– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Pops and I just returned from a visit with our out-of-state grandkids. It was great to see them (and their parents)! But it was sure hard to say goodbye! It will be a long time before we’ll see them again.
As we headed back to Arkansas, I was reminded of the most important thing that we can do for our children and grandchildren—those who live nearby and far away: Pray regularly for them.
It’s amazing to think that we can ask the All-knowing God to guide and protect them … to put people in their lives who will help them grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Here are two things that I do to help with prayer for my grands:
(1) As a prayer guide, I use the book While They Are Sleeping: 12 Character Traits for Moms to Pray as a prayer guide. It gives specific verses to pray for the following character traits: kindness, humility, teachability, forgiveness, obedience, discernment, purity, responsibility, courage, servanthood, contentment, endurance.
I have a copy of this book for each grandchild and jot down the dates when I pray for each of them. Funny thing … often I find myself not only praying the verses in this book for my grandkids, but also for Pops and myself and our grown children.
(2) Ask the grandkids how I can pray for them and remember that God really does hear and answer our prayers.
- “You [God] who answer prayer …” (Psalm 65:2)
- “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).
- “ … The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).
How do you remember to pray for your kids or grandkids? Do you ever ask your kids or grandkids to pray for you?
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Would you like some creative ideas listed by month that can help you connect with your kids or grandkids? Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart by Nancy Downing and Mary May Larmoyeux.