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September 11, 2022
A Grandparents’ Day of Prayer
Are you a praying grandparent who believes in the power of prayer on behalf of your grandchildren?
What is Grandparents’ Day of Prayer?
Several years ago, under the leadership of Lillian Penner, Christian Grandparenting Network in the United States established the second Sunday of September to be named Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. Today, Christian Grandparenting Network Canada carries on the recognition of this day to encourage grandparents across Canada to unite in prayer for their grandchildren.
The purpose of Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is to raise an awareness of prayer among today’s Christian grandparents. At Christian Grandparenting Network Canada, we want to embolden grandparents to be intentional as they pray for their adult children and grandchildren.
Why is Grandparents’ Day of Prayer important?
The Gospel Message is under assault everywhere, including our schools, political arenas, marketplaces and churches. It’s not easy navigating a world hostile to truth in this post-Christian culture. Satan is relentless in his aggressive attack to desensitize mankind to the truth about God’s grace and plan for salvation through Christ Jesus. We find ourselves involved in a spiritual tug-of-war for the hearts, minds and souls of our children and grandchildren.
Spiritual battles require spiritual weapons. The strongest weapon in our arsenal is prayer. We need to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin and intercede on behalf of our children, and grandchildren. Then having done all, we must stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayers according to His will.
Scripture tells us…
“Do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed . . . for the battle is not yours but God’s” (2 Chronicle 20:15).
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20).
Steps for Celebrating Grandparents’ Day of Prayer
Prior to September 11th:
- Join us for the 30-Day Prayer Challenge beginning on Saturday, August 13. Download your personal copy of the 30 Day Prayer Challenge.
30-Day Prayer Challenge for Grandparents (597.3 KiB, 110 hits)
- Mark Grandparents’ Day of Prayer, September 11, on your calendar
- Make plans to host an event (no matter how big or small).
- Invite other grandparents to pray with you.
On September 11th:
- Make praying for your grandchildren a priority on this special day.
- Encourage others to join you.
After September 11th:
What are ways to celebrate Grandparents Day of Prayer?
Step-up your prayer life:Join other grandparents by participating in the 30-Day Prayer Challenge being offered by Christian Grandparenting Network Canada. The challenge begins Saturday, August 13, and culminates on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. Download your copy of Deborah’s booklet, 30 Day Prayer Challenge.
30-Day Prayer Challenge for Grandparents (597.3 KiB, 110 hits)Give thanks for your grandchildren and pray for their new school year. Write out a prayer for each of your grandchildren. This prayer/ writing can take any form. Write them as poems, journal entries, letters or whatever style is most comfortable for you. (Grandchildren love to receive mail from their grandparents; therefore, you may want to send it to them via “Snail Mail.”)
- List the names of your grandchildren on a piece of paper. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you a Bible verse for each grandchild and record this verse next to each name. Incorporate these verses into your prayers for your grandchildren during September. (For more help praying Scripture, please see Christian Grandparenting Network Canada’s 31 Scriptures to Pray for Your Grandchildren – 31 SCRIPTURES TO PRAY
Host an event:
- In the past, united prayer has bridged the gap between a great need and a great awakening! Our hope is that many churches, community groups and individual grandparents will host a prayer event for this special day.
- The event could be held in your church, home, retirement complex or any meeting location you choose. It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.
- You may want to ask your pastor to acknowledge and pray for the grandparents in your congregation during corporate worship; set aside the Sunday school hour to pray for children and grandchildren; or gather in your home for prayer.
- Some churches host a prayer breakfast or a luncheon following their morning worship. Others offer an afternoon tea or evening dessert, either in the fellowship hall or in the homes of individual grandparents. Food is optional; prayer is key!
Model prayer for the next generation:
- Text your grandchildren and ask if they have any prayer requests. If your grandchildren are too young, you can ask their parents. Make this a weekly habit.
- Text your grandchildren and let them know that you prayed for them on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer.
- Teach your grandchildren how to Pray the Alphabet: Working from A to Z, pray one specific thing for each letter. Leave the focus of the prayer wide-open or identify a focus before you begin. For example, you and your grandchildren might choose to pray for things related to school, their relationships, struggles, or the development of Godly character traits.
- Start a Legacy Prayer Journal: Two generations working in one prayer journal – together. This tool and method help promote communication, build connection, and encourage the modeling and discussion of prayer. Be the “keeper” of the journal and use technology to elicit entries from your grandchildren. CLICK HERE to order your copy of Legacy Prayer Journal by Deborah Haddix.