Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A prayer for my grandchildren
Some years ago, I wrote a poem about a moment in which God impressed upon my heart a prayer for our grandchildren. You can read the poem here: A Birthday Moment. (It had been a long time since I had read the poem, but I recently found it again "accidentally" while searching my blog for a poem by someone else.) This poem of mine was written about the four of my grandchildren who were present at the time. Now there are quite a few more!
I pray for my grandchildren every day, but recently I've been teaching a ladies' Sunday School class using the Elizabeth George book Breaking the Worry Habit .. Forever. In a recent lesson we covered the topic of worrying about our children and grandchildren. At the end of that lesson we were reminded that there are physical and spiritual battles being waged around our children and grandchildren. Then we were assigned to write out a statement of our resolve to pray for, protect, and guard our children and grandchildren. I chose to write my statement of resolve in the form of a prayer. Here is the prayer I wrote:
"You know the concerns I have for each one of our precious grandchildren. I recognize that they are in Your hands and that You have a purpose and a plan for each one of their lives. You are the One who will do the necessary work in their lives to accomplish Your purpose for each one.
"Yet there are things you would have me to do, as well. Help me to pray for them faithfully, fervently, intelligently, and daily. May I keep Your Word ever before them in every way possible. Help me to know how best to instruct them, and give me the opportunities and the words to do so. Help me and my husband to continue to maintain the standards in our home that will guard them from the world during any time they spend with us.
"I thank You for how You will work and for the wisdom and strength You will give for this task as I am faithful to look to You.
"In Jesus' name,
I placed this prayer in the front of my prayer journal so I will pray it on a regular basis. One morning as I was doing so, I thought back to the poem "A Birthday Moment" which, due to my poetry search, was now fresh in my mind again. And do you know what wonderful thing God brought to my mind? He has answered that prayer that I prayed years ago in the light of the birthday candles. Each one of those four children has now asked Jesus to be their personal Savior. What an encouragement to this Grammy's heart to be reminded of that answered prayer! And what an added incentive to keep on praying for our precious grandchildren.