I don't know about you, but I will fall flat on my face and end in total failure and disappointment any day which I have not bathed in prayer. I just can't do this thing called life, this monumental task of home education, without the Lord's steady hand upon me. And I can only walk hand-in-hand with Him to the degree that I seek Him first in prayer.
If the hand the rocks the cradle truly is the hand that rules the world, then our world is in utter danger if those cradle-rocking hands are not folded in prayer to our Lord each day. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the actual truth for all mothers everywhere is this: we shape the future by the manner in which we raise our children today.
Here is a quote from E.M. Bounds on prayer and thanksgiving that inspires and challenges me:
"God does much for us in answer to prayer, but we need from Him many gifts, and for them we are to make special prayer. According to our special needs, so must our praying be. We are to be specific and particular and bring to the knowledge of God by prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, our particular requests, the things we need, the things we greatly desire. And with it all, accompanying all these requests, there must be thanksgiving." - E.M. Bounds On Prayer
So, what about you today? Do you need some special gift from Him that will aid you in your homeschooling? Then make special prayer for that gift which you need! Don't delay, but get about the work of praying for what you need today! Be specific as you pray; request exactly what you need, what you desire. But be sure to give Him abundant thanks as you pray. Don't neglect being thankful! A grateful attitude is key in keeping our hearts properly aligned with our loving Father. Be careful as you pray that you don't act like a bratty, spoiled child. Rather, as Paul said, with thanksgiving make your requests known.(Phil. 4:6)
Pray today for your homeschool. For your children. For your wants and for your needs. For your husband. For your local church. For yourself.
We are most blessed when we are safely grounded in the Lord through prayer with much thanksgiving. We bring Him great glory when we live lives of thankful dependence upon Him alone.
Day 339 done :)
Jan L. Burt