ways, acknowledge Him…” Proverbs 3:6