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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 March 29, 2018 at 2:32pm

#467   3-29=18

Are you in the harsh winter season in your prayer life?

 This time of the year, we become aware of the spring season, especially in the areas where we experience the four seasons. It is exciting to see the buds on the trees that have lied dormant and the bulbs popping out of the ground almost overnight. Spring reminds us of new life.

During the winter, many areas have experienced harsh freezing weather. However, as spring approaches it gives us the hope of warmth, beautiful gardens, and landscapes. As it warms our spirit, we become alive and more energetic.

We often go through seasons in our prayer lives where we do not take the time to read and meditate on God’s Word or pray intentionally for our grandchildren or ourselves. We pray but our prayers may become humdrum, repetitive, or pointless.

That was my experience some years ago I felt the prayers for my grandchildren were very general and superficial. Being a long distance grandmother, I didn’t know their needs so I prayed they would be safe, have a good day, and I would be on my way. I felt my prayers became rote, empty, and powerless.

However, it all changed when I asked God to give me wisdom and insight how I could pray for them intentionally. Praying intentionally means a determination to pray in a certain way, done by intention or design. Asking God for direction and reading several books about prayer, I was encouraged, and I gained some tools to help me to pray intentionally and regularly for my grandchildren and their parents.

The Bible, God’s Word was the most significant resource I discovered to help me with my praying, not only for my family but also for myself. We read in Hebrews 4:12 (in the Amplified version), “The Word of God is alive and full of power, making it active, operative, energizing, and effective.” it was alive and full of power, bringing energy into my prayers. Personalizing God’s Word in our prayers releases His supernatural power and His presence in my life.

In praying scripture, I not only find myself in intimate communication with God, but my mind is being renewed to think His thoughts, about the situation I am praying for, instead of mine. Ultimately, God shrinks what I thought as impossible to a possibility and gives me peace as I wait for His answer.

As we start claiming God’s promises and personalizing the scriptures, we will experience more confidence and boldness in our praying. Nothing threatens the ENEMY more than when we are intentionally praying God’s Word for children, grandchildren, and ourselves.

As you experience the spring, season approaching in your area, I hope your thoughts will turn to accessing your prayer life for your children, grandchildren and yourself. If you are in a WINTER season in your prayer life and you have not been spending time with the Lord regularly or in prayer, allow the spring season to bring new life to your prayers.


Dear Father, as I am reading your Word,

show me the scriptures I can pray for my family and myself.

Help me to set an appointment with you each day and show me

how you would like me to be an intentional prayer warrior for my family.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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



Free resources:

On this website, you will find a list of free downloads with many helpful suggestions of how to pray

intentionally for your grandchildren.

Click on the 3 bars on the upper left side of this page



Comment by Lillian A. Penner on March 23, 2018 at 5:20pm

Have you heard of the Day of Prayer for Grandchildren?

The Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) recognizes the desperate moral and spiritual climate our grandchildren must navigate in a world hostile to truth. Satan has launched an aggressive attack on all fronts using media, technology, education, social influences, and political pressures to desensitize and cloud the boundaries of truth and righteousness that hold nations and families together. An urgent call to prayer is crucial in this spiritual battle, for the thief has come to destroy the family unit.

Will you take about two and a half minutes to learn how to get involved in the Grandparents Day of Prayer? Watching this brief challenge by Cavin Harper, Executive Director for CGN you will see the need to pray intentionally for your grandchildren and their parents in the world, we live in today.

For that reason, CGN is asking grandparents around the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their grandchildren’s parents by participating in the Eighth Annual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. This day of prayer is scheduled to coincide with National Grandparents’ Day, September 9, 2018.

Will you be a part of the solution?

On our website, you will find two ways that you can participate in Grandparents’ Day of Prayer.

  1. 1.   You can pray. Click on the “I will pray” button if you commit to joining us as a prayer warrior on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. Participants who register through this button will receive an eBook “30 days of Prayers for your Grandchildren”.
  2. You can mobilize and lead other grandparents in prayer. If you are willing to organize a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer event in your church, home, retirement complexes, etc., click on “To find out more about becoming a volunteer.” to follow the process. You too will receive the eBook “30 Days of Prayers for your Grandchildren.”

Will you join us to mobilize grandparents to unite in prayer

on September 9th?

CGN is prepared to provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools for creating successful events. Check our website   for more information, testimonials, promotional materials, and free downloads. Please contact me if you have any questions or need more information.

My prayer for you is that you will consider participating in this year’s Grandparents’ Day of Prayer event.


For additional information, contact

Lillian Penner

Deborah Haddix






Comment by Lillian A. Penner on March 15, 2018 at 2:40pm

Does your grandchild's world shock you?  Recently, a friend of mine spent the weekend with her grandchildren. She told me, “It was shocking to see how fast my four grandchildren are growing up and the challenges they are facing.  I am experiencing a lot of heartache over the world they are growing up in and concern over their response to it. Seeing my sweet grandkids living in such a godless culture is heartbreaking.” I can identify with those thoughts and I am hearing those thoughts expressed by many grandparents.  

Using media, technology, education, social influences, and political pressures to desensitize and cloud the boundaries of truth that hold our families together is launching an aggressive attack. The enemy’s attacks against our families and our nation’s moral foundations are relentless and growing worse with time.

Ask your grandchildren about their friends, their teachers, their activities, what is going on in their world and how they feel about it. Keep an open mind and open ears so you know how to pray for them. If you are alarmed, they may not feel open to share with you. Appreciate their perspective, listen to their opinions.

However, Daniel, the one in the lion’s den for not obeying the king, stood strong for God in a very complicated ungodly culture. Today, we as grandparents can stand in the gap for our grandchildren, praying they will stand strong for God. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Israelites when their lives were threatened physically, we can stand in the gap for the spiritual lives of our grandchildren.

Suggestions to pray:

  • Pray your grandchildren will invite Jesus into their hearts.
  • Pray your grandchildren will grow strong in their walk with the Lord.
  • Pray your grandchildren will recognize the difference of truth and deception in their culture so they can flee from it.
  • Pray your grandchildren will respect authority and pray for those in authority over them, like their parents, teachers, and others.


Our hope for the future generation can only be in the Lord, not in this complex world.










Comment by Lillian A. Penner on March 2, 2018 at 11:01am

God’s Timetable vs. My Timetable    

  Isn’t it fantastic that when we think God is four days late by our timetable, however, He is still on time?  

Our finite minds just cannot grasp God’s infinite ways of answering our prayers. We have no idea how many times we have prayed, and He is waiting for the proper time to respond. Sometimes God needs to work in our hearts, our character, or another person before he can answer our prayers. We often have to remind ourselves that God’s way and timing are perfect. He knows best! Even when we think God is too late, He is still on time.

  • Is God's timetable too slow for you sometimes?
  • Are you getting tired of waiting on God to answer your prayers for your grandchildren?
  • Are you disappointed and frustrated because God is not answering your timetable?
  • Does God want to develop spiritual growth in your life or the lives your grandchildren before He is ready to answer?
  • How do you respond when God does not answer your prayers according to your plans?


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  

Learn about the prayer ministry for grandparents on our website:

By Lillian Penner, Co-director of the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network,



Comment by Lillian A. Penner on February 1, 2018 at 1:43pm


Dear Father, I want to 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 Lillian A. Penner on November 24, 2017 at 2:41pm

How Big is Your God?                             

Recently, hurricanes, excessive flooding, earthquakes, and fires have drawn our attention to the many people who have been victims of these catastrophes. It's a time to remember the many victims in our prayers. As our country is facing many difficult issues, it is easy to get discouraged, especially when we thinking of the world our grandchildren are living. However, we have a big God bigger than the challenges and struggles we experience at this time and our grandchildren’s future. In the Bible, we have an excellent example of how Joshua and Caleb handled their challenges.

Moses sent Joshua, Caleb, and the ten other men on a scouting exploration to Canaan, as spies to the Promised Land. After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses to give their reports. Ten of the spies said that it was a magnificent area but the people are mighty and their cities are fortified and very large. The people are giants, much stronger than we are, we would not be able to attack them.

Joshua and Caleb reported to Moses that the land was good, but the people were giants. However, God would lead them. They had nothing to fear because their God was bigger than their obstacles. How do you see God? Do you see God big enough to meet your challenges, disappointments, and struggles?   

God often allows challenging situations in our lives for a purpose, teaching us to depend more on Him. Although trials and problems are inevitable, they can be our friends. Pray your grandchildren will learn to expect them, submit to them, and learn from them. The challenges and struggles they face are not meant to destroy them. They are designed to promote spiritual growth, develop character, and make them capable of fulfilling their God-given assignments. Our adversities may be blessings in disguise.

 Sometimes God wants to demonstrate to us truth about Himself. Only through trials do we move from academic faith to practical faith. As grandparents, we can pray our grandchildren will see their challenges as exercises designed to make them become stronger spiritually and mature in their character.

Pray that your grandchildren will see God as a great, big, strong God they can trust at all times, in all circumstances like Joshua and Caleb.

Taken from Numbers 13

By Lillian Penner, Co-director of the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network,


Comment by Lillian A. Penner on September 15, 2017 at 10:03pm

What do you do if you are an estranged grandparent?

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on August 2, 2017 at 5:54pm

Are you standing in the gap with Prayer for your grandkids?

 We live in a time of extraordinary circumstances and events. We all—our culture, our nation, our world need grandparents to be actively influencing their grandchildren for Christ. We need to be intentional. It takes effort. It takes prayer. It takes you.

Our role as a grandparent in the lives of our grandchildren is unique and powerful. Our influence is incredibly important. No one else has the power or the influence that we do in the lives of the grandchildren.

Never forget that no matter who you are or what your situation is, God is in it with you. He has the power to make your efforts for His kingdom take root and bear fruit. He just needs grandparents to stay involved. Show up. Be there. Remain in the game. Or get in the fight. Then watch what God does to reach our grandchildren for Him.

As grandparents, we have the responsibility to pray for our grandchildren deliberately. Ultimately, it is up to Him to draw hearts and minds to Himself, including the hearts and minds of our grandchildren and their parents. However, we can partner with God to influence our families for Jesus Christ.

As one of the Prayer Directors for Christian Grandparenting Network, I would like to encourage you to participate in a Grandparents @ Prayer intercessory prayer group. There are many groups throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa meeting to pray for their grandchildren intentionally. I have guidelines and resources to help you get started. Grandparents tell me repeatedly how they appreciate having a place where they feel safe requesting prayer for their grandchildren going through difficult times. You my learn more at

Lillian Penner,

Sherry Schumann, 

Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is an excellent time

to plan an event to gather grandparents to  share with them

about starting a Grandparents@Prayer group. 

Dear Lord, help my grandkids learn how to recognize

Your voice when you speak to them.

In Jesus” name.


Comment by Lillian A. Penner on July 3, 2017 at 10:32pm

How to Pray Effectively for your Grandchildren

I have had a passion for praying intentionally for my grandchildren for many years and now for my great-granddaughters. I felt God wanted me to share my passion with other grandparents, which encouraged me to write the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book encourages grandparents to pray and provides resources to help you pray effectively. This book is an excellent resource for Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10, National Grandparents Day.

Dr. Josh Mulvihill, Pastor to Children and Families, Grace Church | Eden Prairie, MN wrote recently, “Lillian Penner has written an excellent book on prayer that I wish I could get into the hands of every grandparent. You should purchase this book for four reasons: You will be trained to keep Scripture central to your prayers. Lillian equips you to be an intentional grandparent who focuses on the spiritual growth of grandchildren. You will find many practical tools to help you develop the habit of prayer for grandchildren. Lillian rightly understands something that Oswald Chambers once said, "Prayer doesn’t equip us for greater works, ­prayer is the greater work." When grandparents ask me for a book on prayer, I always recommend Lillian¹s book, and I highly recommend it to you.”

This book won’t make you the perfect grandparent, but it will give you resources to Grandparent with a Purpose.

Soft cover book, retails for $11.99 plus shipping, however, for a limited time I have a special offer of $10.50 including shipping in the U.S. I will include two bonus prayer cards:
1. 31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren
2. More A Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren

The eBook is available for $3.99 from Amazon or Redemption Press on the website which is excellent for foreign orders to save shipping cost.

To Buy Now: On this site click on the Purchase button, complete order form, and the book and bonus will be shipped immediately for orders in the U.S.

Order soon before the special offer expires.

By Lillian Penner, Co-Director for the Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network,

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on May 18, 2017 at 4:18pm

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