-by Mary May Larmoyeux– Prayer is important. And praying is one of the most significant things we can do for our children and grandchildren.
“Our prayers may be awkward,” says preacher and author Max Lucado, “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.”
Many of Legacy Connection’s readers think prayer is important, too. Last Tuesday’s blog post, “7 Things to Pray for Children or Grandchildren,” was well received. So I thought this week’s post would have seven more possible prayers. In the future, you can read weekly prayer suggestions on the Legacy Connection homepage (www.legacyconnection.org).
Prayers for Children and Grandchildren: Week 41
1. Lord, my children and grandchildren are growing up in a world where violence and confusion have become the norm. May they know this is not something that pleases You. No matter what happens around my loved ones, may they sense Your supernatural peace and protection. Help them not to be afraid in troubling situations. May they have a confidence that You are always with them.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
2. Almighty God, You gave us a clear understanding of Your will in the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20). And yet, today wrong is often being called right. Help my children and grandchildren want their decisions to honor You. And may they turn their “want to do right” into action.
“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)
3. My children and grandchildren will have many questions about life. May they not first go to Google for answers. But instead, look in your Word and seek godly advice.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15)
4. Help those influencing my children and grandchildren to give them wise counsel. And may I not only be prepared to answer my legacy’s questions, but also admit when I simply do not know the answers.
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)
5. Help my children and grandchildren love the truths given in the Bible. When the choices before them are not clear, help them know what they should do.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)
6. The thoughts that my children and grandchildren have today are important. It’s those very thoughts that will turn into actions. Help my loved ones ask themselves if their thoughts will lead to actions that please You. And if those thought won’t do that, may they have the strength to turn away from them.
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
7. Almighty God, help my children, and grandchildren come to you when they feel overwhelmed and exhausted. After all, constant activity does not bring a sense of calm. You are the only One who can give our souls true rest.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
© 2017 Mary Mary Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Searching for 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!)