THE COURAGE TO AGREE (PART 1)
February 17, 2021
Prayer: Lord, help us hear your call and grant us the courage to agree in prayer regularly at the schools where we serve. Amen.
Scripture: If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:17
Taylor Ray Elementary School in Rosenberg, Texas primarily serves a highly mobile Hispanic student population with over 75% of the students coming from low income homes. It is predominantly a blue collar neighborhood. Few children have parents that have graduated from college, yet this school is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School and has received numerous other accolades and awards. The average test scores for many years have ranged from 90 to 100 percent. What are several critical keys to this school’s success? The most important key factor contributing to this achievement is sustained agreement in prayer by staff members. For over fifteen years, two or more teachers on this public school staff have faithfully met weekly to agree in prayer at the school during off duty hours. This prayer group has ranged in size from two staff members to thirty. Every week the school is in session, usually Mondays at 3:30, two or more teachers meet on a committed basis to pray for the students, staff, and parents of the school. For fifteen years, every year since the staff members started taking time to agree in prayer, the test scores have risen except for several years when there were principal changes or radical state test changes.
God says if we seek Him first He will add all things unto us. As obedient members of the staff have met and sought God together in agreement in prayer, He has added high academic achievement. A family atmosphere of love pervades the school. Truly no child is left behind, and no staff member is left behind when he/she is struggling, not because it is mandated by law, but because it is taught by Jesus to serve the “least of them” and to “leave the ninety nine sheep to find the one that is lost.”
God has built a unified team. He says that, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). God dwells in this public school. He is the key who unlocks this school’s success.
Is your obedience to Jesus’ instruction to agree in prayer with others one of the keys He wants to use to unlock success at your school?
Reflection: Am I committed to agreement in prayer at the school where I serve? Why or why not?
Getting Real: Meet with and agree in prayer with other faculty members at the school where you work.
Copyright Don Clark. Email email@example.com