Nothing is More Important Than Praying for My Grandchildren

Immediately after 911, I remember churches all over the land filling with people crying out to God. Now those same churches are all but empty when a church prayer meeting is scheduled. Today, as we find ourselves in the throes of the COVID pandemic and the swarms of protestors around the country seeking racial justice, I wonder how often we think to stop and pray.

Christians often treat prayer as one of their last resorts after all other options have been exhausted, and they don’t know what else to do. Prayer is not my last resort, it is my FIRST resort. It is the first line of offense and defense on behalf of my grandchildren and others.

We are in a battle, not against flesh and blood, but against invisible principalities and powers in the heavenly realms. The spiritual realm is not fiction. It’s real. Prayer is our most powerful weapon. We must use it and believe that God is able to do more than we can possibly imagine or think.

God welcomes coming to Him with daily needs. Even so, I know how prone I am to spend more time praying for the ‘daily bread’ stuff than about things that matter for eternity—the Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done concerns. Both are important, but Kingdom concerns are forever.

ACTION STEPS

  1. Take prayer seriously. Get a free Scriptures to Pray download to help you pray daily for your grandchildren. (Go to www.christiangrandparenting.net)
  2. Ask other grandparents to join you in a Grandparents @ Prayer (G@P) Group. The two or more principle (Matt. 18:20) is powerful, so link hands and pray.
  3. Tell your grandchildren you are praying for them, but also pray with them when you can.

A FINAL WORD

These five lessons I shared do not guarantee a specific outcome, but they do increase the likelihood than our grandchildren will choose to walk in the truth. Many of you already know and practice these things. It’s just good to be reminded now and then.

Peter said, “I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things” (2 Peter 1:15).

That’s what this is. It’s a reminder to forge a legacy that matters for generations to come. One day, perhaps, we will join that great cloud of witnesses looking down at the fruit that has blossomed and reproduced because of the legacy we built on the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a day of rejoicing that will be!

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