If you’re the praying sort, I’m betting you pray for your grandchildren on a regular basis.
God hears the prayers of grandparents. Here’s the thing: sometimes we confuse wishing good things, or simply thinking about our grandchildren as the same as praying for them.
We have to pray specifically for our children, and our grandchildren.
In the book, Words to Live By authors Linda Gilden and Darlene Parker give you a word a week for devotional. These are, as the subtitle states, ” 53 ordinary words that lead to an extraordinary life.”
Here are just five of the key words the authors give us to pray over our grandchildren with.
“Lord, may my grandchildren come to know you in a life-changing way, surrendering their thoughts and desires to Your will, asking You to be in control.”
This is also a great prayer for us to remember that God is in control of our grandchildren’s lives. We don’t have to agree with how they are being raised, we do have to pray for them. In praying daily for their salvation, we don’t have to have a need to control circumstances. Because we know, that God is working out everything for their good.
“Every day brings decisions. Help my grandchildren to choose wisely.”
I heard it said, not too long ago, that you have to be young and stupid in order to be old and wise. However, that’s not what scripture says,
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
“Father, help my grandchildren to see your loving kindness in me. Fill their hearts with kindness that they pass on to others.”
We often expect kindness from our children, and then our grandchildren. We want them to pet the dog nicely. To play well with their little brother. How often have you considered praying for God to show them kindness through you?
“Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
“Paul told us he had learned how to be content in whatever state he was in. Lord, help my grandchildren to live that way, putting their trust in You no matter what their circumstances.”
If I could have the power to grant my grandchildren one gift, it would be that they had contentment. That is where true happiness lives– being truly content in all circumstances. By praying they embrace contentment, we are praying that they will truly live their “happily ever after.”
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5