Back to School with God
Pray For and With Our Children
While walking the track at King High School, I noticed a father and son working out. I became so enthralled with them I actually walked around the track two times more than I originally planned. Needless to say, I watched this father perform exercise routines with his son in preparation for the start of the school year.
Initially, they ran the track and then started doing exercises. It was then they really caught my attention. As I watched them I realized that one day, whether that son made it big in sports or not, he would remember that his Dad took time to help him improve his game. No doubt as he coached his son, he also provided life principles that would stay with that young man for the rest of his life.
Our children need us. They need us to provide much needed guidance and discipline. They need us to impart words of wisdom and encouragement. They definitely need us to pray for them. Our schools need us to pray for them as well.
Not so many years ago, prayer was taken out of our schools. Each of us is fully aware of the separation of church and state, as much as we are aware of the consequences of eliminating prayer out of our schools. Our school systems no longer incorporate prayer into their daily schedules. We have to coach our children about prayer and how they can incorporate it into their schools. The schools are mandated by law, but we are not.
Prayer has this interesting effect, the more you pray the more your faith increases. As your faith increases your mindset is transformed to think like a winner. This is what we have to do for our children. We have to help them in thinking and becoming winners. Teaching faith principles rooted in prayer culminates in a new perspective and a winning attitude that translates into winning actions.
This past weekend I united with other women in ministry who signed a "Back To School With God" pledge, in a long-term partnership to support the Detroit Public Schools (DPS). In addition, each one of us pledged to adopt a school and pray for that school, its administration, teachers and students throughout the school year. You can also join in the "Back To School With God" Pledge and Campaign by adopting a school and committing to pray for that school throughout the academic year.
Detroit Public Schools kick-off a week full of activities to promote community involvement and support for DPS Pride in preparation for the First Day of Teaching and Learning. Emergency Manager Roy Roberts extended an invitation for us to join him in this bold and ambitious movement where mediocrity in education for our children is no longer acceptable.
This upcoming Sunday, August 19, is DPS Church Sunday and faith-based supporters across the city will spread a positive back-to-school message. More than ever, our children need to know that we encourage them to strive for excellence because we are excited about their future. Yes, they need to know we are praying for and with them as well.
As the Prayer Director for Faith at Works Ministry and Lydia Circle of Christian Business Women, I'm extending an invitation for you to join us at 7:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Hart Plaza for our 15th Annual Prayer Gathering for the City of Detroit, DPS, business, arts, media, family, education, government, medical and health, entertainment, law enforcement and sports.
What we do for our children will have a lifelong impression on them. One thing for sure, we owe it to our children to do whatever it takes to ensure their success. That means not only praying for them, but praying with them as well.
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Jacqui A. Showers., The Showers Group Ministries