Michael Brown on an Invitation to God to Invade Our Schools

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.

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Source: Christian Post