Ways to Observe Virtual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer

by: Sherry Schumann

Grandparents’ Day of Prayer: September 13, 2020

The purpose of Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is to raise an awareness of prayer among today’s Christian grandparents. The day is normally celebrated in churches, homes and Christian schools. Social distancing, however, imposes restrictions on this event. This year, we suggest you observe Grandparents’ Day of Prayer by choosing one (or more) of the following:

Step-up your prayer life:

  • Give thanks for your grandchildren and pray for their new school year.
  • Write out a prayer for each of your grandchildren. This prayer/ writing can take any form. Write them as poems, journal entries, letters or whatever style is most comfortable for you. (Grandchildren love to receive mail from their grandparents; therefore, you may want to send it to them via “Snail Mail.”)
  • List the names of your grandchildren on a piece of paper. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you a Bible verse for each grandchild and record this verse next to each name. Incorporate these verses into your prayers for your grandchildren during September. (For more help praying Scripture, please see Christian Grandparenting Network’s 31 Scriptures to Pray for Your Grandchildren.)

Encourage other grandparents to pray:

  • Pray with another grandparent over the phone.
  • Pray virtually with one or more grandparents by using a free online communication tool such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime.
  • Invite two grandparents to join you for prayer time on your porch. Observe socially distancing as you do.

Model prayer for your grandchildren:

  • Text your grandchildren and ask if they have any prayer requests. If your grandchildren are too young, you can ask their parents. Make this a weekly habit.
  • Text your grandchildren and let them know that you prayed for them on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer.
  • Pray virtually with your grandchildren by using one a free online communication tool such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime.
  • Teach your grandchildren how to Pray the Alphabet: Working from A to Z, pray one specific thing for each letter.  Leave the focus of the prayer wide-open or identify a focus before you begin. For example, you and your grandchildren might choose to pray for things related to school, their relationships, struggles, or the development of Godly character traits.
  • Start a Legacy Prayer Journal: Two generations working in one prayer journal – together. This tool and method help promote communication, build connection, and encourage the modeling and discussion of prayer. Be the “keeper” of the journal and use technology to elicit entries from your grandchildren.

4 comments on “Ways to Observe Virtual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer

  1. Great post! Grandparents are so important. I miss mine terribly!

  2. Now that I’m a grandparent, I appreciate posts like this so much, Deborah! I also love that you’re encouraging us to teach our grandchildren to pray! I’m going to try the alphabet idea the next time I’m with my grandson. He’s only two but learning his alphabet already! Pinning!

    • The alphabet idea is my favorite, even for personal prayer! Let me know what you think after you introduce it to your grandson! Thanks for stopping by today and for pinning! You are deeply appreciated!

  3. Deborah, I’m not a grandparent, but I am eternally grateful for the prayers that my parents prayed for my girls over the years, and also the prayers that my in-laws continue to pray for them. These all seem like great ideas to continue persevering in prayer during this season in our world.

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