110802_robertbentely_ap_328MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The governor of Alabama declared Friday to be the statewide ‘Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama,’ urging people of faith to lift up youth in the state in their prayers that they may live godly and honorable lives. “Whereas Alabama students face extreme challenges, such as peer pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol, negative influences in the media, school violence and gang activities, and low self-esteem,” the proclamation issued by Governor Robert Bentley read, “… Alabamians are encouraged to pray for God’s protection, guidance and peace, and for opportunities and blessings on the students of Alabama.” “And whereas that prayer be offered for our schools, teachers and administrators for God’s wisdom and knowledge as they impart to the students of our state the greatest lessons of life and morality, and the education that each student deserves,” it continued, “Now, therefore, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim March 28, 2014 as [the] Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama.” More