To be courageous is a true gift and a blessing. Courage is often found in a person who has gone through difficult situations in life, has not given up in spite of adversity, and has learned to apply their learning experiences . Even if the boat gets rocky, the courageous person stands bravely. Unshaken and unharmed like Daniel the prophet, or Moses the great patriarch, they continue to recognize God as their strength.
Courageous people are not afraid of being loners , and they are not part of the crowd. Don’t confuse courage with rebellion, because courageous people offen meet opposition. Courageous people are survivors.
Jesus taught courage by his deeds. Consider the New Testament book of Mark, Chapter 7:45-52 , where Mark writes about Jesus walking on the water. This story is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. Jesus is showing his love for his followers and he prays they will have courage. This is why he tells them to “take courage.”
The scripture states that Jesus went to the mountain on his own to pray while the apostles took a boat out to sea. It was getting dark and a storm was approaching which made the boat rock back and forth. The apostles are fearful. Jesus observed the boat from the shore, and immediately started walking on the water towards the apostles. When Jesus approached the boat, the apostles thought he was a ghost. Jesus said to them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.” Jesus then got on the boat and the waves became calm. Jesus comforted them, for he saw they lacked courage. If only they believed.
Many laws have passed restricting prayer from government institutions and schools because certain rebellious leaders don’t believe in God.
Children do not pray when they are in public schools which are free to attend. The bureaucracy is afraid of offending others who don’t believe in God. They use the excuse and state that there are all different religions, and it is unfair to recognize solely Christianity in schools. As a result criminal like behavior is surfacing in schools. There is extreme bullying, suicide, and killing.
Where is the courage of those who believe in Christ and want prayer in schools? This cause is not just for parents or Christians, but it is the government and legislatures who make the decisions for us. Like the apostles in the boat, Christians rock back and forth on the waters of adversity and are helpless because they don’t stand up against wrong decisions.
Through prayer courage is obtainable. There are oppositions and problems in life, but if we show courage and ask for prayer in schools, we are helping children. Believe and pray to the Lord for the courage you need to stand up for good moral causes, and remember, Jesus said to take courage.