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    A Prayer for Loudoun’s Schools
    photoJesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). Those who are given to Christ, as part of his purchase, he will in no wise cast out.
    Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” [Revelation 22:17].

    In 1999, I served as president of the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP). The LCPS enrollment was 26,787 and the school system had 44 schools. Enrollment is now estimated at 66,266 students in 80 schools. The number of students has expanded by approximately 3,000 students from last year.

    I am again compelled to begin the 2011-2012 school year with community prayer. Someone recently told me that prayer is not a substitute for action; it is an action for which there is no substitute. Therefore I am requesting all the intercessors in Loudoun County to please join me in praying for an increase of God’s presence in our schools.

    A Prayer for Loudoun Schools

    Dear Father God in heaven,

    We welcome and invite a powerful move of God’s presence in our schools. We shall provide a canopy of prayer over every school and college in Loudoun County. We dedicate each learning institution to the Lord.

    We ask that you send your ministering spirits into our classrooms. We ask you to send angels as guardians to the entrances and breathe your refreshing Holy Spirit throughout the hallways and classrooms. We ask for barriers to your presence to be broken down in the name of Jesus. We invite your constant presence and influence back into our school buildings.

    We speak blessings over the principals and administrators that they may have wisdom, inspiration, peace, patience and strength as they lead their teachers and children. We pray for blessings of abundant health and energy for the teachers and staff throughout these buildings. We ask that all the staff and teachers receive a special blessing of ingenuity, inspiration, wisdom, peace and overflowing satisfaction in their work. May they be restored, refreshed and strengthened daily in body, soul and spirit. May they be appreciated and respected by parents and students and their hearts filled with peace and joy.

    We ask special blessings over all the children who attend our schools, that you may help keep them hungry for learning, that each child may know he is precious and important. We pray for overflowing health and protection for all our students. We pray for them to respect and give full attention to their teachers. We ask for clarity and focus for their minds and a hunger for learning and excellence both in academics and behavior. We claim a blessed and prosperous future for all the children who attend our schools in Jesus’ name.

    We ask for blessings on the parents and guardians of these children, that their burdens be lightened. We ask for parents to be anointed with patience, wisdom, peace and joy, That they get inspired to be involved in teaching their children to have respect, compassion, honesty and pride in their choices.

    We thank you for your favor in our schools, for keeping the buildings, classrooms, hallways and playgrounds safe. We ask for protection from harm for everyone on our school grounds. We praise you and thank you for your mercy and forgiveness. Amen.

    If anyone is interested in publishing a faith article, please contact Mark Gunderman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Diversity in our schools…Mr. Gunderman is offering a prayer, not a commentary.  He’s praying to the God that he has a personal relationship with, not commenting on the place of a ‘committee of Gods’ in our schools.  I’ve not encountered any faith that suggests or requires equal recognition in prayer for the entire panoply of deities to hear and respond, regardless of the subject of the prayer.

    Mr. Gunderman seems to have forgotten that, in our Loudoun public schools, there are Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, atheists, agnostics and others.  I am disappointed that the chair of the Good Shepherd Alliance Board of Directors does not remember and celebrate the diversity of the Loudoun community and public schools.

    I want to commend the people in Loudoun County allowing God through Jesus Christ to work through each of you to make Loudoun County, God’s county of “praise.” God is listening to His people in Loudoun.  He has allowed us to become the wealthiest county in the nation. This sounds like a perfect marriage to me!  We abide in Him and He abides in us!  Thank you Mark Gunderman for all you are doing to bring Jesus Christ to us!

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