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Grandparents@Prayer is an intercessory prayer group for grandparents to interactively be prayer warriors in the battle against the enemy who is trying to steal their hearts from God.

Website: http://www.christiangrandparenting.net
Location: Worldwide
Members: 39
Latest Activity: Jul 18

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Praying for grandchildren

Started by Marcella Snyder. Last reply by Phil Miglioratti Feb 18. 6 Replies

I pray for my grandchildren's day  if I awake during the night and first thing in the morning.  I pray for their safety and the day ahead.  That way I know they are covered in prayers.  If I forgot…Continue

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Comment by Lillian A. Penner on July 18, 2019 at 12:52pm

Grandfathers – Spiritual Warriors

Guest Blog by Cavin Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network

 Pray for Protection and Victory in the Battlefields of Life

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10, 11).

A grandfather understands the nature of warfare and that our grandchildren are prime targets for the enemy who is seeking to devour them (and us). Gentlemen, we are soldiers engaged in the battlefield of war for the hearts, minds, and souls of our grandchildren. If we fail to engage in battle, then we set the enemy loose to do whatever he wants with our children and grandchildren.

 

Our grandchildren need grandfathers who are good soldiers—soldiers who understand they are not on vacation but at war. Men who grasp their calling, committed to fulfilling it and pleasing our Commanding Officer (Christ). Men who have learned how to endure hardship with courage and faith, and clothed themselves with the full armor of God and are engaged in fervent prayer on their grandchildren’s behalf.

Such soldier grandfathers will pray that for their grandchildren to grow strong in their walk with the Lord. They will pray for and show them the importance of the armor of God to stand firm against schemes of the devil who will tempt them to lie, to cheat, to disobey their parents, and to follow all the ways of the world. The enemy is cunning, deceptive, and powerful. He will do everything he can to distract our grandchildren from walking with the Lord and seek, instead, to gratify the sinful desires of the flesh.

Grandfathers, pray that your grandchildren will:

  1. Recognize the deception of the world and resist temptation.
  2. Gird themselves with the belt of truth (God’s Word) and stand firm in the truth
  3. Take up the shield of faith so that they may stand firm against and extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
  1. Put on the helmet of salvation by the Holy Spirit will guard their hearts and minds, and fill them with hope and courage to live life to the fullest in Christ Jesus, their Lord and Savior.
  1. Be alert, self-controlled, and firm in faith—faith in God and the work of Christ on the Cross-.
  2. Persevere and endure hardship in the face of hostility and ignorance.

One final thought for grandfathers…

Men, soldiers are not supposed to fight the battle alone. They fight as a company or platoon, part of unit watching out for each other’s back. The Scriptures are clear as well that we are to fight this battle as a unit—we are the body of Christ. I urge you, therefore, to band with two, three, or more brothers who will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, and you with them, to do battle for the hearts and minds of our grandchildren (and children). A band of righteous men gathered to pray is a powerful force against our enemy.

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on July 7, 2019 at 5:23pm

Prayer: Dear Father, I want to thank you for the privilege to bring my concerns to you. Give me patience as I wait for you to work out your plan and your timing to answer my prayers. Help me to trust you and your Word as I wait for you to answer my prayers.  In Jesus Name, Amen 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on May 2, 2019 at 11:59am

Grandparents' Day of Prayer,

Both Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day occur on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year's date is September 9th. Both commemorate the vital role of grandparent’s play in the family. The fundamental difference between the two is Grandparents Day of Prayer encourages grandparents to pray for the hearts, souls, and minds of their grandchildren.

We are asking grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. We realize that Grandparents Day in your country may not be on September 9 this year. We would like you to participate on your Grandparents Day making it a day of prayer whenever it is observed.

On our website, christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-day-of-prayer/,you will find two ways that you can participate in Grandparents’ Day of Prayer.

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on March 21, 2019 at 11:53am

Resources available from Christian Grandparenting Network

  1. Scriptures to Pray for Your Grandchildren
  2. More Scriptures to Pray for Your Grandchildren
  3. Scriptures to Pray for Children
  4. Suggestions to Pray for Your Grandchildren in School: Preschool, Elementary, Teenagers, and College Students by Lillian Penner.
  5. Scriptures and Suggestions to Pray for Teenagers
  6. Suggestions for Grandparent to Pray for themselves
  • Book:Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren by Lillian Penner, National Pray Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network. The book challenges grandparents to stand in the gap for their grandchildren by living a godly example and being their prayer warrior.It provides creative suggestions for prayers based on Scriptures, and other helpful tools, utilizing everything from cell phone to photo prayer journals. This book is
  • Book:Courageous Grandparentingby Cavin T. Harper, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network is a call for grandparents and parents to rise above the conventional view of grandparentingto embrace radically courageous life that stands apart from the politically correct crowd. It’s a call to intentionality—not settling for simply being good parents and grandparents, but choosing to stand in the gap and live as conduits of grace and truth for the next generations. Cavin Harper appeals to the emerging masses of Boomer grandparents to create a movement of godly men and women resolved to not let another generation grow up on our watch that does not know the Lord or His amazing grace. There’s too much at stake if we don’t.
  • CGN has proclaimed the second Sunday in September as Grandparents Day of Prayer,coinciding with National Grandparents Day designated by a Senate proclamation in 1978. It is a way of engaging grandparents to unite in an intentional day of prayer for their grandchildren. Many participants reported how they were blessed as they united in prayer with other grandparents in a common cause. The next Grandparents Day of Prayer will be Sunday, September 8, 2019.
  • Small groups called Grandparents@Prayer (G@P) assist grandparents in praying for their grandchildren. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when they were threatened, likewise grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren today. G@P groups are meeting in many areas of the United States and England praying together for their grandchildren on a regular basis.
  • CGN provides many other resources for grandparents such as weekly blogs, GrandCampsfor grandparents and grandchildren, and Courageous Grandparenting conferences.
  • Learn more on our website at http://www.grandparentingwithapurpose.comor contact me at lpenner@christiangrandparenting more information about Grandparents Day of Prayer orGrandparents @ Prayer.

Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on February 14, 2019 at 2:56pm

Why should we pray for our families?

Cultural pressures are increasing on our grandchildren and their parents. However, grandparents can help the next generation navigate these cultural issues. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when they were threatened, physically, we can stand in the gap with prayer for our families as the enemy threatens their spiritual lives.  

Our culture is whittling away at our godly heritage, as they have removed prayer from the school, Christians are being scorned, and mentioning Jesus is unacceptable. The world calls wrong right and right wrong, live for self in an entitlement society where no one wins and authority is challenged, not respected. We are living in a time where the enemy is going around roaring like a lion seeking those he can distract from trusting Jesus.  However, the battle is not ours, it is the Lords. 

So what do we do when we live in a culture of spiritual, social, and moral decay? Are we completely without hope and at the mercy of the merciless and the politically correct?   No, We are not without hope. We read in Psalms 46:1, “We have a God who is our refuge and strength, our stronghold in times of trouble”. 

God has given us a powerful resource in the avenue of prayer to bring power and blessing to their lives, it is a gift from God, it’s not a production; it is a personal intimate conversation with God, the creator of the universe, Prayer is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our loved ones. We read in Jeremiah 33:3, where God told Jeremiah “Call to me and I will show you great and mighty things…”  

We read in John 10:10, where Jesus said, “The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I am come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. In today’s broken world, we see the family unit very fragile, I believe we have an enemy who is desperately trying to distract and destroy the family. It’s important that we cover our families with prayer that they will recognize the distractions from the enemy and not allow him to destroy our families.  

The parents of our grandchildren have a great responsibility for parenting our grandchildren in these insecure, unstable times. It is important that we as grandparents pray God will give them wisdom and time management in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. Their lives are busy with their employment, and distractions in their marriages, parenting issues and spiritual lives in an evil environment filled with many moral and spiritual battles. 

Our grandchildren are greatly influenced by movies, music, TV, video games, and the Internet. Today’s media desensitizes our grandchildren. They are faced with legal recreational marijuana, drugs, sex trafficking, alcohol, sexual identity, homosexuality, pornography, pre-marital sex and more.  Our prayers should be that they recognize the evil in the world and ask God to place a hedge of protection around them physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Occasionally, ask the parents, “What are some of the issues you are dealing with right now and how can we pray for you?”  To pray effectively, we as parents and grandparents need to know the frustrations, fears, concerns, and expectations of the children.

Next week I will post Families need our Prayers #2  “How I learned to pray for my grandchildren”

By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on February 4, 2019 at 4:54pm

Send your heavenly Father a Valentine telling him of your love for him by your obedience to him.

Prayer

Dear Father, I want an open, intimate relationship with You so I feel comfortable bringing my needy heart to You. I choose to make a daily appointment with You to pray intentionally for the hearts of my children, grandchildren, and myself. I am going to trust you that the seeds of prayer I sow today will bring forth a harvest of blessings in the days ahead. In Jesus Name.

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on October 23, 2018 at 8:43am

Glad you continue to post good contnet ... I continue to push out on social media ... May prayer increase from grandmothers and grandfathers!

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on October 22, 2018 at 9:34pm

Are You Standing in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren?

 By Lillian Penner

 We are going to look in God’s Word to see some examples of people He used to stand in the gap for his purpose to be accomplished. The Bible describes prayer as “Standing in the Gap” or “Bridging the Gap” a channel through which God’s will is brought to earth.  

God chose and appointed Moses to stand in the gap between His people, the Israelites, and Pharaoh. Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Israelites with prayer and fasting when Haman wanted to destroy the Israelites.   

 There was no gap between God and the earth after God created the earth. However, after Adam and Eve sinned by eating the forbidden fruit in the garden, sin created a gap between God and his plan for the earth. ¹    

 Fortunately, God stood in the gap for us by sending His Son, Jesus to the earth to live as a man, die for our sins, and rise from the dead so we could have a personal relationship with Him. He chose us, to be a channel for His power to bridge the gap between himself and the earth.   

God chose us to partner with Him and intercede on behalf of our children, grandchildren, and future generations. Just as Jesus, Moses, Esther, Daniel, Joseph, and many others in the Bible stood in the gap for God’s people, we as grandparents have the privilege to stand in the gap with prayer for our families.   

 Satan is very active in the world today; he knows his time is short. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:10, “We are to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” against Satan’s well-thought-out plans and agenda. His goal is to distract and steal our children, grandchildren, and future generations from their faith in Jesus Christ. Our goal ought to be that our grandchildren would know a full, purposeful, and fruitful life in Jesus Christ. 

It is not only essential to pray for our families individually, but it is also vital that we unite with other grandparents to pray for our families in these crucial times. As Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN), I would like to encourage you to stand in the gap for your grandchildren participating in a Grandparents @ Prayer (G@P) intercessory prayer group.  

We currently have about 30 G@P groups uniting in prayer for their grandchildren. Go to http://www.christiangrandparenting.net/prayer/grandparents-prayer/introduction-to-g-pcheck out the locations of current groups, testimonials, and additional information. We would love to have you to be a part of the G@P prayer ministry.

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on May 31, 2018 at 11:45am

What does the Dash Represent on a tombstone?

When we go back to visit family in Oklahoma, I like to go to the cemetery to visit the gravesites of my parents and grandparents. As I was looking at my grandmother’s tombstone, I read:

What Does the Dash Represent?

When we go back to visit family in Oklahoma, I like to go to the cemetery to visit the gravesites of my parents and grandparents. As I was looking at my grandmother’s tombstone, I read:

MARIA WARKENTIN WIEBE

March 7, 1880 - June 14, 1959

Have you ever thought about what the “dash” between the date of birth and the date of death represents? It represents the lifetime of a person. As I was looking at her tombstone a memory of my grandmother that quickly came to my mind was that, she was a godly woman who loved the Lord and her family. I often found her reading her Bible, serving the Lord by teaching Sunday school, and participating in the women’s group at church where they were quilting, sewing for relief organizations and helping missionaries. 

My grandmother followed the commandments Moses gave the Israelites in the desert, by teaching me about God and His Word. She lived with my family the last 15 years of her life. As a small child, one of my favorite times was sitting on the porch swing in rural Oklahoma in the summertime listening to my grandmother tell me Bible stories and singing my Sunday School songs with me in the evenings.                                     

Life had been hard for my grandmother as she faced many disappointments and challenging times. Her steadfast faith in Jesus Christ carried her through those difficult years because she loved the Lord with all her heart. When I think of the “dash” on my grandmother’s tombstone, I am reminded of the spiritual impact she had on my life.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • When my life has passed what will the “dash” on my tombstone

      represent to my children and grandchildren?

  • Will they remember my love for Jesus?
  • Will they remember that I was their prayer warrior?
  • Will they remember that I walked with God through the valleys and over the mountains on my journey of life?

Or

  • Will they remember the expensive gifts I gave them or the trips

      I took them on?

  • Will they remember that I did not have time for them?
  • Will they say, “I don’t remember my grandparents ever telling me they were praying for me?”

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on May 9, 2018 at 4:40pm

Do you reflect the love of Jesus to your grandchildren?

When I was a young woman, I had many opportunities to visit my widowed grandmother while I attended college in her town. As she grieved my grandfather’s death, she reflected her trust in God to care for her and showed how God sustained her each day, by claiming the promise Jesus gave His disciples after His resurrection. 

“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

Matthew 28:20 (KJV).

My grandmother’s faith that God would always be there for her made a significant impact on my life. Her testimony influenced me to incorporate that verse into my daily experiences. Since those early adult years, whenever life has been painful, disappointing, or downright discouraging, I have claimed that same scripture verse. My prayer is that I will have opportunities to reflect my life experiences of trusting God during my difficult times to my children and grandchildren.

 In Proverbs 27:19 we read, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person.” However, we may ask what does that look like. When we meditate on God’s Word and grow in our relationship with God, we will reflect God’s glory because we are being transformed into His image. We glorify God when we reveal or manifest his character by the way we live by demonstrating God’s love to those around us.   

 Grandparents, who love the Lord, have a responsibility to reflect a godly lifestyle to our grandchildren. We must ask ourselves, is my walk with the Lord in the lives of my grandchildren. 

My grandmother made a lasting impression on my life because she reflected her faith in God’s provision to sustain her during her time of grieving. When we reflect God’s love to our grandchildren, and they are walking with the Lord, our love for God will keep on living through our grandchildren.

Questions to ask ourselves:

  • What does the reflection of my life look like to my grandchildren?
  • Do I want my grandchildren to imitate my spiritual life?
  • Will they want my Jesus?

Pray your love for God will keep on living through your grandchildren, even after you are deceased. 

Read the ebook “Reflecting on my Grandparenting Journey” to learn more of my grandparenting journey go to the Free Resources on this website.

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 By Lillian Penner 

 

 
 
 

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