Household Prayer: Education Foundation: the Fear of the LORD

2022-2023 season prayer kick-off

Pray for our wives, our children, and our community into the next school year.

Set the foundation of the fear of the Lord in our children’s hearts, minds, and soul. 

Proverbs 1:2-4,7 (NASB)
[2] To know wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of understanding,
[3] To receive instruction in wise behavior,
Righteousness, justice and equity;
[4] To give prudence to the naive,
To the youth knowledge and discretion… 
[7] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;

“This verse affirms that all knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord… for nearly four centuries, Americans believed that the fear of the Lord was the beginning of academic knowledge. For example, America’s first college, Harvard, was established in 1636, and its rules declared:

Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Prov. 2, 3). Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein…

“In 1779, when chiefs from the Delaware Indian tribe brought George Washington three youths to be trained in American schools, Washington reaffirmed that the fear of the Lord was still central to American education. Commending the chiefs for their decision, he told them: ‘You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.’ By George Washington’s own words, what youth learned in America’s schools ‘above all’ was ‘the religion of Jesus Christ’ -that is, ‘the fear of the Lord’” – The Founders’ Bible, 2012, Shiloh Road Publishers 

But now, O God, strengthen my hands…

When the work aligns with God’s will, God will see it completed.  

There is a quote in the book “Gashmu Saith It” that says   “Education is one of the central instruments given to us by God for the establishment and perpetuation of a culture.”  

Gashmu, or Geshem as the name is translated in the ESV, is a minor critic of the rebuilding of God’s temple in Nehemiah 6:

“In the same way Sanballat for the fifth time sent his servant to me with an open letter in his hand. In it was written, “It is reported among the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews intend to rebel; that is why you are building the wall…” Then I sent to him, saying, “No such things as you say have been done, for you are inventing them out of your own mind.” For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands… So the wall was finished… in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.” Nehemiah 6:5-9, 15-16 ESV

Continue the work of setting the foundation of the fear of the Lord for our children even in the face of opposition, fear, and doubt!

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