-by Mary May Larmoyeux- Do you ever wonder, “Do my prayers matter?” Yesterday I was reminded of the answer.
My husband and I were visiting a friend who said her now grown children are doing well because of their praying great-grandmother. My friend still remembers her grandmother telling her decades ago, “I’m praying for you and your children.”
What about you and me? How do we pray for those we love? Do we pray in faith or just say some words and call them prayer, while holding onto situations through worry? Corrie ten Boom asked in her book The Hiding Place: “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
And Author Max Lucado says in his book Discovering the Power of Prayer: “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”
4 Things to Pray for Children
Here are some things we can pray for our children and grandchildren. The exact words don’t matter.
1. Child’s name know that as you go to school today, some may be responsible for you who may not know God. You may even be taught things that are not true. I confess, that often it is hard for me to not somehow protect you even though I know that I can’t. But God can—no matter where you are today.
No matter what happens, Lord, surround my legacy with supernatural protection and peace. Help ______________ ask for Your guidance and wisdom. May ______________ understand that whether tragedies or great blessings flood their lives, You are there. May my legacy and I trust the words of Joshua 1:9 today, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
2. Child’s name ,I hate that you are growing up in a time filled with so much evil and violence. It truly grieves my heart.
Lord, help my children and grandchildren …and me… not to focus on what’s going wrong in the world, but instead to keep our eyes on the only One who can make things right. After all, Almighty God, you are the One who truly understands how all of the pieces of life will ultimately fit together. We can trust You. We are told in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
3. Child’s name , God has made you in a unique way for a unique purpose for this very time. May I never forget this and trust God to intervene in your life today.
Almighty God, sometimes I forget that You knew my children and grandchildren long before I did. You even chose the day they would be born. It doesn’t surprise You that they are living in troubled times. And You promised in John 16:33, that “In this world you will have trouble.” Then you sprinkled that verse with hope, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
4. Lord, give Child’s name friends of strong moral character—young men and women who will encourage them to do things that please You. But if they fail in some way today, may they realize failure is never final and discover that setbacks often lead to new discoveries and better ways of doing things.
Good and gracious God, help ______________ not to be deceived or to deceive others. May ______________ have genuine friends and realize that “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
When I began my morning today I thought about some of my grandchildren who are in public schools. Some of their teachers do not know God. Although I asked God to take care of them, I had to ask myself, “Will I truly trust Him?”
It’s mind-boggling to think that you and I can release our concerns for our families to the One who made life itself. But releasing our worries requires us to rest in His wisdom, believing He will act—in His time and in His way.
Charles H. Spurgeon, a beloved 19th century preacher, treated prayer as the steering wheel of his life. “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance,” he said. “It is far deeper than that—it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of heaven and earth.”
Copyright © 2018 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
If you would like some creative ideas for grandparents, check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)