Grandparents Day of Prayer
Join Us in Making
September 13, 2020
(National Grandparents’ Day)
A Grandparents’ Day of Prayer
Are you a praying grandparent who believes in the power of prayer on behalf of your grandchildren?
WHAT IS A “VIRTUAL 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 coincided with the National Grandparents’ Day in the United States. Churches enthusiastically responded by hosting events such as grandparent prayer breakfasts, luncheons and afternoon teas.
The present pandemic has forced many churches to close or limit the amount of available seating. Therefore, instead of the traditional Grandparents’ Day of Prayer, we are inviting you, as grandparents, to observe a Virtual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 13th. We are encouraging you to pray with at least one other grandparent over the phone, via a conferencing tool such as Zoom, or in person with careful observance of social distancing guidelines.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS?
Prior to September 13th:
- Enlist at least one other grandparent to pray with you.
- Select a time and “location” (ie. phone call, Zoom chat or social distanced).
- Mark down this information on your calendar.
On September 13th:
- Connect virtually with the other grandparents.
- Open with a brief devotion.
- Pray together for the salvation and sanctification of your grandchildren and their parents.
- Close with the Lord’s Prayer.
After September 13th:
Consider praying monthly with the other grandparent(s) for one year.
Ways to Observe Virtual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer
September 13, 2020
The purpose of Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is to raise an awareness of prayer among today’s Christian grandparents. The day is normally celebrated in churches, homes and Christian schools. Social distancing, however, imposes restrictions on this event. This year, we suggest you observe Grandparents’ Day of Prayer by choosing one (or more) of the following:
Step-up your prayer life:
- 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’s 31 Scriptures to Pray for Your Grandchildren https://christiangrandparenting.com/shop/31-scriptures-pray-freepdf/ ).
Encourage other grandparents to pray:
- Pray with another grandparent over the phone.
- Pray virtually with one or more grandparents by using a free online communication tool such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime.
Zoom – https://zoom.us/
Skype – https://www.skype.com/en/features/skype-web/
- Invite two grandparents to join you for prayer time on your porch. Observe socially distancing as you do.
Model prayer for your grandchildren:
- 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.
- Pray virtually with your grandchildren by using one a free online communication tool such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime.
- 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.
A PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY OF PRAYER
Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children (Lamentations 2:19).
Dearest Lord Jesus,
We come to you today, praying for each of our grandchildren and their parents. While these loved ones are precious to us, they are more adored by You, their Lord and Savior.
We pray You bless them with good health, sound minds, healthy emotions and loving hearts. Please guide and guard them in this challenging world. Let them know You intimately, love You passionately and serve You faithfully all the days of their lives. And when the time comes for them to leave this earth, please bring them home to You so that we may live together eternally.
We pray You equip us to be the godly grandparents, which You envisioned when You created us. May we always love our grandchildren as You love them. May we understand them as You understand them and view them as You view them.
Lord Jesus, we now place our thanksgivings and prayer request for our grandchildren and their parents at the foot of the cross… (Please mention your children and grandchildren by name, giving thanks and offering special prayer requests.)
All this, we ask in Your precious and powerful Name, Jesus!
(A special thanks to Cathy Jacobs and Cheryl Cargill for giving us permission to adapt and use this prayer for this year’s Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. Cathy is the founder of Pass the Legacy and author of Pass the Legacy: 7 Keys for Grandparents Making a Difference. Cheryl serves as the SC GrandCamp registrar and editor of the newsletter, Grandparents on the Go.)
The Legacy Coalition is honored to join the Christian Grandparenting Network in promoting Grandparents Day 2020 as a day devoted to praying for grandchildren. We strongly recommend that in our churches and in our homes, we take this day to encourage grandparents to intentionally exercise this powerful spiritual discipline.” We commend CGN for their leadership in encouraging grandparents everywhere to participate in the Grandparents’ Day of Prayer, and we will be enthusiastically supporting their efforts.
Christian grandparents recognize National Grandparents Day as an opportunity to pray for (and we hope, with) their grandchildren. Mark your calendar. Set your minder on your smart phone. Invite others to pray on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer.