devozine

Spiritual Practice

Is God @ School?

Mary Haggard

Imagine a silent shield of prayer surrounding the place where knowledge and understanding are gained, where experiments are tried, where music is performed, where meals are shared, where friends are made, and where character is grown.

devozine Reflective Guy FTR TS 80467216My Sunday school teacher, Jay Downs, asked us to practice our faith by praying for each other between our first and second periods at school. He told us to pray silently so that we wouldn’t appear to be talking to ourselves. He wanted us to pray with our eyes open so that we wouldn’t bump into things on our way from one class to the next. Some of us went to the same school. When we passed each other, we’d just nod because we knew we were praying. It was amazing and comforting to think about the fact that we were all praying at the same time wherever we were.

Our method of praying was not necessarily obvious to others, but that wasn’t the point. We prayed as a way of including God in our daily lives at school and as a way of acknowledging that God was with us and cared about us all the time. This daily practice of prayer also helped us to call on God every day, rather than only before a big test or when something went wrong.

Teacher & students2 TSP 78375932Many teachers, guidance counselors, and principals pray as well. I know of a teacher who arrives early every day and walks through the school. As she walks, she prays in every classroom, hallway, and stairwell. I also know guidance counselors who pray together during their weekly meeting for particular students and faculty members. By the end of the year, they’ve prayed for everyone in the school. By praying, they acknowledge that God is part of their work.

For some students and faculty, school is not a safe place. Imagine what would happen if we acknowledged the power of God in school. Imagine more students praying between classes, and more faculty members praying for their students. Imagine a silent shield of prayer surrounding the place where knowledge and understanding are gained, where experiments are tried, where music is performed, where meals are shared, where friends are made, and where character is grown. Is God at school? I am certain of it!

 

devozine Questions from God FTR TS 78617331DIG DEEPER

Don’t just imagine a school where people pray; do it! Agree with a group of friends that you will all pray for your school and for each other between first and second periods. See what happens.

JUST A THOUGHT: God is present in the silent voices of God’s people saying their prayers.

—from devozine (September/October 2002). Copyright © 2002 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

Back To Home

To Order Devozine Magazine, call 1.800.972.0433.

Clicky