To be clear, this doesn’t mean that there should be prayer in public schools. Actually, if the local community wants prayer to be present “in” the public school, it should be allowed…but that’s another topic for another article.
Regardless of prayer being permitted or not permitted in the school, the school and its students should be prayed “for” by those who pray in the community. In the words of Pastor Robert Schuller, “Prayer is the power that pulls all things together successfully.” That’s a very important phrase to remember. Not only is it about prayer, but it’s at the heart of systems thinking.
While knowledge is important, knowing how to function within a society and to care for that society as well as the less fortunate is also important. All our actions need to be rooted in a higher power and a higher purpose, rather than to just learn and do for ourselves. Therefore, it’s not just a higher purpose, but a helpful purpose, as well as a personal purpose. Three elements, in one, working together, simultaneously, to create a system.
We’re encouraged to pray for those in power, no matter what faith tradition we believe and practice – an especially poignant message in light of this upcoming year’s Presidential election, the polarity we’re experiencing in a nation that calls itself the “United” States, and the way our actions are viewed by others throughout the world. Similarly, we need to pray for those in our schools – administrators, teachers, and students. They’re engaged in the practice of learning, and learning creates knowledge. Notice, then, how the system then comes full circle, because knowledge is power.