My introductory article mentioned three areas that are important to me in my grand-parenting journey: growing relationally, praying consistently, and being gospel-centered. It is obvious that I will not grow and persevere in any of these areas without a definitive plan and intentionality, and I suspect that I am not alone. Therefore, in this post I want to remotivate and encourage myself, and you, in the subject of praying for our grandchildren.
As I have aged, the topic and action of prayer, in general, have become more important to me. There are probably several reasons for this—growth both in spiritual and theological ways, but perhaps the biggest reason is really quite simple, I have more quiet time. Our home is no longer bustling with four children and all the activity that occurred as they transitioned from infants to adults. Looking back over those busy parenting days, I lament that I didn’t pray more consistently for my children, yet God is merciful and gracious and I’m thankful for the opportunity to now pray for my children, and grandchildren, too.
As Deborah Haddix writes on her website: “There are so many reasons for grandparents to pray. Prayer:
- is our call and our responsibility.
- helps us be more involved in the lives of our grandchildren.
- has an eternal impact on our grandchildren’s lives.
- is an honor and a privilege.
- closes the distance gap (miles and generations).
- helps stop Satan’s schemes and powers toward our grandchildren.
- is one of the greatest investments that can ever be made into the lives of our grandchildren.
- is power.”
If, as grandparents, we do not make the time and effort to pray for our grandchildren, who will? I encourage you to take up that responsibility and recognize that it is a privilege and honor to be able to stand in the gap for our grandchildren with our prayers.