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During this autumn season, I am reminded of my childhood, growing up on a wheat farm in Oklahoma. In the summer after the wheat harvest, my father would prepare the soil for the next year’s crop, and in the autumn, he would sow the wheat seed. We would wait for the rains to water the seed, fertilizer, and wait for it to come up and watch it grow throughout the winter months. We would see the wheat heads form and ripen to a golden color for the harvest in early June in the spring. We had faith that once the seed was in the ground, rains would come, nature would take its course, and the golden heads of wheat would be ready to be harvested next summer.
Our prayers can be like a seed.
It reminds me of when we pray for our grandchildren; we are sowing seed, asking God in faith to draw our grandchildren to him with gentle cords of love. Once we have asked, things start happening behind the scenes; whether we are asleep or awake, God is at work, preparing an answer to our prayers. In God’s timing, the answer will be evident, and we will “reap” the results of our seed (prayer) sown.
However, we must have faith; trusting God is at work even when it seems like nothing is happening while waiting for the seed (prayers) to sprout, grow, and bring forth a harvest.
One little seed has many potentials, it seems so small, but under the right conditions, this one seed can grow into a plant that will yield a great harvest! Spiritual multiplication is the same. The seed (prayers) that we sow in our grandchildren's lives will produce a harvest of blessing in the future, even into future generations.
This week we were talking with one of our grandsons he was telling us of his desire to grow in his relationship with Jesus. He was spending more time in God’s Word and was involved in a Bible study. It reminded me that we had sowed the seed with our prayers, and the seed sprouted and was being watered with God’s Word for growth. What a blessing for us to hear our prayers are being answered.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart”
(Galatians 6:9, NKJV).
Additional prayer helps:
I have developed “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren.” Many grandparents using these Scriptures to pray for their grandchildren have found them helpful. Just by joining the mailing list on the right side of this page you will receive grandparenting blogs and prayer suggestions to pray for your grandchildren regularly. I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.”
By Lillian Penner, Christian Grandparenting Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org