My Journey as a Grandparent at Prayer

Written by Terri Sherrow, Prayer Ministry Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network

I was at a crossroads in my prayer life. While I prayed daily, my prayers were repetitious and too vague, especially for my grandson.

In February 2017, my prayer was literally, “Well, here I am again, Lord, praying the same thing I did yesterday and the same thing I will do tomorrow. Please keep Tyler safe, bless him, and help him to see you. Amen.”

I knew I had to do something. I needed to be bolder, and I needed to be specific. I needed to be an intercessor through the Holy Spirit for my grandson. I felt God deserved more from me and so did Tyler. I just had to figure out “how.”

God Speaks

That same day I read an online devotion titled “Four Incredible Reasons to Pray for Our Grandchildren Daily” by Lillian Penner. I felt a voice in my ear whisper “This is it.” I knew what I was supposed to do! I had to use the scriptures, God’s Word, to guide me in prayer.

I Respond

To begin, I read Ephesians 6. I knew I would need the Armor of God to protect me because I was going strong and bold. I then chose two of my favorite verses to get me started. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God…”. I prayed I would be quiet and listen for God’s direction. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” I prayed for the Holy Spirit to awaken me spiritually.

Pray Scripture

I was now on a mission to learn to pray Scripture. Not knowing exactly how to do this, I searched the internet for some ideas. If I had a little start, I would be able to put it all together. In my search, I found much more than I was hoping for in Christian Grandparenting Network and Grandparents @ Prayer.

With the resources, advice, tips, and encouragement I received from Christian Grandparenting Network, I began to understand God’s role for me as a grandparent. As a result, I began to pray intentionally for my grandson.

Praying the scriptures has been a life-changing experience for me. When I pray according to God’s Word now, I know I am in line with His will, which enables me to pray with power and wisdom. By praying God’s will, I am more in tune to see answers to prayers. And because He is faithful, I can rest in His peace while I wait for His answers.

Pray Regularly, Faithfully, Intentionally, and Specifically

I am still learning and growing as I stand in the gap for my grandson. There is no greater gift I can give him than the legacy of prayer. Not only is he blessed, but I too am blessed as I pray regularly, faithfully, intentionally, and specifically.

My goal, on behalf of my grandson, is that of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians. In Colossians 1:10, Paul states the purpose of his prayers is “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

As I bear fruit in my prayer life and grow in the knowledge of God, my grandson bears fruit through God’s answers to my prayers.


Editor’s Note: To find more resources on prayer from Christian Grandparenting Network as mentioned in this post, visit this link.

7 thoughts on “My Journey as a Grandparent at Prayer”

  1. Certainly an awesome way to pray and pleasing to the Lord. A child of God reminding our Father of His own words.

  2. I have been praying scripture for my kids and grandkids for several months now. The concept initially came through a ladies conference’s outbreak session last June called “Reigniting your prayer life.” And the take-away for me was to read through scripture, making note of specific verses I could take and then pray back to God for my offspring. I now have over 200 verses from which to draw, giving me freshness each week for which I pray for them. This has been an exciting way to pray, energizing my prayer for them, getting away from praying the same thing, the same way, And with today’s technology of texting, each week, I’ve texted each one, letting them know what scriptures I specifically prayed for them! This has given me exciting and bolder ways of praying God’s Word into their lives without redundancy!!

  3. What a wonderful way of loving your grandchildren! Perhaps consider keeping a journal they can look back on decades from now–to know how they were covered in prayer.

    1. Yes that is a great idea! I also mark in my Bible the scriptures I pray for my grands. I put their name and date I pray it for each of them. When they are older I will give them the Bible. Starting work on Bible number 3.

  4. Thank you for this information. I too pray daily for my grandchildren and this has truly helped me answer “what now, Lord?”

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