Friday, June 14, 2019

The "Role" of Grandma - Prayer Warrior & Prayer "Teacher"

What is the role of a grandma? When I ask my grandsons what a grandma's "job" is, they tell me things like - hugging, making cookies and saying, "I love you!"  I agree with them; these are all important things for a grandma to do, but what is the role of a grandma? What are the most important, absolutely essential things we are supposed to do as grandmas?

Important question. And the answers matter, too, because while the things my grandsons think are important - loving and making cookies - are important, the role of grandma is much more than these things.


So, for the coming few days, I want to look at the role of grandma. I want to think and talk about what a grandma needs to do . . . and I'd most sincerely appreciate your comments - please share what you think about the things I identify as the role of grandma and let me know what you consider to be part of the role of grandma as well.


I'm going to start with one of the most important things a grandma will ever do . . . pray. We need to be prayer warriors for our grandchildren. This world may be very frightening at times - terrorism, social change, political upheaval and so much more leaves us feeling uncertain about the world in which our grandchildren will grow up. It may leave us wondering how they will find their way through it all to love, know and follow Jesus with all their heart.

The truth is, we are not able to make our grandchildren choose to love, know and follow Jesus with all their heart, but we absolutely are able to pray for the following . . . 
  • Pray they will have eyes which are open, so they see the truth about Who God Is and how they may choose to love, know and follow Him with all their hearts.
  • Pray God will protect them from the evil one, so they will not be deceived or side-tracked by anything in this world.
  • Pray they will be drawn to Jesus and not anything in this world which will take them away from Him.
  • Pray they will have hearts which are quick to choose to love God and do as His Word says.
  • Pray they will have friends who love God, so they are able to encourage and strengthen each other to make wise choices.
These are just some of the things we need to pray for them, but they are definitely tops on my list.

I want to be a grandma who prays for my grandsons, but I also want them to grow to be people who pray. People who believe God when He says He hears, listens, pays attention to and answers their prayers, so I help them learn to pray. How do I do this, you ask? I do the following with them . . . 
  • I am sure they hear me pray for them.
  • I let them know what I'm praying about for them.
  • I involve them in learning to journal their prayers. 
  • I am helping them learn to pray the Psalms.
  • I changed the way we "pray" at meals - rather than have just one person pray to thank God for our food, I have each person at the meal share one thing for which they are thankful.
These are just some of the ways I'm helping my grandsons grow to be people who pray. I see this as part of my role as grandma . . . to be a grandma who prays and who helps my grandsons learn to be people who pray as well.

What do you do to pray for and help your grandchildren become people who pray? Do you see this as part of the "role" of grandma? Why, or why not? What do you consider to be the "role" of grandma? (And these things apply to grandpas, too.)

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