Should Prayer Be Allowed in Schools

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Malai Varner
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Should Prayer be allowed in Public Schools?
I have never thought about prayer in schools until I found an article in a magazine. I found that this might be a good persuasive paragraph topic. I found that prayer is already “allowed in public schools”. First, I think everyone should be allowed to pray silently or to themselves to God while sitting in class before a test or eating lunch. I think prayer should be allowed anywhere or anytime we see fit. Silent prayer is probably the only way that most Christians have a chance to obey God’s call to “pray without ceasing”. Second, prayer is already used before football games and most sporting events. Coaches pray the famous prayer, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” and so forth. However, the controversy is not in praying silently, it is in public and should we should do it in a group and out loud. We argue that if it isn’t done out loud, it doesn’t count. There is a lot of diversity in schools and some children or teachers may not be Christians because they are taught another religion because of their culture. I think no matter where we pray, or if it is done silently or out loud, God still hears us. I am a Christian and I know God answers prayer. God has calmed my fears, given me comfort and joy and has solved many of my problems on one or more occasions.

The problem with our society isn’t the lack of prayer in schools but the lack of love and generosity among those who claim they are Christians. Instead of worrying about whether school children are standing and reciting a daily prayer, maybe we should take more time to follow God’s example to steal away to a quiet place and ask God to bless us with more loving and generous hearts.
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