Sunday, July 21, 2013


In Time for Back to School: New “Prayers for My Public School” Book Written by Resident of Republic, Mo

CONTACT: David Burton

REPUBLIC, Mo. – “Prayers for My Public School,” is a newly published book designed to help individuals develop a daily prayer habit for the public school in their community. The 58-page book is written by David L. Burton, a resident of Republic, Mo.

“This book contains daily prayers that can be used by anyone who is committed to praying for their public school,” said Burton. “There are 195 different prayers to use and the book also includes areas to allow the reader to write in their own prayers. I believe this book will be the most powerful when readers become actively engaged in prayer on a daily basis.”

Burton says the book is intended to be inspirational and challenging. The idea for the book began in August of 2011 after Burton attended the “Global Leadership Summit” hosted by Ridgecrest Baptist Church at Remington’s in Springfield, Mo.

“I learned new leadership ideas at that event, but I also heard how God took the little actions of individuals and used them in mighty ways. That got me to thinking about my local public school, the R-III School District in Republic,” said Burton.

As a result of that seminar, Burton started a Facebook group called, “Pray for the Republic School District” and committed to making daily posts. His goal was to encourage prayer for the public school in his hometown. Eventually, the Facebook page had over 600 followers who were reading and sharing the daily 6:30 a.m. prayer posts made by Burton during the school year.

“The community page was a public extension of what I had been doing for seven years with my own children. Every school day before dropping my children off at the school door we would say a prayer. I thought there might be a few like-minded individuals who would join with me in prayer,” said Burton.

At the urging of friends, Burton started collecting his prayers in 2012 (not just posting them online) to create this book. “Prayers for My Public School” contains daily prayers that can be used by anyone who is committed to praying for their public school.

“I ask God each day to be with our children and to guide their decision making. But I also pray for children’s teachers, the school administration, school staff and other students. That focus is reflected in this book,” said Burton. “Prayer changes things.”

The book can be ordered online now at or in digital and print formats. It will soon be available on other websites and at retailers and libraries.

Other books written by David L. Burton are: “A History of Rural Schools in Greene County, Mo.” and “Driving Tour of One-Room Schools in the Ozarks.” Both books are non-fiction and are also available in both print and digital formats at

Printed copies of the prayer book can also be ordered directly from David Burton by sending a check for $8.99 (includes book and $3 for shipping and handling) to 2311 E. Kentwood, Republic, Mo. 65738.

Prayers for my Public School
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
Authored by David L. Burton
List Price: $5.99
Size: 6" x 9"
58 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1489523808
ISBN-10: 1489523804
BISAC: Religion / Prayer

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