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. Some watch helplessly from the sidelines as their grandchildren are raised in unsafe, unhealthy and dysfunctional environments. Others cringe while their grandchildren are coddled, pampered, enabled and revered by the adults around them. And a growing number of grandparents are making the ultimate sacrifice, raising their grandchildren on limited finances, resources and energy.

You are the Father of mercy and redemption, who promises, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).

Today, we stand in the gap, praying on behalf of those grandparents who carry heavy burdens. Comfort them “in their affliction, so they may be able to comfort those who have similar afflictions, with the comfort with which they are comforted” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

In Jesus’ Name, we pray.

Amen.