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In Esther, chapter four we read that when Haman made a decree to kill all the Jews of Susa because Mordecai would not bow down to him. Mordecai asked his niece, Queen Esther to go to the king, beg for mercy, and plead for her people. However, Esther said she could not go unless she was invited by the king to come into his presence and she had not been invited for 30 days.

 Mordecai sent this message back to Esther, “Don’t think for a moment that you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for such a time as this?   Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai, ‘Go and gather the Jews of Susa and fast three days for me. . . My maids and I will do the same. Then though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I am willing to die. So Morecai went away and did as Esther told him.”₁ 

Queen Esther placed their problem in God’s hand when she asked the Jews of Susa and her maids to fast and pray with her for their lives to be saved. Their prayers were answered when King Xerxes invited Queen Esther into his presence, and she had an opportunity to share her concerns with him. King Xerxes found favor with Queen Esther, revoked the edict and the lives of the Jews of Susa were saved. 

Esther was willing to risk her life to become an intercessor for her people. God may not ask us to risk our lives to pray for our grandchildren, However, He does ask us to give up our own plans to spend more time in prayer for them. It seems like the enemy is always trying to distract us and keep us busy, with one thing or another so we won’t take the time to be intentional intercessors for our grandchildren. 

God has placed us, as grandparents in the sphere of influence of our grandchildren to love and nurture them for such a time as this just as God had placed Esther in her royal position.  God gave you your specific grandchildren and He gave me my grandchildren and great-granddaughters to be their prayer warriors in this post-Christian world we live in today.

 Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, we must stand in the gap with prayer for our grandchildren for such a time as this in 2020. Christian Grandparenting Network would like to challenge you to become a part of an intercessory prayer group of grandparents to pray together for each other’s grandchildren and families. To learn more about the Grandparents @ Prayer intercessory prayer groups click on

By Lillian Penner, Author of Grandparenting with a Purpose, Church Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network.

₁ Esther 4:13-17 NLT

©2020 Lillian Penner












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Comment by Malva Birch on July 6, 2020 at 12:41pm
Thank you, Lillian. Passing on to all grandparents I know in the US and overseas. May God bless our prayers for our grandkids and their parents. Please Lord!

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