Prayer for Teenager and Pre-Teen Grandchildren

Common Scenario: A teenager walks awkwardly along the fringe, trying to keep in step with a group of wayward peers. Weeks pass, and his awkwardness disappears. He stands in the way of sinners. Soon, he’ll sit in the company of mockers, revered by yet another teen who...

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Prayer for Grandparents Who Carry Heavy Burdens

Father God, Many grandparents face tremendous burdens and heartache. Some grandparents are denied the opportunity to mention Jesus’ name in the presence of their grandchildren, while other grandparents are denied a relationship with their grandchildren, altogether....

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Prayer for the Storms on Our Grandchildren’s Horizons

Are there storms on your grandchildren’s horizons, or are they already caught in a torrential downpour? If so, what is the reality of their storms? Are they one step behind the other students in their class? Are they pushed to excel? Are they having trouble making...

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Prayer for Our Grandchildren’s Teachers

Heavenly Father, We thank you in advance for the teachers, which You have chosen for our grandchildren; we are privileged to pray in their behalf. We pray that you bless our grandchildren’s teachers with a fulfilling school year. Give them the ability to create a...

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Salvation Prayer for Our Grandchildren

“Arise, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14). Dearest Lord Jesus, We pray diligently that you awaken our grandchildren to your glorious gift of salvation. Two thousand years ago, you removed your heavenly crown and stepped...

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Grandparents Day of Prayer

If you wander through a Hallmark store during the final weeks of August, you’ll notice cards celebrating National Grandparents Day. You won’t find any cards for Grandparents Day of Prayer, even though its date coincides with National Grandparents Day. Grandparents Day...

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Thanksgiving for Our Grandchildren

Dearest Lord Jesus, We set aside a few moments today to glorify you and to offer our humble thanks for our precious grandchildren. They are the apple of our eyes, the “crown of the aged” (Proverbs 17:6) who bring us indescribable joy. More importantly, they are the...

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Prayer for Parents at the Start of a New School Year

Heavenly Father, Our grandchildren’s parents are busily preparing for a new school year, purchasing clothes and last-minute school supplies, arranging carpool and planning lunches. Some breathe a sigh of relief, thankful that routine will soon return to their homes....

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Prayer that We Can Be Intentional, Christian Grandparents

Dearest Lord Jesus, We fail in our feeble attempts to be intentional Christian grandparents. We give “urgent matters” priority over the important things in life. We fail to pray for our grandchildren and their parents. We forget to share our faith stories when...

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Prayer that our Grandchildren Have the Courage to Stand Up

Dearest LORD Jesus, Please give our grandchildren the courage, fortitude and resilience to… stand for what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8) stand beside the downtrodden, the outcast, the bullied and those who are alone...

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STRETCHER-BEARERS

Who are the Stretcher-Bearers? Let's consider a familiar Gospel story--the story of the four stretcher-bearers and the paralytic (Luke 5:17-26)--in a not-so-familiar fashion. Instead of a story about faith and friendship, let's consider it as a metaphor for prayer....

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STORMS IN A GRANDCHILD’S LIFE

PREPARING FOR A STORM It was August, 1979, the middle of hurricane season, and Hurricane David was sweeping its way through the Lesser Antilles. I sat inside my dormitory room in Charleston, South Carolina, frantically flipping the pages of my calculus book, unaware...

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What Do You Do When You Can’t Find a Rainbow?

I peered over the steering wheel, my heart burdened by many things. Despite the rain pelting against the front windshield, sunlight streamed through my side window. Desperately, I searched the sky for a rainbow—knowing that if I spied a rainbow, my spirits would lift....

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Practicing Piety

Jesus chastised the scribes and Pharisees for practicing piety, falsely. “You are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you...

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A Grandparent is Like a Farmer

Which Farmer Will Yield a Harvest? A farmer trudges through the field with his muck boots squishing in puddles left by an early spring rain. He grips an old hoe in his right hand, and a pouch heavy with seeds is slung over his opposite shoulder. Every movement he...

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Afternoon Phone Call

A phone call from our youngest son in the middle of the afternoon was my first clue that something in his life was amiss. His words “Mom, are you doing anything important?” was my second clue. A pit formed in my stomach, as questions swirled in my brain. Why was our...

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Praying for Teens

Teens Struggle to Belong Teens who are desperate for a place to belong walk awkwardly along the fringe, trying to keep in step with a group of wayward peers. Weeks pass, and their awkwardness disappears. Within weeks, these teens are found standing in the way of...

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