6 comments on “Back to School!

  1. I suppose you never read Matthew 6. I can’t recall…but it said something about…hmmmm…oh yeah! Keeping your prayers in the closet.

    • I’m not a super huge religious person, but I saw nothing wrong with it. As long as we aren’t forcing to people to pray as a state-sanctioned thing, he (and others) can pray all they want.

  2. “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Matthew 6:5-8 KJV)

    • Steve,

      This passage is one of the most misinterpreted in all the Bible (in line with the “Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged” scripture). Jesus directed this passage to the attitude of the pharisees when praying in public not at the general idea of public prayer. He warned that prayers should not be for the purpose of being seen by others as righteous and that they should be authentic, as from the heart, and not just vain repetition or “empty phrases.”

      There are plenty of instances in the Bible where Jesus publicly prayed. Please check the Gospels. Again, it is about attitude more than the action.

    • I agree with Joanne on this one. Steve, I think you are being overly literal in your interpretation of Jesus’ condemnation of the pharasie praying in the synagogue. His real point was not that one should not pray in public, rather He was condemning self righteous pride and pointing out that one should be humble in one’s prayers to God.

  3. i’m thankful for the prayer here for the schools, the teachers, the administrators, the students and the parents. my daughter has had a real warfare with her twins’ school concerning her twn daughter who is not on the same learning level as some children her age, and the school would rather throw her out of the school instead of providing some additional support. we have been in so much prayer these past few weeks with the teacher, principal, and owner of the school. the twin daughter is now at another school and is getting the proper additional nuturing that she needs.

    much prayer is definitely needed in this area so Andre, i commend you for doing so here. i’ve blogged with you for a few years now and i know this was not done for show but because God laid this on your heart to do here and i appreciate the prayer.

    anyone can teach, but it takes special people to be good teachers and let their gifts really shine thru.

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