Should Praying Be Promoted in the United States?

799 WordsJul 17, 20184 Pages
Mary Doe was having a rough day in school. Her food was sickening and she was yelled at by multiple people during science class because she got something wrong on a class quiz. She found out later that her best friends cousin was spreading rumors about her best friend, Jordy She is unsure of how to handle these situations. Jo knows that she can get over being yelled at by kids in her class. But she is not sure about Jensen’s cousin Marley. She doesn’t want Marley to have a bad relationship with Jensen. Jo then get’s up from her seat and approaches her teacher. “Sir, may I please go pray?” School praying should be promoted in the United States of America so that Christian kids can go through the school day easier. In order to…show more content…
One of our Founding Fathers, George Washington, stated, "What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ." The religion of Jesus Christ definitely included the practice of prayer. Prayer can definitely make better citizens. The Founding Fathers also identified another benefit of promoting prayer in school is that it teaches children to be morally correct. Samuel Adams said in 1790, "Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity. . .and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system." A third benefit of school prayer is that it can decrease the natural egocentrism (concern for your own interests and welfare) to which all mankind is prone. Praying for others can cause students to think more of their peers than of themselves. It can also foster the idea that living for others is better than living for one's self. Prayer also fosters the concept that we all are dependent upon God. This sense of dependence will also lead to lives lived in thankfulness. In short, prayer in schools may produce better people as well as better students. Finally, by praying to God, students may want to know Him better. Preparing students for
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