Joyful Grandparenting, Part 3: Pray

Being a deliberate grandparent means taking our role seriously.

In Part 1, we discussed Sharing Our Gifts. In Part 2, we discussed Sharing Our Faith.  And a third way to have an important impact is to:

3. Pray For Our Grandchildren 

Our age, experience and love gives us special wisdom in praying specifically for our grandchildren’s hearts and lives.

If you’d like to start a prayer group for grandparents and want some help, check out Christian Grandparenting Network, where you can find resources and information for grandparents interested in starting a G@P group—grandparents standing in the gap for their grandchildren.

Whether you start a group or pray on your own, here are some prayer ideas:
  • Pray Scripture. 
For example, use Philippians 1:9-11 filling in your grandchild's name:

"And this is my prayer: that           's   love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that           may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God."

Other good Scripture prayers: Ephesians 1:17-19, Colossians 1:9-14

  • Pray for the specific challenges related to your grandchildren's ages and stages in life.  This article gives some good guidelines: Praying For Different Stages.
  • Give yourself reminders: Pull our their wallet photos and pray for each one while waiting for appointments.  Each time you pass their framed photos on your wall, pray. Set your alarm for the hour they start or finish school and pray for their schoolwork and relationships. When they sleep over, spend time in prayer for them after they've fallen asleep.
  • Pray often. 
Prayer for our grandchildren is one of our most important ministries at this stage of our lives...let's do it deliberately and regularly.

What are some creative ways you pray for your grandchildren? Please leave a comment and share your ideas with me and other readers.




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This is part of an article that was published in Reach Out Columbia, September 2012.

7 comments:

  1. Praying for my grandkids often is definitely one thing I do right. Maybe to excess. Is that possible? :-D Thank you so much for sharingthis in the GRAND Social! ♥

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    1. No, Lisa, I don't think you can pray in excess : )
      Keep it up!

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  2. So thankful to have you as a wonderful Grammy praying for my kids! What a blessing. :) Love you mom!

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  3. Visiting from Faith Filled Friday - such good reminders and ideas for praying for our grandchildren! Enjoyed my visit here again - and am continually wanting to be reminded of the importance of praying for our families, and for others.

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  4. Oh I love this! I was so struck by your term 'deliberate grandparenting'. That's what I want to do....thank you so much for this post and for linking with me :)

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  5. I started out reading the post you linked up over at WholeHearted Home and then started skipping around to all your posts about grandparents. What a blessing. You have challenged me to pray more. I pray but it is never enough, is it?! You are such a blessing, Gail, thanks so much for always putting out such warm and encouraging posts as I look to this season of my life.

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