"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority" (1 Timothy 2:1-2a).

As a homeschooling parent, do you have a burden for your child's future as a United States citizen? As I watched the decay of morality in our nation during my short lifetime, my heart grieved for my children and what they would face during their adult years. Sin's influence has been accepted and legislated into laws that wreak havoc in families, businesses, and governments. Today, homeschoolers, as well as all Christians, have the privilege to unite during the National Day of Prayer. Together, we can proclaim our faith in God and the need for prayer to bring our country back to "one nation under God."

Throughout the Old Testament, we read how God removed His hand of blessing when Israel failed to worship God as He commanded. Forgetting He was the source of their blessings when times were good, they repeatedly "did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25b). Today, the world is not much different. Society makes its own rules for what is right and wrong, and the nation suffers, as people put their trust in men rather than in God. God continues to call out as in days of old, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

What about your family? Do you actively pray for those in authority in your city, state, and federal governments? If ever our country needed prayer, it's now! Take a moment now to pray as a homeschooling family. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (2 Timothy 3:1-5a).

Father, like the prophets of old, we cry for mercy and forgiveness for a nation that has forgotten You. Bring our country back to You in repentance and use our homeschooling family to intercede for those who have the power to make the changes that will glorify You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.