The second Sunday of every September is National Grandparents Day! It was signed into law in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan as a day to honor the legacy and celebrate the importance between grandparents and their grandchildren. However, within the Christian community, there is a Grand Switch at play. The Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) took the initiative to take this National Holiday and turn the focus from the grandparent into a Grandparent’s Call-to-Prayer.
Do you remember a grandparent that prayed for you? Can you see where your life could have taken a vastly different turn without those prayers? Did those prayers make an unseen difference in your life? Or perhaps, you didn’t have a grandparent’s prayer behind you. As a Christian grandparent now, can you see the difference prayer could make in the life of a grandchild?
Our grandchildren face a world vastly different and challenging than from our years growing up. Peer pressure, bullying, social media, gender crisis, addiction, abortion, family crisis, and sexuality are household words in their culture. Often, trying to put words into our heartfelt prayers for them is difficult. The need is so great. However, we have God’s defense and justification in our call to stand in the gap for our grandchildren. Here are four things to remember
1. We are invited to bring our concerns for our grandchildren before Him. 1 Peter 4:7 (Amplified Bible) says, “Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”
2. He is greater! It’s easy to forget the truth of 1 John 4:4, “You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
3. A continuous invitation is found in Matthew 7:7, “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
4. And a Promise from Matthew 7:8, “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Director of GrandLife, Shades Mountain Baptist Church