What is Grandparents’ Day of Prayer?
Several years ago, the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) saw the urgency to establish a day for grandparents to unite in prayer. Under the leadership of Lillian Penner, the second Sunday of September was named Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. This day coincides with the National Grandparents’ Day in the United States.
The purpose of Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is to raise an awareness of prayer among today’s Christian grandparents. Prior to the pandemic, this day was celebrated in churches, homes and Christian schools. Church leaders, school principles and individual grandparents enthusiastically responded by hosting events such as grandparent prayer breakfasts, luncheons, and afternoon teas.
The pandemic forced us to promote a virtual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer last year. However, with COVID cases diminishing and government regulations lifting, we encourage you to consider celebrating Grandparents’ Day of Prayer this year at your churches and in your communities.
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 Chronicles 20:15).
“For where two or three are gathered in my name,
there am I among them,” (Matthew 18:20).
What are some 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. The Challenge begins on Saturday, August 14, and culminates on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. Please use the following link to access the 30-Day Prayer Challenge: https://christiangrandparenting.com/30-days-of-prayer/
- 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 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’s 31 Scriptures to Pray for Your Grandchildren).
Host an event:
- In the past, united prayer has bridged the gap between a great need and a great awakening. Our hope is that thousands of 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.
Regardless of the method you choose, I encourage you to make Grandparents Day of Prayer 2021 a day that will bless your grandchildren.