"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found"  (Psalm 32:6)

THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT

June 4th, 1999

American Youth Take A
Strong Stand For Christ

...I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, "Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go...and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak." Jeremiah 1:6&7

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. I Tim 4:11

Overview:

On a host of treacherous American mission fields, in the face of an increasingly anti-Christ government institutions, Christian young people are taking a powerful stand for Christ!

  • Senior Katherine Hackleman was elected by her peers to pray at the May 30 graduation ceremony of Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas. She was required to submit her prayer in writing to the school's principal. The school attorney crossed out large portions of "offending" phrases such as "Heavenly Father" and "We love You." Young Katherine was removed from the program when she acknowledged that she could not comply with the school's idea of prayer. After Katherine contacted religious-liberty experts, the Liberty Legal Foundation, she was allowed to be a part of the program yet could not give her original prayer. Caught between two scriptural principles, submission to secular authority and the call to pray in Jesus' name, Katherine came up with her own solution. During the graduation ceremony she stood and said, "Go in grace and peace, class of 1999." Her schoolmates then stood and gave her a standing ovation, showing their support for her gracious act of faith.

  • Tim Echols, President and Executive Director of TeenPact and TeenPact Leadership Schools, is helping develop a passion for citizenship and justice in today's youth by involving home schoolers in their own state government. When TeenPact visited Richmond, Virginia earlier in the year, no one said a word against these students as they walked around the Statehouse singing praises to Jesus and praying for God's will to be done. TeenPact has received many words of encouragement from legislators in the twenty states that have opened to this Christian organization. Mr. Echols said, "In a number of states, as the TeenPacters take prayer walks in and out of state legislative offices and around state capitol grounds, we find more and more people thanking the youth for their presence, prayers and willingness to take a stand." This past school year, TeenPact touched more than 600 high school students and over 500 middle schoolers.

  • When counselors were sent to Littleton, Colorado, to help the students of Columbine High School cope with the tragic death of a teacher and more than a dozen classmates, many of these counselors were overwhelmed by this act of violence. They then found themselves being consoled by the Christian students they were sent to help. Now the citizens of Littleton want to erect a permanent memorial with a Biblical theme. The organizers have run into problems with the park managers where the memorial will be built. The park managers are concerned that any religious fixture will invite a lawsuit. One recent graduate of the school voiced this opinion: "The decision should be left up to the people who went to Columbine. If God helped them through this, why shouldn't that be shown at the memorial?"

    Please join us in agreeing prayer:

    O Lord of All, thank you for Your courageous youth around the country. We are humbled and convicted by the stand for Christ that Cassie Bernall in Littleton and others have taken to preserve the holiness of Your Name. We ask that You would grant that same boldness to those who stand in the pulpits of America every Sunday. Also, grant wisdom to our teachers and legislators that they will not cause harm to be done to one of these young people. Stop any and all ungodly goals of the Department of Education and the National Education Association. Raise up those who will instruct and help mold our children in Godly wisdom and virtue. To the Glory of God. AMEN! (Deut 6:1-9; Ps 25:12-15; 32:8-11; 105:19-22; Pr 8:all; 22:6; Matt 18:1-6; Mark 9:42)


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