My Journey as a Grandparent at Prayer

Written by Terri Sherrow, Prayer Ministry Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network

I was at a crossroads in my prayer life. While I prayed daily, my prayers were repetitious and too vague, especially for my grandson.

In February 2017, my prayer was literally, “Well, here I am again, Lord, praying the same thing I did yesterday and the same thing I will do tomorrow. Please keep Tyler safe, bless him, and help him to see you. Amen.”

I knew I had to do something. I needed to be bolder, and I needed to be specific. I needed to be an intercessor through the Holy Spirit for my grandson. I felt God deserved more from me and so did Tyler. I just had to figure out “how.”

God Speaks

That same day I read an online devotion titled “Four Incredible Reasons to Pray for Our Grandchildren Daily” by Lillian Penner. I felt a voice in my ear whisper “This is it.” I knew what I was supposed to do! I had to use the scriptures, God’s Word, to guide me in prayer.

I Respond

To begin, I read Ephesians 6. I knew I would need the Armor of God to protect me because I was going strong and bold. I then chose two of my favorite verses to get me started. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God…”. I prayed I would be quiet and listen for God’s direction. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” I prayed for the Holy Spirit to awaken me spiritually.

Pray Scripture

I was now on a mission to learn to pray Scripture. Not knowing exactly how to do this, I searched the internet for some ideas. If I had a little start, I would be able to put it all together. In my search, I found much more than I was hoping for in Christian Grandparenting Network and Grandparents @ Prayer.

With the resources, advice, tips, and encouragement I received from Christian Grandparenting Network, I began to understand God’s role for me as a grandparent. As a result, I began to pray intentionally for my grandson.

Praying the scriptures has been a life-changing experience for me. When I pray according to God’s Word now, I know I am in line with His will, which enables me to pray with power and wisdom. By praying God’s will, I am more in tune to see answers to prayers. And because He is faithful, I can rest in His peace while I wait for His answers.

Pray Regularly, Faithfully, Intentionally, and Specifically

I am still learning and growing as I stand in the gap for my grandson. There is no greater gift I can give him than the legacy of prayer. Not only is he blessed, but I too am blessed as I pray regularly, faithfully, intentionally, and specifically.

My goal, on behalf of my grandson, is that of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians. In Colossians 1:10, Paul states the purpose of his prayers is “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

As I bear fruit in my prayer life and grow in the knowledge of God, my grandson bears fruit through God’s answers to my prayers.

More to explore

The Truth Will Set You Free

The weight of a grandparent’s role can be felt immensely. We hold the stories of the past, the wisdom of experience, and a fierce love for the next generation.

Grandparent, Teach Me to Pray (Part 2)

Part 1 of this blog shared four things to keep in mind as you seek to pass prayer on to your grandkids. Here in Part 2, we’ll look at some specific techniques for helping grandchildren learn what to pray for.

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