Well here it is, a brand new year! A special time of both looking back and looking forward for many of us.
As I look back I think of the times that my husband and I have talked about how important it is for us to pray for our grandchildren. We’ve also shared this sentiment with others as we speak on grandparenting. But I also know in looking back that sometimes I am not consistent in this area. Oh yes, I send up the general plea for my grandchildren. But I am not always consistent in falling on my knees for them in their specific areas of struggle or need.
As I look back my thoughts also go to Queen Esther who stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when Haman plotted to destroy them. And my desire unfolds…to stand in the gap for my grandchildren just as Esther did for her people.
James 5:16–The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Prayer has power. Prayer produces effect.
How about you?
In her Bible Study, Live a Praying Life, Jennifer Kennedy Dean says,” Through prayer, the enemy’s schemes are thwarted. Through prayer, the powers, principalities, and authorities of Satan’s realm are stopped cold. Through prayer, all of the power and provision of God flows into the lives of His people.” Is this not what we want for our grandchildren? Satan’s schemes and powers toward them stopped. God’s power and provision for them in full flow?
With all that we have vying for our time, how will we do this?
E. M. Bounds says, “God shapes the world by prayer.” Prayer is an aggressive, pro-active work. And an important work. One we must be intentional about.
Let’s make this the year we begin to intentionally stand in the gap for our grandchildren. Moving God to shape their lives through our prayers.
This year one of my goals is to provide resources, suggestions, and encouragement for you as you stand in the gap for your grandchild(ren).
Suggestion #1: Don’t go it alone. Why not grab another grandparent or two and begin a prayer group for your grandchildren? Perhaps, three grandmothers meeting once a week or month for coffee in the morning, two or three grandparenting couples meeting in a home, or several grandparents praying together through an internet group. Begin now to think about your lifestyle and the other grandparents in your circle of life. Who might become your prayer circle? How will it work? When will you meet?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and to know if you will be organizing a prayer circle of your own. Please let me know by leaving a comment.