As moms, we are fully employed in the simple (yet not so easy) task of raising our children. If you happen to have a job outside the home, you are not just doubly employed—it is more like quadruple. Nursing babies, chasing toddlers, sports practices, and/or helping with homework don’t leave much time for effecting change on a national level. And if you are anything like me, that can seem frustrating.
I see the news. I read the articles. Trouble in so many layers and spheres of our country’s fabric that the National Anthem and God Bless America have become my go to praise songs as I vacuum the floors and wipe noses. I raise my children to affect the future, but what can I do TODAY?
As I circled the table preaching to my little flock yesterday morning, I decided that more than just our daily prayers after morning devotions or bedtime were needed. So, I instituted The Prayer Square.
Asking Shepherd to fetch some painter’s tape, I marked out a small square near the hallway in our home. I told the children that any time during the day they could take a minute to go over and pray for our country. Our troops. Our nation’s elected leaders and our local officials. The pastors. Police officers. I didn’t care if just every time they walked past the prayer square they simply said “God Bless America.” I know that even such simple requests made to our loving Heavenly Father do not go unanswered.
Because seriously, we have no idea the exponential power of prayer. Who knows what the Lord will do through the prayers of these children. And then I thought I could really stir up a hornet’s nest and ask you all to do the same thing. Make a prayer square and invite your wee ones and your older children to simply lift up our country to the throne of matchless grace and enduring love. Every time you rush past the square, say the name of a national leader and ask God to bless them with wisdom. Let your children hear you. What God sees us doing in private, he will reward us openly for. The ultimate reward of a better future for our children will be fought first on our knees and in our prayers.
So go ahead, let your child be An Army Of One. Let them learn to take a moment and pray for something huge. As parents, let’s keep our eyes open for the revival, the changes (no matter how seemingly small) we see, and the heart of our nation will be changed.
Because as Reagan wisely stated, ours is the only national anthem that ends in a question…
“Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave…
over the land of the free, and the home of the brave?”
That question may be answered favorably in years to come simply because some moms and dads decided to cordon off a small section of their home and remind their children to pray for the future of the United States of America. I dare you to tape off a prayer square, take a photo of your child praying, and share this blog post and your photo on social media.
Let’s see how many families we can get in on this underground army.