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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Praying Grandparents

Tuesday's Thought

When I look at the world today, I realize how important it is to regularly pray for our grandkids. Only God knows the challenges they will face in tomorrow’s world.

I’ve begun a prayer notebook to help me be intentional about praying for each of our grands on a regular basis. Since we have five grandkids, I pray specifically for each child one day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) and record specific prayer requests and Bible verses in a three-ring spiral notebook. It has five sections (one section for each of the grands).

There are many wonderful books on prayer. Two that I enjoy using are While They Were Sleeping: 12 Character Traits for Moms to Pray and A Grandmother’s Guide to Praying for Her Family.

While They Were Sleeping gives specific verses to pray for the following character traits: kindness, humility, teachability, forgiveness, obedience, discernment, purity, responsibility, courage, servanthood, contentment, endurance.

A Grandmother's Guide to Praying for her Family has 260 very short devotions--each beginning with a Bible verse and ending with a prayer.

God honors prayers—I’ve seen this in my own life and imagine that you have too. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing.

What a privilege it is to pray for our grands. It’s a gift that money can’t buy. One that will affect not only their lives today, but also their future.

He is able,


Elaine Hilscher said...

Those books sound great, I sure would like to get them. Some years ago, we did this family prayers for our grands. I wrote the prayer specifically for each of the children and then sent it to the adult children and we all prayed for that particular child. Simular to what you did. But I did not keep any copies. The differance in an author and an ordinary person. Elaine

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Elaine, what a neat idea! I want to do this, too.

An author is an ordinary person who likes to write. :)

- Mary