Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with Prayer Handprints

If you have been reading Grandmas with Heart, it does not take long to realize we care very much about handing down a heritage of faith to the sweet grandchildren with whom we have been blessed by God. It also does not take long to see we care about praying for them. We know God hears, listens to, and answers our prayers - it is the most powerful thing we are able to do for our loved grandchildren. So, when I found the following idea on Pinterest I knew I had to share it with you, because it is one of the best ideas I've found anywhere!

Just follow this link for the details, but basically you need to trace the hands of each of your grandchildren (if they live far, ask them to do this and mail their handprints to you). Then ask God for a verse to pray for each grandchild for the coming year; write this verse on their handprint, put the handprints in your Bible or where you will see them each day and then use them to pray Scripture for your grandchildren all year long - whether they are young or old, live near or far.

These handprints are very helpful for me personally - please let me share with you something my oldest grandson said to me when he was just four years old. I have three sweet, wonderful, yet rascally grandsons. My oldest grandson walked up to me one day when he was at my house, and as seriously and as matter-of-fact as you are able to imagine, he said; “When people get old, they get holes in their brains.” Then, with his brown eyes twinkling and a big smile on his sweet face he said; “This is why you forget things, grandma!” I did mention my grandsons are little rascals, didn’t I?! Well, at least he is a very sweet rascal, because he followed this very “rascally” thing to say to his grandma with a hug!
Well, it is true, I do forget things sometimes. We all do. God knew this about us and this is the very reason why in Numbers 15 He told His people to wear tassels on the bottom of their robes. It was not to make a fashion statement. It was for a specific purpose – to help them remember God. Each time they saw the fringe, they were able to be reminded of God, how they belonged to Him and they needed to obey His commands.
I appreciate reminders – it is why I wear a necklace with photos of my grandsons. Each time I see or touch it, I am reminded to pray for them - and my grown children. Along with providing me an opportunity to show others how sweet my three rascals are (I am a grandma, after all!) it is a reminder for me. And the idea I found on Pinterest follows this idea of reminders. 
Place your grandchildren's handprints in your Bible and then each day as you read your Bible, you’ll see – and remember – your grandchildren and their requests. As God answers, start over with a new handprint and their new request. Plus, on the back of each handprint, write a verse which God has laid on your heart to pray for them, individually. If you have a grandchild who has not yet turned to God, you might pray John 3:16 or John 12:36 for them. For a grandchild who is struggling with temptation, you might pray Ephesians 6 and ask God to help them put on His armor. Ask God to give you a verse for each grandchild – He will!
There is nothing more powerful or important which we as grandmas (or grandpas) are able to do for our grandchildren than to entrust them into God’s hands . . . there is no better place for them! As much as we love our sweet rascals, God loves them infinitely more. Plus, if we are able to help them see how God answers prayer, they may learn to pray as well, and we will be doing something important and essential in handing down the faith. So, try this simple way to be intentional about praying – and remembering - whether you have "holes" in your brain, or not!

And, save the handprints. Write on them how/when God answered. When your grandchildren become parents, give them the handprint prayers from throughout their lives - what a powerful way to show them God answers prayers and encourage them to be parents - and one day grandparents who pray.

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