Friday, May 15, 2020

Take the First Step to Leave a Legacy of Faith

Prayer is absolutely the first step we are able to take when it comes to leaving a legacy of faith for the children and grandchildren given to us by God. It is an important and essential thing we are able to do as grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) to make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of the children we love . . . we are able to - and must - pray for and with them.

When we think about praying for our grandchildren, there are three things upon which we are able to focus. The first is, if we, as grandparents do not pray for our grandchildren, they may not have anyone who prays faithfully for them on a regular basis. 

When you think about this, what do you feel? Now, your grandchildren may have parents and their other grandparents who pray regularly and faithfully for them; but they may not. If you do not pray faithfully and regularly for your grandchildren, who will? This is an important question for you to think about and answer. And, keep in mind, even if they do have parents and their other grandparents who pray faithfully and regularly for them, your grandchildren need you to pray faithfully and regularly for them as well. Your prayers matter and do make a difference.


The second thing for us to think about when it comes to praying for our grandchildren, is for us to tell ourselves the truth, so we are not side-tracked or derailed by lies. It is so easy for us to believe a very big lie when it comes to praying. This is the lie which tells us our prayers do not even make it past the ceiling. The lie which tells us God does not really hear our prayers. The lie which tells us it does not matter if we make time to pray faithfully for our grandchildren and grown children. These are absolutely lies from the pit of Hell.


We need to tell ourselves the truth and the truth is God hears, listens to, answers our prayers, and they do matter - we are able to read this throughout Scripture. We need to choose to believe the truth and stop letting lies influence how we pray - or how we do not pray. Hold tightly to the truth and pray knowing God hears, listens to, answers our prayers, and they do matter; they do make a difference. 


Finally, the third thing for us to think about when it comes to praying for our grandchildren is for us to be intentional about helping our grandchildren learn to be people who pray. It is important for us to pray for them faithfully and regularly, but it is essential for us to help them learn to be people who pray; people who believe the truth of how God hears, listens to and answers their prayers, too! Here are some simple ways you are able to do this.

  1. Pray with your grandchildren. This seems pretty obvious, but it is far too easy for us to skip doing this. Pray with your grandchildren at meals – at my house, rather than have just one person pray at meals, each person at the table has a turn to share something for which they are thankful, then we all say “Amen” together.
  2. Help your grandchildren learn to pray Scriptures for themselves - use the book I and my grandsons wrote - Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children - it will help them learn to pray on their own. (It is available through amazon and in our Bookstore.)
  3. Help your grandchildren learn to journal their prayers. I bought simple notebooks for each of my grandsons and once a week, when they are at my house, we pull out their journals and they draw and/or write how God is answering their prayers and add new prayer requests to their journals. In the Old Testament we see over and over again how new generations forgot God and did not remember all He did for them – they did not know Him. It is essential for us to help our grandchildren learn to watch for what God is doing in their lives and to help them remember these things. Journaling prayers and how God answers is a wonderful – and simple – way to do this!
  4. Pray a Scripture blessing for your grandchildren. This could be one passage which remains your blessing throughout your grandchildren's lives; or as God puts a new passage on your heart and mind, you could switch it out from time to time. (You will find free Bible Blessing Prints at this link - feel free to download, print and use!)
These are just a few ways you will leave a legacy of faith and make a real, significant and important difference in the lives of your grandchildren by praying for them. What do you do to pray for your grandchildren?

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