14 Prayers for Your Home and Homeschool in 2021
by Kristi Crosson
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that nothing is guaranteed and to expect the unexpected. No one could’ve imagined how last year was going to go down. While people were busy creating vision boards, selecting words of the year, and ordering curriculum, many didn’t bathe the year in prayer.
Prayer is powerful. I’ve seen countless articles about preparing your homeschool for 2021, but the most important thing you could ever do, is PRAY. That’s not a cliché. Prayer is about drawing you close to the Lord and declaring His word over your life and the lives of your children and family members.
Pray for Peace
The song “The Blessing” rose to popularity in 2020. It became an anthem of the people of God who were struggling and suffering during a worldwide pandemic. The scripture it comes from is Numbers 6:24-26.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you PEACE.”
Peace does many things. It calms you when things around you are unstable and dark. It draws you closer to God. It allows you to make decisions that aren’t based on emotion. It helps you sleep. Peace—Godly peace—is powerful.
Pray for Wisdom
We are bombarded with messaging the moment we open our phones or turn on our computers. It takes wisdom and discernment to be able to wade through those messages and know what to do with them.
Proverbs 4:7 says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and understanding about what’s happening in the world and how to apply it to your life and homeschool. Wisdom helps you make better decisions about your child’s learning, how they are doing, and gives you ways to adjust your homeschool when needed.
Pray for Faith
Faith is like a muscle. It starts small, but as you use it, it grows. The best way to increase your faith is by turning off the worldly messages, and to fill your mind with the word of God.
Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. There is also a scripture (Mark 9:24) that talks about a man who was struggling to believe for healing for his son, and he cried out, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”.
While you pray for faith and seek God through His word, be honest in the moments your faith is wavering. God will provide help when you ask.
Pray for Your Children
I could write a million things here. But pray all these things over your children. Pray for their faith, wisdom, peace, healing, freedom from fear, etc. While academics are important, the most valuable part of homeschooling is the relationships they build with you and the opportunities to disciple them in the ways of the Lord.
Pray the Lord would awaken their giftings. Pray the Lord would use them for His Kingdom.
Pray for Relationships
One of the hardest parts of 2020 was the isolation for many people. Pray the Lord would bring new friends for your children, that He would reconcile relationships that fell to the wayside, and that He would mend broken relationships due to disagreements.
Pray for Healing
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.” – James 5:14-15
Pray Against Fear
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18
Pray Against the Plans of the Enemy
“‘No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgement you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the Lord.” – Isaiah 54:17
Pray for Provision
“My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Pray for Opportunities to Make Disciples
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
You Can Also Pray These Prayers:
Pray for your home to be a refuge (Psalm 34:8)
Pray for your home to be filled with God’s presence (Matthew 18:20)
Pray to overcome (Revelation 12:11)
Pray for your children to know Jesus (Acts 16:31)
Prayer is incredibly powerful. As we begin 2021, let’s draw near to the Lord and declare His goodness in our homes and our homeschool, on our streets, in our cities, states, and to the ends of the earth.
About the Author
Kristi Crosson is a writer and photographer and homeschools her three children, ages 8, 4, and 2. She is in the process of writing her first book, a personal story about God’s goodness in the midst of heartache and impossible situations.
Her background includes work in communications for a large Christian non-profit and freelance writing for hundreds of businesses on social media and blogs.
She has more than 15 years of ministry experience serving in the church and learned valuable leadership skills that she applies to her life and businesses. Kristi has a huge heart to fight human trafficking and see women experience God’s love in powerful ways.
When she is not busy with her businesses or her family, she enjoys creating art, playing music, singing, and hiking. And somehow manages to "do it all". Don't be fooled. In getting real, she'll share about how she manages her day to day work in business and homeschool.
You can read Kristi’s column, Getting Real with Kristi on the 3rd Tuesday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.