As I look ahead into 2017, it’s not difficult to see that our national and global situation is in turmoil. A good friend focused my attention on Isaiah 60:1-2 as a word from the Lord for the New Year: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
I can feel the invading darkness of evil like a heavy, moral and spiritual fog infiltrating our nation at every level. Is precisely at this moment of national darkness that God commands us to arise, let our Light shine, and the distinctive glory of our Lord will be evident to all. It is wonderful to know that God is in control. His word reminds us in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength”.
As grandparents let’s not let the enemy dull our desires to intentionally pray for our grandchildren and their parents. Prayer is our most strategic weapon. The enemy wants to disintegrate and divide our families, rendering them chaotic, restless and unfruitful. I believe it’s our place to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our nations, our children and grandchildren. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God does indeed hear and will answer our prayers according to His will.
Years ago Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when their lives were physically threatened. Today grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren in the same way as their spiritual lives are threatened.
I would like to invite you to become a part of a prayer group for grandparents to pray together for each other’s grandchildren and families. Right now, there are G@P groups meeting in the U.S, Philippines, and South Africa, with interested groups in Australia.
We live in a day of urgency for the power of prayer to keep the hearts and minds of our grandchildren from falling captive to the enemy’s deception and lies. We are engaged in a spiritual battle that requires a spiritual weapon — prayer.
As grandparents, we can make a significant difference in the world by praying regularly and intentionally for our grandchildren and their parents. We have an opportunity join together to powerfully touch the lives of another generation.
Grandparents@Prayer (G@P) intercessory prayer groups consist of small or large groups of people meeting once or twice a month for approximately one hour at a designated location for prayer and fellowship. Groups are meeting in retirement centers, schools, churches, and homes weekly. It is a great way to launch a grandparenting ministry focus in your church.
The beginning of 2017 would be a great time to get started, just ask a few grandparents to join you, try it for a few months, and see what happens. Many grandparents have told me that they appreciate a safe place to share their concerns for their grandchildren.
Please click here to sign up to receive the eBook “The Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network”. I will also send you some free prayer resources you can download. If you prefer, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the eBook.
Lillian Penner is the author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren and is the National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network. An avid blogger, Lillian will break into smiles if you ask about her twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She and her husband, John, live in Portland, Oregon, where they are active in church ministries.