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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
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Latest Activity: May 2

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Praying for grandchildren

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Comment by Lillian A. Penner on May 18, 2017 at 3:26pm

Are Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day the Same?

 

Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day are similar but not the same. To understand their similarities and differences, we need to examine both, starting with National Grandparents Day.

 

National Grandparents Day

After a three-year battle that began in 1970, West Virginia housewife Marian McQuade convinced her state Congress to commemorate grandparents with a special day. This commemoration honored grandparents, provided them an opportunity to express their love for their grandchildren and raised community awareness about the gifts grandparents can offer.

Five years later, the United States Congress passed legislation declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. They selected September because September denotes the autumn season of life. President Jimmy Carter gave his endorsement by signing the proclamation.

Grandparents Day of Prayer

In 2010, author Lillian Penner suggested that a day of prayer to coincide with National Grandparents Day. Thanks to Mrs. Penner’s efforts, churches around the world observe Grandparents Day of Prayer. They encourage grandparents to pray for their grandchildren, both in private and corporate settings.

Do you recognize the importance of praying for your grandchildren? Do you want to encourage others to be praying grandparents? If so, may I suggest hosting an event to celebrate Grandparents Day of Prayer?

 You may want to host a prayer breakfast or a luncheon following your morning worship. Or you may want to offer an afternoon tea or evening dessert in your home. Perhaps your minister is willing to address the importance of praying grandparents and set aside a special prayer time during the worship service. The possibilities are endless. It is imperative; however, grandparents gather to pray for their grandchildren.

Conclusion

 Both Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day occur on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year's date is September 10th. Both commemorate the vital role 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.

Thank you for your considering participation in this event.

 Guest blog by Sherry Schumann, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network

If you have questions or additional information, email Lillian Penner lpenner@christiangrandparentinng.net or Sherry Schumann sherry@christiangrandparenting.net

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on April 27, 2017 at 11:49am

Prayer is the best weapon for the next generation.

It’s time for grandparent warriors to raise a shout and carry the light of Christ to our grandchildren. It’s time we utilize the greatest weapon in our arsenal; it’s time we exercise the Power of Prayer!

Grandparents are in a spiritual battle for the lives of the next generation; however, the battle isn't ours, it is the Lords. The way to walk through this struggle is to tightly grip the hand of Jesus and stay in close communication with him. Only as we release our concerns for our grandchildren to Him are we free to cling to His hand. We cannot grab his hand when our hands are full of our worries and concerns, only when our hands are empty can we tightly hold His hand.

The enemy wants to disintegrate and divide our families, rendering them chaotic, restless and unfruitful. Grandparents let’s not let the enemy distract us or dull our desires to pray for our grandchildren and their parents intentionally. Prayer is our best weapon to defeat the enemy.

I believe it’s our place as grandparents to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our grandchildren, their parents and our nations. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayers according to His will. 

 "Do not be afraid or discouraged . . . .

For the battle is not yours but Gods."

II Chronicles 20:15

This struggle with the enemy is why Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) is proclaiming the National Grandparents’ Day on September 10 as a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. We believe the battle for the hearts and minds of our precious grandchildren and their parents will be victorious with praying grandparents who sense the urgency and the need to unite in prayer.

Will you help us call grandparents to join in prayer on September 10? This event could be in your church, in your home, in a retirement complex, or any meeting location you choose. CGN will provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer for your event.

Check out this website for blogs, endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com

For additional information, contact the Prayer Directors

Lillian Penner  lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Sherry Schumann,  sherry@christiangrandparenting.net

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on March 17, 2017 at 4:35pm

I have a passion to intentionally praying for my grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their parents. I feel God wants 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 for their grandchildren and their parents and provides resources to help them pray effectively. The book is a great resource for Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10, National Grandparents Day.

Josh Mulvihill, PhD, 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; and Lillian rightly understands something that Oswald Chambers once said, ³Prayer doesn¹t equip us for greater works ­prayer is the greater work.² 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 3 bonus prayer cards:

  1. Suggestions to Pray for Children in School: Preschool, Elementary, High School and College
  2. 31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren
  3. 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 website 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, info@gdptpr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on March 9, 2017 at 1:29pm

Many grandparents have broken hearts because their precious grandchildren are not learning about the love of Jesus; some have been estranged from their grandchildren.  Long distance grandparents find it difficult to be a part of the lives of their grandchildren. Although today we do have many more resources to connect with them than we did years ago.  Today, resources such as Facetime, Skype; cell phones, texting, email, videos and others can be used for grandparenting.

 

This past weekend I attended a women’s conference the keynote speaker spoke on the subject of “Courage”, courage to be a woman of God in the world we live in today from the first chapter of Joshua.  Joshua was afraid when the Lord told him that Moses was dead and he was going to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. However, the Lord said, “Be strong and courageous, be careful to obey my law, do not turn from the right or left of it, meditate on it day and night. Then you will be successful . . . .Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” [1]

 

Grandparents are often overwhelmed and discouraged about how to grandparent in today’s ungodly culture. Just as Joshua was afraid when the Lord gave him the assignment to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land grandparents are struggling how to reach out to their grandchildren in our technological age.  I believe these words to Joshua “Be courageous” applies to grandparents today who are struggling with grandparenting in a broken world.

I find there is a requirement in those verses for me to spend time in Good’s Word, be careful to obey God’s Word, holding fast to the truth, and meditating on it. If I am spending time with the Lord consistently I will be able to trust Him with the heavy burdens on my heart. I will be able to ask the Holy Spirit to make intercession when I don’t know how to pray for the grandchild who is breaking my heart.[2]  God’s Word gives me courage, which comes from knowing God, trusting Him to work in the hearts of my grandchildren.  I pray intentionally for my grandchildren to experience the reality of a relationship with Jesus and live the adventure of walking with Him.

I had to ask myself the following questions after hearing this message from Joshua. I hope you will ask yourself these questions, also.

 “Am I a courageous woman/man of God?

 Am I a courageous Godly grandparent?”

Do I nourish my spiritual life with God’s Word consistently so I can nourish my grandchildren spiritually?

Do I pray intentionally for the spiritual well being of my grandchildren?

Do my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren see what it looks like to walk with Jesus from my life?”

 

 Courageous Godly Grandparents will invest in their own spiritual life

to be able to lead their grandchildren into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

By Lillian Penner, Co-Director of Pray Ministry, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

 



[1]  Joshua 1:7-9

[2]  Romans 8:26

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on February 24, 2017 at 7:26pm

 Do you get tired of praying the same prayers for your grandchildren and their parents? Do you feel like your prayers have become humdrum, repetitive, or pointless?

A number of years ago, I felt that my prayers were general and superficial. I prayed that my grandchildren would be safe and have a good day, but those prayers felt rote--and were probably powerless.   

 

However, that all changed after I asked God to give me wisdom and insight on how I could intentionally pray with a purpose for my grandchildren and their parents. I discovered that God’s Word is a great resource to help me to pray not only for my grandchildren and their parents, but also for myself. I believe that no prayer is more effective than the one that finds its roots in God’s Word, which is alive, powerful, and will not return void. 

 

When I pray according to God’s Word, I am in line with His will, enabling me to pray with wisdom and power, according to Hebrews 4:12: “The Word of God is full of living power” (nlt). I have found it helpful to spend time in God’s Word to know His promises and commands because my mind is renewed to think His thoughts. His Word helps me to see my grandchildren’s needs from His eternal perspective instead from my limited perspective.

John 15:7 promises that “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (niv) I believe God’s words can be the foundation of powerful prayers for our grandchildren and their parents.                     

As I started claiming God’s promises and personalizing the Scriptures, I experienced more boldness and confidence in my praying. I believe that nothing threatens the enemy, Satan, more than when we are intentionally praying God’s Word for our grandchildren, their parents, and ourselves. Many Scripture passages in Psalms, Proverbs, the Gospels and Paul’s writings can be used in our prayers.     

In our increasingly complex and turbulent world, we don’t know about the future. However, as grandparents who love the Lord, we know Who holds the future. We must be engaged in prayer for our grandchildren and their parents to keep their hearts and minds from falling captive to the enemy’s deception and lies.

We read in Psalm 3:5, “In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (niv).  Will you join me in laying your requests at the feet of Jesus, waiting in expectation for Him to answer those prayers?

Here are some Scripture passages to begin to pray intentionally for your grandchildren.  If you would like to receive more Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren subscribe to this blog and you will receive a free downloadable copy and you will receive more grandparenting tips and resources.

Pray ____________ will be quick to listen, slow to speak. And slow to become angry.  James 1:19

Pray ___________will be kind, compassionate and forgiving toward others Philippians 4:12 

Pray _________ will be generous and willing to share with others. I Timothy 6:18

If you would like to receive “31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren” sign up on the right to receive grandparenting resources regularly.

By Lillian Penner, Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on January 5, 2017 at 10:20pm

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 heart breaking.” 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 holds 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.

 

What are you doing to stand in the gap for your grandchildren? Please share in the comments.

 If you would like to receive the grandparenting blogs, subscribe for the email updates on the right of this blog. If you subscribe to the grandparenting blogs you will receive a free downloadable document of “31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.”

By Lilllian Penner, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on January 2, 2017 at 12:34pm

How You can Stand in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren

Years ago, Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews when their lives were physically threatened. Today grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren in the same way as their spiritual lives are threatened.  

I would like to invite you to become a part of a prayer group for grandparents to pray together for each other’s grandchildren and families.  At this time there are 30 G@P groups meeting in the U.S and South Africa, and interested groups in Australia.

 

There is an urgency for the power of prayer to keep the hearts and minds of our grandchildren from falling captive to the enemy’s deception and lies. We are engaged in a spiritual battle that requires the spiritual weapon of prayer.

As grandparents, we can make a significant difference in the world by praying regularly and intentionally for our grandchildren and their parents. We have an opportunity join together to powerfully touch the lives of another generation.

Grandparent @ Prayer (G@P) intercessory prayer groups consist of small or large groups of people meeting once or twice a month for approximately one hour at a designated location for prayer and fellowship. Groups are meeting in retirement centers, schools, churches, and homes weekly.

The beginning of 2017 would be a great time to get started, just ask a few grandparents to join you, try it for a few months, and see what you think. Many grandparents have told me that they appreciate a safe place to share their concerns for their grandchildren.

Please go to https://www.christiangrandparenting.net/prayer/grandparents-prayer/... to sign up to receive the eBook “The Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network “.   You may also email me at lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net indicating that you would like to receive the eBook “The Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparentring Network.”

By Lillian Penner, Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network.

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on October 24, 2016 at 5:19pm

Scriptures to Pray for Teenage  Grandchildren

Dear Father, I pray (Insert your child’s name)

1.  Resist Temptations

You will give ________wisdom and strength to withstand temptation. I Corinthians 10:13

2.  Protection

You will strengthen and protect ________from the evil one. II Thessalonians 3:3

3.  Self-control

______ will be self controlled and alert. Resist the enemy, standing strong in his/her faith.  I Peter 5:8,9

4.  Compassionate

________will become helpful, kind, tenderhearted and forgiving to others. Ephesians 4:32

5. Conversation/Words

________will let his/her conversation be gracious, as well as sensible. Colossians 4:5

6.  Wise Choices

You will show ________how to distinguish right from wrong and how to make wise choices. Proverbs 2:9

7. Not Misled

________will not be misled, remembering that he/she can’t ignore You and get away with it.  Galatians 6:7

8 . Sexual Purity

______will flee from sexual immorality and maintain purity for his/her future spouse.  I Corinthians 6:18

9. Know Right from Wrong

________will do what is right because knowing it and then not doing it is sin.  James 4:17

10. Refuse Evil

________will hate the gatherings of those who do evil and refuse to join in with the wicked. Psalm 26:5

11. Satisfaction

________will do his/her very best, for then he/she will have the personal satisfaction of work well done. Galatians 6:4

12. Self-centeredness

________will not just think about his/her own self, but be interested in others, and in what they are doing.  Philippians 2:4

By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on September 29, 2016 at 1:33pm

Are you looking for purpose in your life? If you are a grandparent you have a purpose, a mission field, a responsibility according to God’s Word. Moses told the Israelites, “Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to you children and to their children after them.” (Deut. 4:9)  I believe God wants us to with our children and grandchildren just a Moses told the Israelites how God has been there for us on our life journey.  

Are you looking for purpose in your grandparenting whether your grandchildren live next door or across the country? I was looking for a way I could impact the lives of my grandchildren. After doing some research God gave me a passion to intentionally pray for my grandchildren and share His love with them.    

I want to share with you five benefits I found in the book I authored titled, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren.

  1. Suggestions to imprint another generation with the message of God’s faithfulness.
  2. Bridge the distance between me and my grandchildren with prayer
  3. Creative resources to grandparent with a purpose
  4. Examples of Scriptures to pray
  5. How to develop a Photo Prayer Journal

Nancy Ann Yeager, author of A Grandmother’s Guide to Praying for Her Family writes, “Grandparenting with a Purpose will provide you with specific examples of how to pray Scriptures for your grandchildren.”

This book won’t make you the perfect grandparent, however, it will give you suggestions for prayer and communication to grandparent with a purpose. As a result of writing this book I was made more aware of grandparenting with a purpose by the way I live my life and intentionally praying for my nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and their parents. I am the National Prayer Coordinator of Christian Grandparenting Network and eager to share these resources with you.

Now you are at the point of making a decision: Are you going to learn how you can Grandparent with a Purpose as many have already?

The soft cover book, Grandparenting with Purpose retails for $11.99 plus shipping. At this time I have a special offer of $10.50 including shipping in the U.S. I will include a bonus of 2 prayer cards of “Suggestions to Pray for Children in School: Preschool, Elementary, High School and College” and “Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.”

The eBook is available for $3.99 on Amazon.

To buy at the discount price now: Go to http://www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com click on the Purchase button, complete order form, and the book and bonus will be shipped immediately for orders in the U.S.

This book will make an excellent Christmas gift for a grandparent, especially a long distance grandparent.

For foreign orders I would suggest that you purchase the book in eBook form from Amazon.

By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on September 1, 2016 at 6:29pm

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

Since our world is in moral and spiritual decline, we are in a battle for the minds and hearts of our dear grandchildren. The enemy is trying to steal their lives and the plans God has for them. In addition to trying to destroy their faith, the enemy is trying to destroy the morals of our country, especially the family unit. It is urgent that we stand in the gap to pray for the spiritual, emotional, and physical protection of our grandchildren and their parents so they do not become victims of our culture.

 

For that reason, Christian Grandparenting Network has a passion to encourage and equip grandparents to pray for their grandchildren. Our mission is to challenge grandparents around the world to intentionally and regularly come together to pray, interceding for their grandchildren, children and communities. In the Pray! Magazine, Arlyn Lawrence writes, “Intercession is one of the ways God designed for us to partner with Him in bringing His loving presence into our aching world.”1    

 

Therefore, we have organized “Grandparents@Prayer” (G@P) intercessory prayer groups. Our goal is to encourage grandparents to be prayer warriors through the personal discipline of intercessory prayer in the battle against the enemy. We encourage grandparents to meet together in small or large groups on a regular basis to unite in prayer at a designated location for 1 hour or longer of guided prayer and fellowship.

 

In Isaiah 58:6 we read that we can “loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke” in our world. 

 Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is a great time to ask grandparents to join you in prayer and share about the Grandparents@Prayer intercessory prayer groups   

I want to challenge you to ask God whom He would like you to ask to pray with you for each other’s grandchildren. Ask your friends, church senior group, neighbors, family members or whomever.

 

To learn more go to https://www.christiangrandparenting.net/prayer/grandparents-prayer/... to read about the format, stories, locations and how to sign up to participate. You may also email me at lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

 

The legacy of a praying grandparent will live on forever.

 

By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

 

1   Arlyn Lawrence, “It’s Not Just Who You Are-It’s Who You Know”, Pray! Magazine, Nov/Dec 2008, p.20. Colorado Springs, CO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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