Call to Prayer!🙏🙏🙏
CALL TO PRAYER!
Hello homeschooling friends across Michigan!
This beautiful spring weather, along with our recent celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, has many of us smiling more and excited about all the good things to come: being outdoors more to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, finishing up this year’s school subjects and making plans for summer and next fall… and gathering together as a homeschool community at the INCH Conference, May 18-20!
It’s hard to believe, but this year will be INCH’s 40th annual conference! That is quite a milestone and something great to celebrate, and we sincerely hope YOU can join us in Lansing this year! The conference is now just over a month away, and whether or not you are going to be able to physically gather with us in May, our MICHN team would like to ask all of you to join us in prayer— not only for this event, but for the homeschooling community in Michigan.
It is our heart, as we believe it is the Father God’s heart, that we, as His people and as parents tasked with the great responsibility of training up the next generation of leaders, be unified in our goal to impact this world, and particularly this state of Michigan, for Christ! We need to be busy about the work of God’s Kingdom- the work of making disciples who know, love, and serve the King- teaching them to walk in Truth! (This year’s conference theme- based on Psalm 86:11)
So we invite you to join us over the next few weeks in daily prayer especially for our upcoming INCH Conference, as we believe the Lord can really use that time to equip and encourage His people to do the work of home discipleship! The 30 days of prayer will begin NEXT Wednesday, April 19th and run through the first day of the conference on May 18th. Below is a list of all 30 topics we’ll be praying about in the 30 days leading up to INCH, if you want to print and have them all in one place. We will also be sending a weekly Wednesday prayer email, and posting daily on Facebook and Instagram. We truly appreciate your faithful prayers- that the Lord might work mightily among His people at INCH 2023!
NOTE: If you have not done so already, please click here and get registered for the conference!
The MICHN team
INCH 30 Days of Prayer 4/19/23-5/18/23
Today we are praying that God would be glorified in all things having to do with the INCH conference.
“Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:4
Today we are praying that all those who are supposed to attend the conference will, and nothing would be able to stop them.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matt. 18:20
Today we are praying that every detail of everything involved in planning and carrying out this conference will come together.
“ ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Zech. 4:6b
Today we are praying that there would be a clear call on the homeschools represented at the INCH conference, and that we would seek to honor and obey the Lord as we diligently teach our children at home.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Today we are praying that nothing would hinder the mission of the conference as it draws closer.
“I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:4
Today we are praying over the speakers at the conference. That they will be able to prepare well and clearly communicate that which the Lord has laid on their hearts to share with the homeschool community.
“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” Isaiah 25:1
Today we are praying that there will be no distractions during the conference. That those who are attending to learn will have supernatural focus and the ability to learn what the Lord has for them.
“Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” Isaiah 2:22
Today we are praying that relationships will be formed and solidified leading up to, during, and after the conference.
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Prov 13:20
Today we are praying that He will hear those who call upon His name during INCH. That He would reveal more of Himself as we wholeheartedly seek Him during this time.
“He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with them in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalms 91:15
Today we are praying over the children’s programming during the conference. That as the children gather together at the conference, they would be blessed and learn all that the Lord has for them there.
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Today we are praying the children’s conference workers: for endurance, strength, and super-natural love to flow from them.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
Today we are praying that each attendee and family represented at INCH would walk away with a renewed purpose and wisdom as to why we do what we do as homeschoolers.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90: 12
Today we are praying that the Lord would grant safety and traveling mercies to those coming to INCH from out of town.
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” Psalm 5: 11-12
Today we are praying that all who attend, serve at, and/or are in any way connected to the INCH conference would be filled with encouragement while there, and after.
“May the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Today we are praying for INCH leaders and conference organizers as the conference approaches. For wisdom, love, discernment, and endurance as they continue to serve the homeschool community in this way.
“For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.” 2 Corinthians 8:21
Today we are praying for the vendors as they seek to share resources with the homeschool community that could greatly improve the quality of our homeschools. That they would be blessed just as they seek to bless the attendees.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Today we are praying over the used curriculum sale, for logistics, peace to prevail, patients through long lines, and thanksgiving for God’s provision via the gift of quality curriculum at discounted prices.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Today we are praying for the marriages represented at the conference. That they would be strengthened and God honoring.
“‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19: 4-6
Today we are praying for the teen track: for wisdom to be imparted, clear focus, and servant heartedness to abound.
“Know that the Lord is God, it is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100: 3
Today we are praying that every word spoken at the conference, whether in session, in the hallway, vendor hall, etc will be glorifying to the Lord.
"My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord, let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever." Psalm 145:21
Today we are praying over the future generations that will be represented at INCH. That they will be set apart now for the Lord, that they will receive his wisdom and love and choose to follow him with whole-hearted devotion.
“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” Psalm 102:18
Today we are praying for veteran homeschool parents attending INCH to be infused with renewed strength, encouragement,endurance and passion for their children and for homeschooling.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Today we are praying over new or potential homeschool parents to receive boldness, encouragement, and purpose at the INCH conference.
Psalm 34:4-5,8, Isaiah 41:10, Phil 4:6-7
Today we are praying for the college and career fair: for logistics, communication, and new opportunities to be revealed.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1
Today we are praying for the Hands-On fair: that the kids will learn, explore and for hearts to be glad and joyful!
“A cheerful heart is good medicine” Psalm 17:22a
Today we are praying for the logistics of the conference to continue to come together. For everything from the sound system to food trucks to run smoothly and efficiently.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalms 100:1-2
Today we are praying that individual and family relationships with the Lord would be strengthened during the conference.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
Today we are praying against any last minute distraction or attempts to stop us from gathering together at the conference and intentionally commit to gathering in His name to spur one another on in this great homeschooling journey.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
Today we are praying over the Special Needs Symposium. That the parents who attend would be encouraged in their journey.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are beautiful. I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14
Today we come before the Lord and ask once again, that every aspect of the INCH conference would be pleasing to him, and that he would receive all glory and honor!
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11