TITLE: The Power of Praying Grandparents
By Lisa Huber
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Many of us have promptings to pray for someone, often never knowing the result of our prayers, but when we pray daily for someone we are investing in their lives in a dramatic way. Although we may never know exactly what situations that person was spared because of our prayers, or what they were able to endure, we do know that we are making a difference.
Grandparents have an opportunity that is a rare one when it comes to prayer. They are often removed from the immediate family of their grandchildren by some sort of distance whether it is ten minutes or 1,000 miles. This allows them the chance to intercede for their grandchildren even when they may not know exactly what is going on in their grandchildren’s lives.
When I think about grandparents who are prayer warriors for their families, I think about my own grandparents who have prayed for me since before I was born. They have never lived in close proximity to me, so spending time together was not a frequent option, but that did not change their fervency in prayer for me (and my other cousins too).
As a child, I knew that my grandparents prayed for me each day as they spent time in the Word and in prayer together on their own, but it was not until my college years that I realized how special it is to have praying grandparents.
During both my sophomore and junior years at Indiana Wesleyan University, I faced two different broken engagements. These times were tremendous emotional struggles for me. It was so hard to have my dreams almost come true and then end so dramatically and painfully. As I trudged through the fog of this loss and tried to deal with the love I still felt for these two men, I felt the prayers of others quite strongly. I knew that there were people from my home church praying for me, my parents, and other family, but the prayers that meant the most to me were the ones that I knew my grandparents were praying for me.
This is not to say that I did not feel the others were important, but I have always felt my grandparents to be blessed with tremendous Godly wisdom and insight. My grandparents knew the situations I was dealing with, although not thoroughly, and still loved me and prayed that God would bless me and guide my steps day by day. I can recall several letters I received from Grandma. Each time she would assure me of their prayers and add the scripture, “And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy they soul…” (Isaiah 58:11 KJV).
As I think back on those times, I realize how important those prayers were to me. I believe that because of their prayers, I was able to come out of those situations with less emotional scars than if I had not had praying grandparents. Their prayers have touched my life in so many different ways, it would be hard to tell them all. Recently, I was at the funeral for my Great-Uncle, and heard one of his daughters say to my grandfather, “Now that dad is gone, you will need to pray that much harder for me.” That brought tears to my eyes because I realized how their prayers have reached all of their family, not just their immediate family. I also began to think that someday, I too would have to face the situation of losing my grandparents and their prayer coverage. That will not be easy, but for now, I am eternally grateful for all the prayers my grandparents have sent heavenward for me and now for my husband and daughters as well.
I believe that their influence can be just as great when they are praying great-grandparents too! Although my daughter is too young to understand the significance of praying grandparents and great-grandparents can have in her life, I know that someday she too will be able to say, “I am who I am partially because of my heritage of praying grandparents.”
I challenge each grandparent to make it a priority to pray for your family. Cover them daily in your prayers and believe that God can and will make a difference in their lives because of those prayers. The second thing I challenge you to do is to tell them that you are praying for them. One of the recent times I spent with my grandfather, he assured me again of the prayers being prayed for each one of my family, as well as how precious wea re to him. This brought tears to my eyes, and a big blessing to my heart. Please, if you have not already begun doing this, become a praying grandparent and unveil God’s power and hand in their lives. You will not regret it.
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