Grandparents Unite in Prayer on Grandparents Day - A Guest Post

Today I'd like to welcome Lillian Penner, an avid grandparent and Co-Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network. She has a valuable message for those of us who have children or grandchildren. Would you give her a warm Hungry for God welcome by leaving a comment below?

Grandparents’ Day was designated by a Senate proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 to be observed the second Sunday in September. 

The mission of Christian Grandparenting Network is to promote effective grandparenting, with the aim of helping our grandchildren  know and follow Christ wholeheartedly. 

This is why Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents all over the world to join in prayer for their grandchildren and the parents of their grandchildren on, Sunday, September 8, making it a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. 

It's a global reality that truth is under attack like never before in our schools, our political arenas, the marketplace, and even in our churches. Christianity is under assault, and parents and grandparents find themselves involved in a tug of war for the hearts and minds of their children. 

It's not easy for our grandchildren to navigate in a world hostile to truth in this post-Christian culture. Satan is relentless in his aggressive attack to desensitize our children to truth and righteousness. The enemy wants to disintegrate and divide our families, rendering them chaotic, restless, and unfruitful. 

Let’s not let the enemies distract us or dull our desires to pray for our grandchildren and their parents intentionally. We're in a spiritual battle requiring spiritual weapons. Prayer is our best weapon to defeat the enemy. 

I believe it’s our place as grandparents to get on our knees, humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our nations, our children, and grandchildren. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayers according to His will. "Do not be afraid or discouraged . . . . For the battle is not yours but Gods." II Chronicles 20:15 

Our grandchildren and their parents not only need our support, they also need our earnest prayers. They need our united prayer, a good, unified prayer for our hope and dreams for the next generation to be realized. 

Jesus declared, “Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My name [meeting as My followers], I am there among them” (Matt. 18:19-20). 

We believe praying grandparents can win the battle for the hearts and minds of our precious grandchildren and their parents. Many years ago, when the Israelites’ lives were threatened physically, Esther stood in the gap for her people. Today, grandparents can stand in the gap for their grandchildren and their parents as their spiritual lives are threatened. 

Over the last eight years, many grandparents throughout the world have been uniting in prayer on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. Christian Grandparenting Network would like to invite all praying grandparents to join us again to come before God’s throne of grace, to obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need for our grandchildren and their parents. 

Our grandchildren are back in school so lets make September a month of intentional prayer for our grandchildren, their teachers, and other adult influences, as well as throughout the year. In the past, united prayer has always bridged the gap between a great need and a great awakening! 

We hope thousands of churches and groups around the world will participate in this intentional day of prayer on behalf of the next generation. You could hold an event in your church, in your home, in a retirement complex, or any meeting location of your choice.You may want to host a prayer breakfast or a luncheon following your morning worship. Or you may want to offer an afternoon tea or evening dessert in your home. 

Perhaps your minister is willing to address the importance of praying grandparents and set aside a particular prayer time during the worship service. The possibilities are endless. It is imperative; no matter the format, that grandparents gather to pray for their grandchildren. 

 CGN is happy to provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer. 

The Christian Grandparents Network recognizes the desperate moral and spiritual climate our grandchildren and their parents face today. Our grandchildren face an aggressive attack in media, education, and social influence that is meant to desensitize and destroy their faith in Christ. 

I'm a parent of five children and know the urgency of grandparents praying for my children. I highly recommend you participate in the Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. We're looking for grandparents who believe in the power of prayer to participate in this event. 

Will you help us call grandparents to join in prayer on September 8th? 

To learn more and indicate participation in the movement, or organize a time of prayer for grandparents go to our website HERE You'll see endorsements, testimonials, promotional materials, and free downloads. 

 For additional information, contact Grandparents’ Day of Prayer Coordinator Lillian Penner, at

Lillian Penner is the author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren and is Co-Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network. An avid blogger, Lillian will break into smiles if you ask about her twelve grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. She and her husband, John, live in Portland, Oregon, where they are active in church ministries.

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1 comment:

  1. Welcome to Hungry for God ma'am; and know that I'll be joining you ladies in prayer on this day. Am sharing this message and will encourage my "family of faith" to join in this effort. God's blessings


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