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Christian Home School Curriculum
The Power of Prayer

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Christian Home School Curriculum - Before we start with our daily morning prayers; we recite the following which has become our homeschool and life motto:

Christian Home School Curriculum - POWER

Prayer starts each day! Invite the Lord to guide your life each day, and you will have His power to handle all things that come your way!

One God, one Bible, one Saviour, one way to Heaven - through Jesus!

Walk daily for health and fitness!

Enjoy your school years; they pass by so fast!

Read and study the Bible daily for it is our most important subject!

Remember, use your power each and every day! You have but one life to live, and it will soon be past; only what's done for Christ will last!

Christian Home School Curriculum - The Benefits of Prayer

Prayer plays an important role in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. The Bible instructs us in 1Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray without ceasing." Since God wants us to continually pray, it must be important. A healthy prayer life can be the most satisfying aspect of your life. Prayer is not one-sided, it is not only for God, but is beneficial for us as well.

One benefit of prayer is a stronger relationship with our Heavenly Father; praying opens the lines of communication. In order to have a healthy relationship we need to communicate. We can let the Lord know our worries, our needs and our praises. Even though God already knows these things, it is very therapeutic for us to say it out loud; a silent prayer works just as well.

Christian Home School Curriculum - Prayer is Therapeutic

Prayer is very therapeutic. It has the power to reduce stress and worry. It can encourage us and get us through difficult times. When we pray we are putting our burdens on God. He is taking them away. The burdens are no longer ours to carry alone. We can rest assured that God is in charge and that His Will will be done. We have God's promise that He will supply our every need (Philippians 4:19), so we have no reason to worry.

God tells us in Luke 11:9 "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." An additional benefit to prayer is the ability to ask God for our heart's desires. There are times we do not have items we would like to have because we have not asked God for them. Of course our prayers should not be filled entirely with our wants, but we do need to let God know of our desires and needs. If anyone can provide us our desires, it is God.

The above are just a few of the benefits that a healthy prayer life can provide. The fact that we are given the ability to communicate with our Heavenly Father is a privilege that should not be ignored.

Christian Home School Curriculum - What Does it Mean to Pray?

For some, prayer has become an afterthought. It is something done while sitting in a church pew or around a child's bed before sleep. Or sometimes a prayer is offered to the cosmos as a wish or a heartfelt desire. However, the act of praying is a vibrant, dynamic and transformative one, and it should become an integral part of our life.

Christian Home School Curriculum - What is Prayer?

In the simplest terms, prayer is a reverent conversation between us and God. When we pray, we remind ourselves that everything we are, and everything we have is because and through the power, grace and mercy of the one true God. When we are in communion with God through prayer, we allow the connection between the Word, the Holy Spirit, and ourselves to become stronger and deeper, and allow the seeds of faith to be firmly planted within ourselves.

Christian Home School Curriculum - Prayer, A Conversation with God

This conversation with God begins by opening our mind, soul and spirit to what God has to say, both in a still small voice, and within the Bible. In addition to supplication, and bringing our requests and praises to the presence of God, prayer is also about being able to listen to the voice of God. Sometimes a response is easy to determine, and sometimes our ability to hear God is hampered by the many other voices we hear throughout our daily lives. Praying in a reverent and devoted manner is one of the best ways to allow us to focus solely on the word of God and what He is saying to us.

Christian Home School Curriculum - The Act of Praying

Throughout the Bible, the act of praying is not seen as something done without thought or as an obligation. There are numerous examples of prophets, disciples, and even Jesus praying to God in a sincere, alert manner. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus implored Peter to "watch and pray" with Him. In the letters written by Paul, there are many examples of his encouraging words telling fellow Christians to pray in a reverent and focused manner.

When a person prays, it is not for the betterment of God. God knew from the start all the potential within us, and it is through prayer that we can unlock His Grace and the potential to transform ourselves into the true Christian that we were meant to be.

Christian Home School Curriculum - How to Pray

There is really no right or wrong way to pray. The Bible does give us an outline we can follow in Matthew 6:7-13.

Matthew 6:9 "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." This verse instructs us on how to start our prayers. Because God is our spiritual Father we should start our prayers addressing God as our Father. It also gives God the glory and respect He deserves. The word hallowed means "reverenced as holy," and by addressing God as our Father we are acknowledging His holiness.

Matthew 6:10 "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." This verse reminds us that it is God's Kingdom and God's Will that is important not our wants or will. The Bible encourages us to ask for everything we might want in James 4:2 "...yet ye have not, because ye ask not," but we have to realize that what we want may not be God's Will. Try praying for God's Will to be done and ask God to reveal His Will to you.

Matthew 6:11 "Give us this day our daily bread." This verse instructs us to pray for our daily provisions. We should pray for food, water, shelter, clothing, etc. Remember that God provides everything for us. God provides us the food we eat and the shoes on our feet. We should not only pray for our daily provisions but we should also thank God for providing them to us.

Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." This verse reminds us that we should not only ask God for forgiveness of our sins but we should also offer forgivensss to those who have wronged us.

Matthew 6:13 "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen." This verse is telling us that we need to ask God to not lead us into temptation and also to help us resist and conquer temptation. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 ("There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." God promises to never give us a temptation we cannot resist or conquer. Finally, we should end our prayers praising God, acknowledging that He alone is the King and holds all power and glory.

Christian Home School Curriculum - The Lord's Prayer

It is important to realize that these verses (known as the Lord's Prayer) are not something we should repeat verse by verse. Of course, memorizing and reciting scripture is always a good thing but the Lord's Prayer is meant as an outline to use in constructing our own prayers. Remember there is no right or wrong way to pray. The important thing is to just talk to God.

Christian Home School Curriculum - Finding Time to Pray

People use all kinds of excuses in order not to pray. Some of the excuses I've heard are, "I don't know how to pray", and "I just don't have the time to pray!" Because prayer plays a vital role in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, when we make excuses not to pray we are telling God He is not important to us.

The excuse "I don't have the time" is one of the easiest to fix. Prayers do not have to be long and time consuming. Prayer is not just a time to ask God for something; it is also a time to praise Him and thank Him for all He has done in our lives. A prayer can be as quick and simple as, "Thank you God for allowing me to miss that traffic accident on the highway".

Remember that you don't have to speak out loud to pray. God knows everything in our minds; nothing is hidden from Him. It is easy to say a quick prayer while getting ready for the day, before meals, while driving or even in line at the grocery store.

Christian Home School Curriculum - Quality Time with the Lord

Although the quick and simple prayers are great, we still need to make sure to spend some quality time with the Lord. I do this first thing in the morning before everyone else is up. I know some people that do it last thing in the evening before they go to bed. It doesn't matter when you do it as long as you set aside 10 minutes and do nothing but pour your heart out to God. Praise Him, thank Him and ask Him. If you keep a prayer journal, this would be a good time to get it out.

Taking just 10 minutes out of your day can make an astronomical difference in your life and in your relationship with God. You will see your personal relationship with the Heavenly Father start to grow. Prayer takes worries away, reduces stress and gives you inner peace. A regular prayer life with the Lord will be life changing.

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