The new homeschool year is around the corner! There’s so much to do to prepare, like research, purchase, organize, plan and implement.
With all these things in mind, can you possibly be missing anything if you’ve done it all?
One thing that we can forget to do in our homeschool planning and preparation is involve our Father through prayer. Praying for your homeschool is so important, and there’s actually something amazing that you experience when you pray… an intimate relationship with God.
What’s the point of prayer?
One thing that is often associated with prayer, is to pray when you need to. Isn’t that why we pray?
When things are good, why is prayer necessary? Don’t you only go to God when you need Him?
If prayer is a whole pie, going to God with what you need is just a slice of it.
A change in perspective
We are a people that like to pat ourselves on the back, be all about self-everything, and forget that God is moving and at work in our lives at all times. We leave God out of the equation in our lives as if He’s only needed at certain times – like when we don’t know what else to do and He’s becomes our last hope.
And then to top it all off, when things aren’t going well in our life, either we blame God and run from Him, or we want Him to fix things in our lives and we run to Him.
I tend to wonder if we view God and treat Him more as a genie in a bottle or a vending machine.
It’s crucial that we change our perspective of prayer and get to know what prayer does.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15
What does prayer do?
Prayer connects you to God’s heart
The closest thing to God’s heart is people. Our life is not our own. Being a mom, you’re experiencing this already.
God is looking for you to have a heart for Him and His people; to care about what He cares about, and to do what He leads you to do because His interest for you is always the best for you and your family.
Our Father is helping to build character in us through everything we come across – whether it’s challenging or exciting. He wants us to learn from our experiences and those of others. In homeschooling, the same thing happens – homeschooling is not just about what’s being taught and learned; it’s the character we need to sustain us during what’s being taught and learned.
The calling to homeschool becomes so much more than academics – it’s about discipleship, relationship and character development in you and your children.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
Prayer changes you, not God
God is perfect and so are His ways.
A lot of times, when we pray, we have our own purpose, agenda and wish list in mind. We want to say the things we want to say, have the genie command our wish and expect it in a microwaved time.
Prayer isn’t about changing God’s mind about something; it’s to change you!
There’s so much that happens when we pray and spend time with our Father, but the most radical thing that happens in prayer is the change in us. We change more into the image of our Father.
When we pray God’s Word and hear from Him, something starts happening on the inside of us, and we become changed. When you spend time with God, you can’t help but come out of your prayer time “looking” more like Jesus!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18
When we pray, we are activating our faith in who God says He is, based on the promises in His Word, which reinforces the character of God in our hearts.
Heavenly influence on the earth
You, as a child of God have purpose on this earth. You are God’s representatives on this earth with a design to influence and impact people by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within you, making earth look like heaven.
Luke 11:2 says, So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Genesis 1:28 says, Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God is always doing new things in different ways. And the way He moves is through people. That’s why He wants a relationship with you. Prayer is more than just about you; it’s about those people in your sphere of influence, whether at home with your children, volunteering at a sport, or meeting someone at the grocery store – you are designed to impact people.
Your life is not your own.
The promises of God are for good and not evil. God never changes His good plans for our health, finances, relationships and well-being, so then we can know that the Word of God is to be prayed, decreed and declared, and it shall be established.
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:20-24
How to begin praying for your homeschool
Now that you know what prayer does, the intimate relationship that you’re building with God, our Father, and the change and impact He wants you to make on this earth, you can begin praying for your homeschool!
Prayer is a self-discipline.
You’ll need to find a time where you can be quiet with God and focus on your homeschool. With so many things you can pray for related to your homeschool, where do you begin?
This homeschool prayer journal includes a focus to pray into each day for 30 days or at the pace you can. Each day has a scripture that you can meditate on, and journaling lines to include what’s on your heart and what Holy Spirit is revealing to you. This homeschool prayer journal is very intentional as you walk with God praying for your homeschool.
To begin praying for your homeschool, these free prayer journal printables are available for you. There’s no time like now, and you’re never too late!
I would love for you to share with me how God is revealing Himself to you as you’re praying for your homeschool with focus and intention. Feel free to share in the comments below!
Anchored in Jesus,