Like most of you probably do, I get up early so that I can have quiet, uninterrupted time with the Lord each morning. That is an anchor to my day which I value so dearly. I have just finished reading through the book of Deuteronomy and this morning I decided to jump into the book of Colossians. I didn’t think too much about it, but just dove right in. And guess what? The words jumped out at me! While the apostle Paul wrote this book to believers at Colossae, I believe the verses in the beginning of chapter one are wonderful scriptures for homeschool moms to pray through as well.
As I started to read the first chapter, one in which I have read many times, the verses spoke to me in a new way. You know how scriptures can do that sometimes? I read and re-read the verses, inserting my name and those of my family into them. Then I started to journal about them and was so encouraged and filled up by them. I hope you find encouragement in these verses as well.
A Life-giving Prayer
Colossians 1:9-13 (ESV) says this:
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
A Filling that Leads to Fruit
Let’s break this down for a moment. First, ask that you would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. As wives, moms, homeschoolers, friends, and followers of Jesus, we desperately want and need knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. And yet, we can often forget to ask God for it. We need this daily!
Why do we ask for this knowledge and understanding? So that we can walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him. This is a prayer I pray almost daily for myself and my family. We need help with this, wouldn’t you agree? There are far too many opportunities to let our flesh take over if we are not asking for help to walk in a manner glorifying to God.
What does walking in a manner worthy of the Lord look like? One that bears fruit in every good work and increases in the knowledge of God. Now, how about that! Wouldn’t that be truly wonderful if we all bore fruit in every good work?! What would your life look like if that were the case? What would be different?
A Strengthening with Power for Endurance
Not only can we ask for knowledge and wisdom, but also for strength and power. Life can be exhausting. It takes a supernatural strength to get through most days in which we are living for Him. Ask for strength with all power according to His glorious might. See how that affects your day.
Why do we need strength? Because we need to endure. We need patience. Every day we deal with character issues, learning struggles, financial difficulties, chores to be done, errands to be run, people to serve, meals to prepare, etc. Not to mention illnesses or injuries that might arise or loved ones for whom we need to care. All of it requires endurance and patience. Without strength, we can feel crushed.
Not only do we need strength to endure, but we also need joy. In the midst of all we need to endure, we want to do it with joy. I know that often doesn’t come naturally to me. But we can pray that through His strength we will be able to endure with joy.
A Heart of Thankfulness
Finally, we can pray for hearts of thankfulness to the Father. We have an eternal inheritance. Redemption and forgiveness of our sins are ours to receive for free. We are part of a heavenly Kingdom. When we remember these truths, we can’t help but have thankful hearts. And yet, we can easily fix our eyes on what is seen, rather than what is unseen, and forget to be thankful. Pray for hearts of thankfulness – both for yourself and for your kids.
I hope your heart is refreshed today as you were reminded of God’s amazing truths in His word. I encourage you to pray through scripture for you and your family. These verses that Paul wrote are encouraging and life-giving scriptures for homeschool moms. Take them to heart and see what God does in and through you.
If you have other verses that bless you as a homeschool mom, I’d love to hear them! I will be writing more encouraging scriptures to pray over your homeschool. So, stay tuned…