New Year Edition
5-Day Prayer Challenge
Praying about working from home.
Welcome to Day Four!
Only two days left! Are you feeling energized about your prayer life?
We have learned how simple it is to pray.
We have prayed with God’s words for strength to be the woman He would have us to be.
We have prayed with God’s words for the ability to meet the needs of those around us in the world.
These are just to be stepping stones that lead you into deeper prayer about more complex things. I hope that you are getting the idea that not every prayer needs to be a deep, gut-wrenching prayer. Nor does a deep, gut-wrenching prayer need to be a long prayer.
We are learning to pray as the moment calls for it.
Today we are going to talk about praying as a woman who is providing for herself and those in her care.
The woman who fears the Lord in Proverbs 31 is one who is grounded in her faith and knowledge of God’s word. She is also someone who uses her talents to care for the needs of people inside and outside of her family circle.
Today, let’s consider how a woman of virtue goes about having the financial means to accomplish those things.
Today’s challenge is going to be praying for ways to financially support the efforts you go to for your family and others. Consider Proverbs 31:13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 24, and 27.
The first thing I would like you to notice is HOW MANY of the verses in our context talk about this. Eight verses, out of 22, talk about physical work that brings some kind of “support”.
Everything in these verses talk about either using the funds she has well or bringing in more funds.
God gave a lot of attention to this topic. He put these activities right in the hands of the woman.
We need to take note though – the HOME is always at the center of what she does. She doesn’t have these jobs to build her own self-importance. They are not to validate her existence outside of being a wife and a mother – they are part and parcel to the roles of being a woman.
She is not a woman in a man’s world. She is very much a woman moving in the world wherein God gave her the freedom and authority to move. She doesn’t do her work “like a man”. She absolutely does the work of a woman of valor. What she does NOT do is take away from what the men around her do. We will look more at that tomorrow in direct relation to her being a wife.
Just like the last two days, you are going to use the Prayer Worksheet to write out a prayer based on what you read in Proverbs 31:13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 24, and 27.
Here are some suggestions for praying about working from home:
Prayers of thanksgiving that the means to clothe yourself and your family are provided. Thanksgiving for easy access to good food. Thanksgiving for the strength to accomplish what is needed.
Prayers for help in finding good places and prices for food and clothing.
Prayers for teachers to teach you how to sew clothes, purchase material at good prices, and for ways to sell things that you make from these same skills.
Prayers for good money-making opportunities to come along. Pray for wisdom in making large purchases like cars or land.
Prayers for God to help you to be confident about what you have done so you can give a good answer for how you have earned and spent the money that you have.
Prayers for help to see where a need might be that you can fill. Which skills can you use to bring in an income while also saving someone else from having to do the work themselves?
Prayers to remain diligent about getting the work done and not falling prey to being idle.
Prayers for doing all of this with the intention of doing so to support the household, not usurping the position of your husband, and not bringing glory to yourself.
What other prayers can you think of? You can be more specific.
If you already have a means of earning income – pray specifically for it, that God will bless it. Pray that it not become a hinderance to the other responsibilities that you have and that others will be blessed by it.
As always – don’t over think it. What is your need in this area? Do you need to find a way to bring in more money, so the buying of food and clothes is easier? Do you need to work on your attitude about money? Do you need to work being a better steward of the money that already comes in?
Just word a simple prayer to God about the efforts that you make in this area.
Don’t forget to share in the Facebook event for the challenge! Encourage others by sharing what you have learned!