Praying for Grandchildren {Guest Post}

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But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him and his righteousness with their children’s children: Psalm 103 v17

 

My name is Jenny and I am Nanna to a beautiful nine year old and a handsome eight year old and it thrills me to say that they are being brought up in a Christian home by parents who love Jesus and each other and are being taught all about the Saviour.

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I grew up in a home where God was never mentioned, Jesus was  a baby in a story at Christmas and what little I knew about Christianity was taught to me in school. My own lovely daughters were also brought up in the same way. YET God wonderfully saved our whole household.

 

Why do I tell you these things?

 

To encourage you! In all circumstances God is able to save to the UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7 v 25) those who belong to Him.

 

However, I strongly believe that Christian grandparents have a duty to input into their grandchildren’s lives if possible. We have not been give any biblical authority to interfere in the way they are brought up unless they are in dangerous situations but we are given here instructions on what we can do. Deuteronomy 6 v 7. Talk to them about the Lord and teach them His word. I realize that these are ideal circumstances. Praise God if you are able to do these things.

However I have friends ….

* who have been told not to talk to their grandchildren about anything religious.

* whose grandchildren live in sad circumstances.

* whose grandchildren live in one parent families.

* without any thought for God.

* whose grandchildren live a long way away.

 

We can, as grandparents, live with great sadnesses.

 

So what is the best thing we can do in each and every situation?

 

We can pray for them.

 

When people brought their children to Jesus that he might lay hands on them and pray the disciples rebuked them but Jesus said “ Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19 v 13/15.

 

Let us pray that neither people nor circumstances will hinder our grandchildren from coming to Jesus.

 

I quote from a sermon given by C H Spurgeon October 20 1878.

 

“Jesus waits to bless. He is not changed in character, or impoverished in grace; as He still receiveth sinners, so doth He bless children; and let none of us be content, whether we be parents, grandparents or teachers, until He has received OUR children, and has so blessed them that we are sure that they have entered the Kingdom of God.”

 

The word of God is living and active – Hebrews 4 v12, and there are so many great verses we can pray over our grandchildren. I think it would be a good idea to have our own personal lists of prayers as we know their needs.

 

There are lots of prayer pointers on the internet – these two in particular-

 

* a good article on Desiring God by Jon Bloom – 7 things to pray for my children.

* a 30 day praying challenge by Bob Hostetler.

 

Ladies let us pray them into the Kingdom.

 

With love in Jesus.

 

Comments

  1. these days it’s so important to pray for our children – and for our grandchildren too 😀

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  2. I totally agree. Grandparenting is about a lot more than just being fun. They can make such an impact!

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  3. I wish I had grandparents to pray powerful prayers for my children. 🙂 My husband and I hope to create this legacy for our boys after they grow and begin families of their own.

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  4. Isn’t it amazing how God works! No matter the circumstances he is knocking on our heart. Thankful for your trust in him. I also really like the prayer challenge!

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  5. Love this! My kids are blessed to have both sets of grandparents who are believers and praying for them.

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  6. I know my mother and my mother in law both fervently pray over my kids and any future kids we will have or anyone else in our family will have. It’s quite special to know that someone else us praying for them too.

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  7. I love this. I know it brings me great joy when I hear about the prayers my in-laws say for my kids. Thank you for reminding us that there are many generations that can come around our kids to guide them to the Lord.

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  8. This is so important! Praying for the grandchildren. For their future, values and their life in general. Great topic! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. It’s so important to pray for our kids and grandkids! Thank you for the great reminder and challenge. Jesus should be portrayed as a Savior, Friend, and Redeemer. Not just the baby in a manger.

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  10. I see and hear some of these things and I just shake my head in disbelief. Thankful for where I am from because I have never heard of anyone being told that they cannot tell their grandchildren about the love of God.

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  11. So important to pray for our kids!

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  12. This is such a great post! It’s our responsibility to raise up the next generation telling them about Jesus, but it’s also our responsibility to bathe them in prayer!!

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