Prayer in our homeschool? How does that work with our school? I’m sure when you first looked at the title of this post you were thinking these or other questions. You may or may not be thinking “why is prayer in our homeschool important? It doesn’t have anything to do with education.” . Well that is where you are completely wrong.
As home educators we have taken it upon ourselves, for one reason or another, (i.e. faith, lack of good public schools, etc) to educate our children at home so that we can teach them not only how to read and write, but also about our traditions and our beliefs. What we don’t realize is that by including prayer in our schooling we are passing down to our children the importance of prayer in our everyday lives and that God is to be a part of every area of our lives.
Praying with our children creates a bond with them as well. Do you remember back a few years ago when you would see billboards all over the country that said “A family that prays together, stays together.” ? Well its true. Our children learn things by watching us. If we are not praying with or even in front of our children how do we expect them to learn to do it themselves?
Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
We know we are supposed to train our kids to read their Bible and go to church. We want to make sure they have a relationship with our creator. Prayer is a huge step in that relationship building process. So they must be trained to pray.
How to incorporate prayer into your school routine.
- Make it a priority. – Start off your morning with it. Praying together and asking each child to take turns praying. Ask your kids who or what they would like prayer for and then everyone pray together over those issues.
- Stop and pray when you/your child gets frustrated. – You may have a child that struggles with certain subjects and it just makes you both frustrated. Then would be a good time to stop, take a deep breath and pray together. After you’ve prayed you might just be able to start back and move on or maybe you will need to walk away for a little while. Regardless before you start back to work take a minute just to pray over yourself and your child to help you with this subject.
- Whenever someone asks for prayer have everyone pray with you. – Always include your kids in issues where people ask you to pray for them (unless its an issue that your kids should not know about). By including your children you are instilling the importance of standing in the gap for one another.
I can not stress how important prayer is in the body of Christ and how important it is to teach your children to pray when they are young. The younger they are the easier it is to form this habit into their lives. As they get older creating habits become more difficult not only for them but for you as well. It can still be done. Keep in mind it doesn’t have to be for a long period of time. It could just be a couple minutes but even that couple minutes will go a long way in helping your kids to learn to put prayer time as a priority in their lives.
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