The rainy forecast did not keep CHA families away from our Prayer Walk on September 20; over 130, including children, gathered to pray and kick off our Prayer Emphasis Week. Led by Mrs. Lynne Hertzberg, PVO Prayer Coordinator, we spent time in worship and adoration of God, with hymns and prayers of praise. The time of praise included the reading of psalms in several languages, reflecting the diversity of our school as well as the many tribes and languages represented in Revelations 7:9-12. One parent remarked that it was a small glimpse of “heaven on earth.”
After spending additional time in confession and thanksgiving, the entire group walked around the school property, praying at five stations which included main entrance, south entrance, playground, athletic fields, and the academic building. Inside we gathered again and broke out into smaller groups that covered every class, teacher and room. Many families brought their little ones, teaching their children the importance and power of prayer. In the hallways, parents and their children together laid hands on lockers and prayed for individual students by name, providing a powerful visual reminder of how we pass on the legacy of the loving God to our children, as commanded in Deuteronomy 6:5.
One parent commented, “I was so inspired by the parents who brought their entire family, including their children. We want our children to love the Lord and depend on Him. Some of that is taught, much of it is caught, and some of it God puts in their hearts without any help from us, but we have to nurture it. It was truly a blessing to see so many CHA students coming out with their parents today.”
Christian Heritage Academy started in the heart of God and in the hearts of several individuals who prayed about establishing a Christian school in the northern suburbs of Chicago in the early 1980’s when public education was growing progressively more hostile toward biblical truths. The centrality of prayer is and remains a founding principle of CHA, and will, by God’s grace, continue to inform and shape all that we do at CHA. Together we exist to build into the next generation of Christ-followers, and our unifying corporate prayer is, “May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth (in our hearts, families, school and community) as it is in heaven.”