Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Today, Gov. Matt Bevin is calling on Kentuckians to pray for students. He issued a proclamation calling for prayer that says. All citizens, including the faith community of Kentucky, are invited to pray for “our schools, teachers and administrators for God’s wisdom and knowledge as they impart lessons and education to the students of our state.” The governor is sure to be criticized for the proclamation. But his call for prayer is in line with past leaders like Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt who've called on citizens to pray in times of need. And why not? Our children today are faced with negative peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, violence and negative media influences more than ever. If ever there was a time to pray, its now. Our kids need us to pray for them and it doesn't hurt to be reminded by our governor.