Finding Joy in Praying for my Grandchildren

Written by Lillian Penner

family_praygrandkidsWhat a joy it is to have that precious little grandchild come running into your arms with hugs and kisses. The six-year-old granddaughter calling to tell you she lost her first tooth or your seven-year-old grandson excited about making his first goal in his soccer game.

In addition to the senior discounts, grandchildren are one of the rewards of growing older. Mary H. Waldrip says it well, “Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.”

I grew up in a Midwest rural community many years ago. I didn’t encounter the temptations and pressures my grandchildren are facing today in this media driven culture. Our society is teetering on the brink of moral and spiritual bankruptcy. I pray for protection from the evil deception in the world.

I have nine grandchildren, ages ranging from three years to twenty-five years. As a long-distance grandmother for many years, I was not fully aware of my grandchildren’s immediate needs. I prayed that God would bless them, give them good health and protection. Ultimately, I became frustrated and felt something was lacking with my vague and general prayers. I asked God to show me how to become more deliberate in praying for them.

After reading Grandma, I Need Your Prayers by Quin Sherrer & Ruthanne Garlock, and When Mothers Pray by Cheri Fuller, prayers for my grandchildren changed dramatically. The books were full of practical advice, encouraging me to use specific scriptures in praying, motivating me to pray regularly and specifically for their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

I want to share some of the practical advice I pursued.

  • I developed a Photo Prayer Journal in a three-ring binder with a section for each grandchild. Each section had a profile sheet with the grandchild’s picture and information about their school, church, friends, and activities. This is followed with several blank pages on which I record myprayer concerns, hopes, and dreams for the grandchild.
  • God’s Word became a manual for learning how to pray more effectively for my grandchildren. Praying scripture unleashes the supernatural power of God in their lives. When I pray according to God’s Word, I am in line with His will. As I started claiming God’s promises and personalizing the scriptures for them, I experienced more confidence and boldness in my prayer life.
  • New channels of communication opened with my older grandchildren when I asked how I could pray for them. For the younger children I consulted with their parents to keep abreast of specific concerns. Then I was able to pray more specifically for them.
  • A primary prayer for all my grandchildren is that they will come to realize how much God loves them: That God will always be there for them, and they will accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and spend eternity with Him.
  • Paul tells us in Romans 8:26 that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray for. The Holy Spirit knows the needs of my grandchildren so I ask him to intercede according to His will. It is comforting to me that I can put my concerns in God’s hand, leaving them with Him. It shifts the burden to God, instead of carrying it myself
  • The love I have for my grandchildren would like to control their lives and keep them from pain, disappointment, or discouragement. Humanly, I want to rescue them and pray, “Don’t let anything bad happen to them.” To which the Lord may say, “I need to allow disappointment, pain, and failure so they will learn to trust and obey me so I can pour my blessings on them.” It’s important I pray for God’s will in their lives.
  • God has created my grandchildren for a unique purpose. I pray they will discover their dreams, be motivated to pursue them, and trust He will provide the resources.
  • It is important for me to communicate to my grandchildren that I love them and accept them even though I may not accept their behavior. I like to call them on the phone; send cards for holidays, note cards, or e-cards to offer encouragement, and let them know I love them and pray for them.

Blessings as a result

I want to share part of a letter from my married granddaughter. It is a confirmation that praying for these precious grandchildren is never a wasted effort. She wrote, “My grandmother’s phone calls, cards, and emails were encouraging and made a significant impact on my life throughout my teenage and college years. Her prayers and encouragement have been rock-solid reminders of God’s truth. Amidst my crazy and incredibly life-shaping year, her prayers helped me surrender the craziness of my life to God.”

My prayers for my grandchildren have strengthened my relationships with them. The Photo Prayer Album has been an excellent tool for me to stay connected to them. Whether they live nearby or far away, praying for them intentionally keeps me in touch. Often my prayers can be more powerful than my presence, when I let them know I am praying for them.

Best of all, praying God’s Word has enabled me to pray with His power, direction, and wisdom. As their grandparent, I can have a major role in stabilizing and influencing their lives by praying for them during these turbulent years. It has given me fulfillment and satisfaction in praying for them.

The seeds of prayer we plant today will yield a harvest of blessing in the future. My prayer is that you have been challenged to pray strategically and deliberately for your grandchildren. In Isaiah 44:3 God told the Israelites, “I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring and my blessing on your descendents.” God still promises to pour out his Spirit and blessings on our descendents. Don’t we want that for our grandchildren and future descendents?

The greatest long-lasting gift we can give our grandchildren is the gift of our time and prayers.

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8 Responses to “Finding Joy in Praying for my Grandchildren”

  • Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Just come across this article and am thanking God for it because as a grandmother myself I know how vitally important it is that we are aware of the difficult days we are all living in and the need to pray for others, especially our loved ones. I must admit I do get overwhelmed at times with all the complications involved in families and life in general these days but reading this has given me encouragement to continue praying for God’s mercy and grace in every situation and the wisdom and discernment to keep the lines of communication open both with our loved ones and of course with God Himself.

  • Carrie says:

    I continually plead the blood of the Lamb, and hegde of protection over my grandson and granddaughter. Praying God’s will for their lives every day. Thank you so much for this prayer.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Yes Lord I pray with Monisa and ask that you would help her, even at this young age, to know Your voice and to submit to Your leading and direction in her life. I pray that she would discover how Jesus can set her free from the hold that sin has on her and make her into a new person, fully devoted to following You. Amen.

  • Monisa Cole says:

    I Pray to Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit that my granddaughter Heaven will be protected from the evil demons that tempt children to be bad in school. I pray that she respects her mother and learn to be good and put God first. Her father is incarcerated and she is very upset, confused and angry at 5 years old. Please Holy Spirit Help her and touch her heart and comfort her and help her to be a good child and not such a mischievous little girl at times. It like she sweet one minute and the next something compels her to do the wrong thing. God Help her mom and her. Please bless my granddaughter and daughter.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    dear glennis– thank you, i would suggest knowing that the two grandsons are strongwilled prayer for soften hearts and for the grand daughters for all of them protection and safety and salvation for them– prayer–father God i bless glennis and give her your words to pray for her grandchildren and i do pray for protection and salvation for the grandchildren and maye the parenets as well i pray all of this in JESUS name amen i am praying for you all

  • Glennis Patton says:

    i have two precious grandsons, ages 4 and 6. Both are sweet and loving children but are very strong willed. I pray daily but I want to learn to pray specific prayers for their lives I also have 2 precious grand daughters ages 8 and 14. Due to divorce I am not able to see them often I want to pray for their safety and salvation. How would I pray specific prayers for them?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Debbie let me invite you to talk to one of our online mentors who can help you with some ideas about being a praying grandparent. If you fill out the Mentor Request Form at http://powertochange.com/experience/talk-to-a-mentor a mentor will connect with you by email.

  • Debbie says:

    Please send me new posts about praying and helping my grandchildren come to know Jesus as their savior.2 boys and 1 more boy on the way.The 4 year old is very strong willed and will not stop doing what you tell him to stop doing. How can you pray for that. And how can you talk to him about it?

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