Headmaster Blog for September 12, 2014: Prayer


While prayer can take different forms—whether praise, supplication, intercession or a simple request—it always underscores our utter dependence on God. Even the ability to praise Him is a gift from God. I am empty and need to be filled; He is full and wants to fill me up. When I pray, I lift open hands to Him and ask for His blessing.

We live in a culture that is steeped in self-sufficiency. It comes to us by second-nature. From our earliest age we proclaim, “I can do it by myself.” This, of course, was the message Adam and Eve gave to God in the garden. Sadly it’s the message we are still inclined to give Him.

When we stop and remember that we are utterly dependent on God for the next breath that we take, the notion that, “I can do it by myself” in any other arena sounds rather silly. Take, for example, a Classical Christian School named Summit. Our school is about partnering with parents in educating and raising our children in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. That in itself paints a big target on Summit, and the evil one is continually taking aim.

We are not able to do this thing called Summit by ourselves—and so we pray. You might ask, “Is there a time Summit parents gather to pray for our school?” Glad you asked. Jessica Besso is assembling a prayer team at school every Friday right after morning chapel. If God has put it on your heart to pray for Summit you are welcome to join this team for as little or as long as you like.

God bless you all,
Dr. Timothy Orton
Summit Classical Christian School

Headmaster Blog for September 12, 2014: Prayer