Grandparents Day of Prayer
Join Us in Making
September 12, 2021
(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 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.
With the rise in COVID cases diminishing and government regulations lifting, we want to encourage you to consider participating in Grandparents Day of Prayer.
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 12th:
- Join us for the 30-Day Prayer Challenge beginning on Saturday, August 14th.
- Mark Grandparents’ Day of Prayer, September 12th, on your calendar
- Make plans to host an event (no matter how big or small).
- Invite other grandparents to pray with you.
On September 12th:
- Make praying for your grandchildren a priority on this special day.
- Encourage others to join you.
After September 12th:
- Sign up to receive the 52 Weeks of Prayer, newly updated by Christian Grandparenting Network.
- Regularly contact your grandchildren and let them know you are praying for them.
- Consider meeting monthly to pray with other grandparents for a year.
- Let Christian Grandparenting Network help you start a Grandparents @ Prayer (G@P) group.
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. The challenge begins Saturday, August 14, and culminates on Grandparents’ Day 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 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, download any of the Prayer Cards on our Free Resources page.).
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.
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.