Storm of Controversy: Prayer

The Storm:  Prayer in school.

The Scripture:  “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.  I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).

The Sunrise:  God does not needs us to stand around a flagpole, before a courthouse, or in front of a camera to hear our prayers.  We can pray anywhere; God certainly doesn’t want us to make public spectacle out of prayer–and that, obviously, includes kids in school.  But favor the public over the private and the end result is hypocrisy, which is a direct violation of the teachings of Christ.

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