Monday, June 24, 2019

Generations Prayer Group & Prayer from Psalms 25

We grandmas who make up Grandmas with Heart write this blog, because, as we focus upon handing down a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, we want to share what we learn with other grandparents. We believe grandmas have much to offer other grandmas, and grandpas/parents as well; we are honored to share with you and so thankful when you take time out of your busy day to read what we write - and share it with the grandparents/parents you know as well.
With these things in mind, I want to share today about how I am praying for my grandsons (and family as a whole). One of the primary ways I pray, is to pray Scripture for my family.  I have two books I use for this which I have actually written – one takes me through the Old Testament with a year of weekly passages to pray specifically for the ones I love. The other does the same with the Book of Psalms.

I have been trying to get a prayer group started at my church where we engage grandparents - and parents, too - in praying for the generations who follow us. This has been a challenge, but for the Summer I had the idea of giving my book on praying the Psalms to any grandparents/parents who wanted to join our "group" and then we all pray the same passage in Psalms the same week . . . although we are not actually meeting; we pray during our own times of prayer in our own homes. We are also able to share prayer requests - and answers - through email.
This group is really taking off! The grandparents/parents who have joined this group are very much enjoying it. We are planning to expand it in the Fall and continue this prayer group which prays at home, but through Scripture together. 

Last week we prayed Psalm 25:1-10 for our families and I have to say, it was wonderful! I have been praying and asking God to make His ways known to my grandchildren – and family! I prayed they will remember God’s compassion and faithful love; how they have been able to see these things in their own lives in the past and will have open eyes to see it today . . . and in the future as well. I pray they will continue to choose to follow God’s way, all of their lives and will choose to seek Him, follow the path He puts before them and have hearts filled with worship to Him!

This coming week we're praying Psalms 25:11-21 . . . if you would like to as well, these are the prayers . . . 
Dear God, on this day I thank You for forgiving my sin, for my sin was many, yet because You are true to Your name, You forgave me! You will show the right path to all who worship You; I choose to worship You. Please show me the right way! Oh LORD, You are my Friend and I will always look to You, because You rescue me from every trap! When I am lonely and troubled, please show You care and have pity on me. When my awful worries keep growing, please rescue me from sadness. See my troubles and misery and forgive my sins. I come to You for shelter. Please protect me, keep me safe and don’t disappoint me. I will obey You with all my heart and I trust You, knowing You will save me! 
I pray my grandchildren/children will understand though their sins are many, yet You forgive them, because You are true to Your name! Please cause them to have hearts filled with worship to You, so they will seek You and the follow the right path which You show to them. Please give them hearts which sincerely want You to be their Friend, remind them to always look to You, and know You rescue them from every trap! When they are lonely and troubled, please show You care and have pity on them. When their awful worries keep growing, please rescue them from sadness; please encourage them to know You see their troubles and misery and forgive their sins. I pray they will choose to come to You for shelter. Please protect them and keep them safe, so they are not discouraged, but will instead choose to obey You with all their heart and put their trust in You, knowing You will save them! Thank You for Your great love for us; I love You, too! Amen!
So often, far too often, the traps in this world look appealing – not at all like traps. They look like; “just the way people do things” and like there is nothing wrong with them. But, traps are traps, no matter how they are packaged. This is why I pray Psalm 25 for my family and ask God to help them have eyes which are open, so they are not side-tracked or derailed and so they will be able to see the traps for what they truly are – traps. If, and when, they should find themselves in a trap, I pray they will look to God and trust Him to rescue them – He always will!
I very much enjoy praying Psalm 25 for my family!
I love praying Scripture, because it is praying God’s Word, so it has to be in His will! And, praying Scripture helps me stay focused and keeps me praying intentionally. Praying for my family is important to me. I am not able to make them choose to follow, love and walk with God, but God is able and willing to move in their lives. He is able and willing to open their eyes and draw them to Him. There is nothing more important to me than this . . . and it is why I pray intentionally by praying Scripture for my grandchildren (and grown children).

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