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“And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.”
(Is 54:13)

In light of the latest, tragic school massacre, I want to make a simple proposal. It was prompted by a phone conversation with my dear friend James Robison.

We were talking on the day of the tragic, Santa Fe school massacre, and he said, “Forget about trying to get prayer back in schools” – by which he meant, let’s not put all our efforts into trying to change these laws right now. “We need to start praying in our schools,” he exclaimed.

Then the light went on inside of me. So simple!

To be clear, this is not a substitute for a discussion about school security or gun access or family life or mental disease or violent video games or anything else that is practical or relevant. This is in addition to all the other conversations we need to have. That being said, this topic is as important as anything we can discuss.

Simply stated, I want to encourage committed Christian young people on our campuses throughout America to join together for a few minutes each day for prayer. Focused prayer. Faith-filled prayer. United prayer. A simple cry to heaven for God to come and touch each school. “God, save our school!”

It can be before classes start. It can be during a lunch break. But let it be at the same time and same place every day, joining together in faith and asking God to move powerfully in each school.

Whether it’s three students standing side by side or 30 students in a big circle. Let it be done in simple faith every day, and we will see the results together.

I’m aware that many young people have been doing this for years.

I’m aware that there are formal prayer movements already advocating this very thing.

I’m aware that I’m saying nothing new.

I simply want to add my voice of encouragement, offering testimony as well.

I’m also confident that, as Christian young people do this on a regular basis, they’ll be more to prone to share their faith as well. They’ll be more aware of “divine appointments” and more overflowing with love for their fellow-students. All this is a natural extension of prayer.

Some might say, “God is sovereign and He doesn’t need our invitation or permission for anything He does. If He wants to ‘invade,’ our schools, He will.”

There’s much truth to that, but it’s also true that, “Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom” (Charles H. Spurgeon).

Or, in the classic formulation of Matthew Henry, “When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is set them a-praying.”

Or, to quote John Wesley, “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”

Let us, then, give ourselves to prayer for our schools!

In the fall of 1997, I met with the Superintendent of Schools of Escambia County, Florida. Pensacola was the largest city in the county, and there had been a remarkable spiritual outpouring that had been taking place there since June, 1995, called the Brownsville Revival.

Ultimately, when it ended in late 2000, more than three million people had attended services there (this is the rough, cumulative total), traveling from more than 130 nations. And every night, hundreds of young people were there, many from the local area.

I met with the Superintendent to ask him about the impact the revival had on the schools. Did something tangible happen to the students? Were lives visibly and dramatically changed?

He was quite happy to speak with me, saying he could testify firsthand to the extremely positive results. He had also served as a local principal and saw many young people changed before his eyes. He was glowing with praise for what the Lord had done.

But I mention this story here because these students were praying students. When they got touched at the revival – delivered from addictions; set free from violent or self-destructive behavior; transformed in their attitudes and lifestyle – they immediately wanted to share their faith with others. And they began to gather in prayer for their schools. The fire quickly spread!

Richard Crisco, now a pastor in Rochester, Michigan, was the youth pastor at the church where the revival took place, and he carefully charted what was happening to these kids.

In September, 1995 – so, just a few months into the revival – there were about 300 kids who gathered in early September for the “See You At the Pole” prayer meeting. One year later, there were 2,000 kids who joined in prayer on that day. And at quite a few of the schools, these young people would gather for daily prayer, often with tears, saying those simple words, “God, save our schools!”

Of course, it was a sovereign visitation that sparked this prayer movement in the schools. But it was the prayers of these young people that helped deepen and sustain the movement once it started.

All the more, then, should we pray if there is no sign of revival in our region. All the more should we pray for rain in a time of drought.

I’m not saying this is the cure-all. I’m not saying that we do not need to take other, practical steps to protect our schools. I’m not saying that, overnight, everything will change.

I’m just putting out a simple call for young people across America to gather daily in prayer for their schools. And I’m encouraging parents to encourage their kids to do so.

Schools are letting out now across the country, but why not start while you can, with plans to pick up in September?

Our kids (and grandkids and great grandkids) are hurting right now. They’re having to put up with things most of us never even thought about. Let’s believe with them for God to come and touch their classmates and teachers. Let’s believe with them for the Spirit to invade their schools.

Let’s believe together and pray, “God, save our schools!” (Used with permission. By Michael L. Brown, originally posted at


  1. Father in heaven, this day I come before you on behalf of all of the children that are attending schools in this country. This is your country. What I know is that you are with every praying child, it is your promise that you will never leave nor forsake us. Dad when we look at the things that are happening in our schools it grieves our spirit. Help us to pray for all of the children attending school, not just public but also the private schools and universities. I ask for your divine intervention in every classroom, every corridor, every restroom, every janitors closet, every principal’s office, every nurse’s station, every locker room, every office, every gymnasium, every stage, every garage, every music room, every art room, every playing field, every cafeteria, every auditorium and every parking lot. Send bands of angels to each location and guard our children, grandchildren, great-grands, and great-great-grands who are in this world but not of this world. I pray for wisdom in how to answer these children when they have tough questions for your word says to be innocent of the things that are evil and wise in the things that are innocent. Help me to stay that way. Father, I thank you for the privilege of praying for this great nation. I thank you for sending Jesus. I thank you for the promises that your word holds. Thank you for hearing my request and responding. Thank you for loving us, all of us. In Jesus’ name Amen

  2. Oh, God awake this Nation that we all may see and hear in Spirit and Truth by Word of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit with His guidance and direction. Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to intercede for us speaking to our hearts, and minds for the good of the United States. Our schools must pray. God says, apart from me we are nothing. Amen.

  3. Amen, Yes Lord, Stengthen and raise up more students and parents, grandparents to find others to pray for our schools and children. Thank You Lord.

  4. Father, I thank you that you are faithful to fulfill the promises in your word as we are faithful to be obedient to your instructions. As your people humble themselves, and pray, and turn from our wicked ways, and seek your face you promise to hear us from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land. I stand in the gap for those who have forgotten the God of our fathers and ask you to forgive us for allowing prayer and teaching of your word, and if He who is The Word, to be removed from our educational systems in the United States. I ask that you would raise up godly men and women to educate our children in your ways.

    I pray for moral and ethical leaders to be strategically positioned at every level of the Education mountain to shine light into the darkness and reveal your Glory. I pray that your kingdom would come, and your will would be done in our homes, schools, colleges, and universities as it is in heaven. I pray that we would see the fulfillment of Isaiah 54:13 in the land of the living “And all your children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be their peace”. Amen

    2 Chronicles 7:14, renewing our covenant with God and restoring the Knowledge of God in America through prayer and education.

  5. Father forgive Your people for letting the enemy advance his agenda to remove prayer in our schools so many years ago. This a new season Lord and we pray for the kingdom of God to move by Your Spirit throughout America in all our schools. I pray that prayer will become a regular routine by students and ask You Lord to awaken thousands to rise-up and find many ways to hold prayer meetings during their day. Let a hunger and thirst for Christ grow and grow and may many come to salvation as a result. Bless all our efforts to manifest the kingdom of God and gospel of Jesus Christ throughout America. Your Word says: “And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.” (Is 54:13) AMEN.

  6. Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray that all who speak, read, and pray in the Spirit these written words of God shall see situations and circumstances change in their lives. While activating the Lord’s angels. Who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. According to Psalm 103:20. Always, remember that greater is “Jesus Christ” that is in me then He “Satan” that is in this world.

    Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I speak and place upon the lives of our Nations school children the armor of light and of the Lord (Rom. 13:12; Eph. 6:13-17).

    Truth to cover their loins (Ps. 51:6).

    The breastplate of righteousness to cover their heart and chest cavity (Ps. 5:12; 2 Cor. 6:7).

    The gospel of peace to cover their feet (Isa. 52:7).

    The shield of Faith to defensively and offensively cover their bodies (heb. 10:38; 11:1, 6).

    The helmet of salvation to cover their heads (Isa. 59:17; 1 Thess. 5:8).

    The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17; Rev. 1:16).

    The Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14).

    A robe of righteousness (Isa. 61:10).

    The glory of God shall their reward (Isa. 58:8).

    Father, I present my body as a living sacrifice, by the shed blood of Jesus, my savior, and redeemer. Romans 12:1-2

    I prohibit the accuser of the brethren from influencing the soul or mind of anyone who comes into contact with our nation’s school children (Rev. 12:10).

    I decree and declare that the Kingdom of heaven rules and reigns (Rev. 11:15).

    I decree and declare that the laws which govern this prayer are binding by the Word, the blood, and by the Spirit (1 John 5:7-8).

    Father, I pray that this prayer opens the hearts and minds to comfort and encourage their Faith by the word of God, by the guidance of Holy Spirit, and the Name that’s above all Names The Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Paul said he was the greatest sinner of all.

    9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

    “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and is justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:8-11

    13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

    5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again. John 3:5-7

    14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

    6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

    26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8: 26-27

    9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13

    13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

    18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:18-23

    8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

    16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

    no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

  7. Every week, thousands of women gather to pray for Christ to move in the lives of their children and in their schools. We’ve been doing this for decades and have groups now in over 140 countries. But so many schools remain uncovered by Moms in Prayer groups, especially in the United States where moms are so busy. It’s a simple thing to gather for an hour of prayer, but the enemy is very good to keep women from taking that time to gather for out loud, one accord scriptural and specific prayer. But each week, those who do gather pray ask the Lord to bring revival and spiritual awakening to our schools. I hope any mom or grandmom reading this will check us out at and join us. Your voices are needed to cry out to the King and ask for His intervention.

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