Place of Prayer

Of course we can pray anywhere. We are not confined to a place, although it is good to find a quiet place away from distractions for our habitual prayer time. There are times my prayer closet has been in my heart. When I'm in the midst of the crisis and I cannot get away, my heart cries out. Sometimes we may not physically be able to find a quiet place except in our inner being. We can meet God there for this is where He dwells and it is in Him that we live and move and have our being. In other words, our relationship with our Father should not stop because we have left our quiet place. In fact, I find that I need Him even more so as I go about my day, so I want to keep up the conversation.

We are the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. The story of Jesus and the moneychangers is relevant to us today. This temple we call our own is to be a house of prayer, not a den of thieves; a place of seeking God rather than seeking the things of this world. We should pray that Jesus would do with us as He did at the temple and drive away those things that shift our focus away from Him.

Prayer Changes Things

Most of us have heard that cliché. I would like to add that prayer changes us. For example, when those really hard days used to hit my home, I would usually hit the ceiling. I would react in anger to all the demands. And, like the extra weight, the anger would just not come off. But, as I began to spend even a little bit of time with Him, He would speak to me. This created a desire to be with Him more often. Consequently, I desired to please Him in my actions and reactions. Soon, I saw a change in my behavior. I believe this was for two reasons. One, I sought after God purposely. Second, I listened to Him as He instructed me in how to live.

I am still learning to put my emotions under His control instead of losing control of my emotions, and I must say that an attitude of prayer makes all the difference! Now, if I have this prayerful attitude on that particularly trying day, I can simply ask God for a creative way to teach that math concept, while He leads me to calmly teach those rowdy boys how to comfort their baby sister. He will show me how to laugh while washing mud off of the little ones, and how to speak gently to my husband when he calls. This is walking in victory! This is walking in prayer. And as we travel this homeschooling road, it must be a prayerful journey.

Next time we will look at how we can bring our children with us into this relationship with God through prayer in Homeschooling: A Prayerful Journey – Part 2.

Deborah Wuehler is the Devotional and E-Newsletter editor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com. She lives in Roseville, CA with her husband Richard and their six gifts from heaven. E-mail Deborah at Devotions@TOSMag.com.