Proactive or Reactive
The tendency of most people—Christians included—is to wait for things to get really bad before they react and, unfortunately, that reaction can get pretty ugly. Legislative Days has been ICHE’s way of being a proactive and positive presence in Springfield and beyond for several years. Because of this forward thinking, who knows how many potential pitfalls have been avoided that would have otherwise threatened our home schooling freedoms here in Illinois. An ounce of prevention …
This vision, however, still demands time and energy, commitment and sacrifice in order to go from idea to reality. Several hundred people were the feet of ICHE during Cherry Pie Day by either being present or baking a cherry pie and sending them up with a friend or both.
Prayer demands a similar vision. It represents the ability to look down the road to either 1) avoid problems or 2) walk in a God-ordained strategy to extend the kingdom of God in the face of opposition even when neither seems an issue at present. When Christ told His disciples that “… this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting,” He was telling His followers to get prepared for the increase level of spiritual activity they would experience in the future. Famed UCLA coach and strong Christian, John Wooden, said, “It’s too late to prepare come game time.”
This is my hope with the monthly day of prayer and fasting as well as the weekly prayer commitment of one hour that many have already committed to. I pray that God would grant us the ability to look down the corridor of the future so that we can go forward against the gates of hell. This month’s prayer and fast requests are as follows:
- Although there is over 7 hour’s driving time from Metropolis to Freeport, we will be able to connect and network to become a strong army of believers throughout the entire state of Illinois.
- And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.--Ezra 3:1
- So he said to Him, “O my Lord,[b] how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”--Judges 6:15,16
- There will be a renewed sense of the “fear of the Lord” among the home school community
- Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.--Psalms 25:12
- Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.--Psalms 86:11
- Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.--Psalms 34:11
- God would raise up leaders with a vision of home discipleship
- But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.--Exodus 9:16
- Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them.--Judges 2:16
- That God would help us to meet the changes in culture and keep reaching out, yet keep the home schooling vision pure.
- Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.--Jeremiah 2:11 (that we would not lose our vision of home discipleship)
- But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you 27 (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean)--Leviticus 18:26,27 (as we see new people come in, their standards will rise and ours not lower)
I praise God for your willingness to join me in this new chapter of ICHE. May God be glorified and His kingdom influence extended.
Executive Director, ICHE