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Grandma, I Need Your Prayers: Blessing Your Grandchildren Through the Power of Prayer

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Praying God s Blessings on Your Grandchildren Whether they live a continent away or just down the street, your grandchildren need your prayers. By praying for them regularly, you can have an enormous influence on their spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. Even children who are reared in a Christian home need someone to pray for them, and who can do it better than a grandma? Grandma, I Need Your Prayers is an easy-to-use guide for prayer that will encourage you with practical help and motivate you with wonderful stories of answered prayers. It will show you how to pray strategically and specifically for grandchildren of any age. Topics include praying for: Their homes Their friends Their safety Their schools Their character development Their relationship with God Prodigal grandchildren Unborn grandchildren . . . and more Each chapter contains Bible passages and prayers related to the topic of the chapter so that you can begin praying for the needs of those you love. This book will help you give your grandchildren one of the most precious gifts they will ever receive--the legacy of a praying grandmother."

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  • SKU: 9780310240266
  • UPC: 025986240264
  • SKU10: 0310240263
  • Title: Grandma, I Need Your Prayers: Blessing Your Grandchildren Through the Power of Prayer
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  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Date Published: Jan 2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Weight lbs: 0.65
  • Dimensions: 8.50" L x 5.50" W x 0.60" H
  • Features: Price on Product
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical; Sex & Gender | Feminine; Topical | Family;
  • Category: FAMILY CONCERNS
  • Subject: Prayer
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Chapter Excerpt


Chapter One

A Grandmother's Spiritual Influence

I constantly remember you in my prayers I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. -2 Timothy 1:3, 5

When grandmothers are missing from a society, that society loses its link to the wisdom of the past and the traditions that make the tribe able to reflect on itself Being a grandmother is a constant learning and teaching experience, because as grandmothers, women must learn to apply yesterday's wisdom to today's challenges. -Kristen Johnson Ingram, I'll Ask My Grandmother-She's Very Wise

Mom, you're going to be a grandmother!"

When you first hear these words, the prospect of seeing a new generation raised up ignites hope, love, and purpose in your life. A grand opportunity awaits you to immediately begin praying for the spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of your grandchild.

Perhaps you're wondering whether your prayers can actually make a difference in your grandchild's life. I (Quin) had an encounter one day that reminded me how much of a difference a grandmother's prayers can make.

"She Was Always Praying for Me"

"I'll bet you had a praying grandmother," I said to the professional basketball player I'd been chatting with while we were waiting in the Atlanta airport for our flight to be called.

"I did, but how did you know?" he asked, looking surprised.

"While we've been talking, you mentioned her several times and spoke about how much you love and admire her," I answered.

"Yes," he said softly, dropping his head. "When my mom left, my grandmother took me in to live with her. Through all those years, she prayed for me and encouraged me in every sport I ever tried. She always told me I could become a professional athlete if I set a goal, practiced for hours, and depended on God to strengthen me."

"And it looks like some of those prayers have been answered," I replied.

"She was always praying for me," he continued with a smile. "I could call her from anywhere I was playing a game, and she'd pray on the phone for me right then. She was a wonderful grandmother-old now but still praying."

What a tribute to a quiet little grandmother who poured her life and prayers into an abandoned grandson, never dreaming he would one day become a well-known athlete. And what an encouragement to praying grandmothers that their efforts are not in vain!

When the apostle Paul wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy (in the verse quoted at the beginning of this chapter), he acknowledged-for all generations to follow-the powerful influence of a godly grandmother. In this book, we hope to expand your vision to see just how far-reaching your spiritual influence upon your grandchildren can be. Keeping a heart connection with them is the important thing, whether they live close to you or many miles distant. We'll share creative ideas through stories of other grandmothers to show you how. Also, we'll provide guidelines to help you establish a scriptural strategy for praying for your grandchildren.

Impacting the Next Generation

Most grandmothers probably have given their best years to rearing their children. They've sacrificed, worried, scolded, and encouraged-and through it all prayed that God would keep their children safe and help them become mature adults. As author Barbara Johnson says, "We're always hoping that something we instilled in them might show up, even when we've started to think it's too late."

Some, feeling their work is now over, may sigh with relief when their children leave home and later start families of their own. Others may be tempted to spend their best energy pursuing a relaxing lifestyle filled with travel and hobbies. A few may feel a bit depressed, wondering why they seem to have no purpose now that their children are out of the nest. Whatever our situation, God still has more kingdom work for us moms to do, especially when it comes to our grandchildren.

Even if you don't yet have any, it's never too early to begin praying for your grandchildren. Whether a child is in the womb or is only a dream, you can influence your future grandchildren for good through your prayers. They are our link to the future, and our faithfulness to pray for them can greatly impact this new generation.

With the pressure on families today, grandchildren need our hugs, reassurance, and wisdom more than ever. And most of all, they need our prayers and godly influence. Grandmothers usually are fond of giving gifts to their grandchildren, but the greatest and most lasting gift they can give is one of faithful prayer. Many children have no one except a grandma to pray for them.

"What Grandma Meant to Me"

When we asked people to share what a grandmother's spiritual influence has meant in their lives, we got a variety of answers.

"My grandmother gave me a sense of security and stability and taught me many practical things. Because my mom was a teenager when I was born, she was too young and immature to add that dimension to my life."

"Granny was my hero; she always remembered my birthday and other special moments in my life. But most of all, she prayed for me."

"My grandmother read my favorite stories to me over and over; then I'd let her read me her favorite ones from her well-worn Bible."

"Grandma Jessie had twelve children and helped manage a farm for much of her life, yet she always seemed calm and serene. I never saw her get upset or raise her voice. She left me with an enduring sense that whatever comes, faith in God remains imperturbable. Nothing ever wins against it."

"My great-grandmother's prayers have followed me from the day I was born. Like a heavenly searchlight, her prayers have exposed darkness in my life."

"I remember Friday nights at Mammaw's home and her tucking me into a feather bed as she prayed over me. Then came Saturday morning in her busy kitchen, when she made and sold tuna sandwiches and homemade pies to have extra money for an offering to the church. She was my first prayer partner, and remembering the intimacy she had with the Lord has given me the security to know he is there for me when I call."

"Grandma Bea treats me like the age I am and doesn't talk down to me."

"My grandmother didn't live nearby, but she wrote me many letters. Every one of them ended with, 'Stay close to the Lord; he's coming soon.' I was-and still am-enamored with heaven because of her letters."

"Grandma MuMu could not communicate well in English, but I loved hearing her sing her beloved Finnish hymns and watching her read her large Bible at the dining table. I saw her life as a book; I read from her and learned the value of her beautiful character, compassion, and godliness."

"I never knew my grandmothers, but God has placed women in my life who have shown me the power of a praying grandmother and who have been examples to me."

"I can still 'see' every nook and cranny of Grandma John's house. I knew I could always go there-a safe place where I was totally accepted. She played the piano and sang hymns when I visited her, giving me a love for hymns that I still have today and have tried to pass on to my own children and grandchildren. Wholeness and a love for life are what she taught me; she had an awe and reverence for God and all his creation that she passed on to me."

I (Ruthanne) usually saw my Grandma McBee only at reunions of my mom's family, except for one summer when I stayed with her and Grandpa for two weeks. My strongest memory of her is how she loved to read her Bible and prepare lessons for the Sunday school class of boys she taught. When I think of her, I picture a stooped little woman in a faded apron and cotton dress, sitting in a rocking chair reading by dim lamplight. In later years, I was amazed to learn that famous baseball player Mickey Mantle had often visited her Sunday school class with a boyhood friend.

My husband, John, had a very different experience with his maternal grandmother, who was the daughter of Irish immigrants. He shares his story.

"Her Anchor Was Prayer"

"My first clear memories of Grandmom Trotter, as we called my mother's mom, are of her visit with us in Colorado Springs, where my father was a pastor. I was five years old. 'How old are you, Grandmom?' I asked her one day. After extracting a promise that I wouldn't tell anyone, she told me she was sixty-six, an age which seemed to me ancient at the time. When I was eleven years old, I got to know my grandmother better than most people ever have the chance to experience.

"My younger sister, Ruth, and I had been sent back to the United States from West Africa for health reasons. We lived with Grandmom in a small, shabby frame house in New Jersey while my parents were finishing the last year of their four-year term as missionaries in the northern territories of Ghana.

"During that year I became really aware of Grandmom's deep faith, her love of the Bible, and her discipline of prayer. She faithfully maintained daily 'family devotions' for the three of us and often spoke earnestly of spiritual things. I learned from her that prayer is central, not auxiliary, for a Christian. Also, my first experience of telling others about Jesus came that year as I led several neighbor children to accept him as Lord.

"Grandmom was used to austerity and knew how to make do with very little. We grew potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and cabbage next to our little house, which was heated by a coal furnace in the basement. A block of ice in an icebox kept our milk cool. Cooking was done on a coal stove. Grandmom was sober, sometimes

Essential Prayer Keys

Years ago while attending a writer's conference, I (Quin) sat across the dinner table from Catherine Marshall, whom I had long admired. Knowing her reputation as an author and also as a praying mother, I asked her, "Can you give me some advice on how to pray more effectively for my three children?"

"Be as specific in your prayers as you can, and plant waiting prayers for your children's future," she advised. Then she asked, "When you pray, do you really expect anything to happen?"

I pondered that question. Do I really expect anything to happen when I pray? I can tell you now that without a doubt, I do!

I not only listened to her advice, but I went home to dig through the Bible to read everything I could find on prayer as I endeavored to pray for my children-and see results. Now many years later, I use these same biblical principles in praying for my grandchildren. Though I share here some things I do in my private prayer times, I'm sure you can add to this list.

Be specific. I pray practical but specific prayers for my grandchildren. I base this on a parable Jesus told about a man who wakes up his friend at midnight to ask for exactly three loaves of bread for his unexpected company (see Luke 11:5).

Be persistent. The man in the parable knocks continuously until his friend gets out of bed to answer his request. This isn't saying that prayers are needed to overcome God's reluctance to answer. Rather, this parable encourages us to be bold and persistent when we pray. Jesus said to ask, seek, knock-a continuous asking, seeking, knocking (see Luke 11:8-10). I find myself in persistent prayer until I see a resolution to my grandchild's situation.

Be in agreement. I usually ask a prayer partner (my husband, a close friend, or a prayer support team) to pray in agreement with me concerning a pressing need. Jesus gives us the basis for prayers of agreement (see Matt. 18:19-20). For seventeen years I prayed with another mother on the phone for five minutes a day, five days a week. We were just two mothers concerned about our children's welfare, both spiritual and physical. Because that was such a positive experience, when I became a grandmother I began praying with grandmother friends. We pray for each other's grandchildren regularly, again by phone. Sometimes I contact them by e-mail when there is a crisis such as a grandchild in the hospital.

Be Bible based. As we get better acquainted with the Bible, we grow to know God better and to understand how to pray in accordance with his will. We learn what he says about salvation, health, family values, the abundant life on earth, and heaven's promises. I often find a Bible verse I can turn into a prayer for the need of a grandchild. The Psalms are a good place to start with Scripture prayers.

Be open to the Holy Spirit. After ascending to heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us pray what is on God's heart. Whatever our grandchildren's circumstances or crises, we invite the Holy Spirit to show us how to pray. Sometimes we may find ourselves praying things we could never have "thought up" on our own (see Rom. 8:26-27).

Be submitted to God's plan. We should never presume God is going to answer according to our preconceived ideas or in our desired timeframe. Presumption means assuming God will answer me in the way I envision and in my timetable. Faith, on the other hand, is a supernatural ability to trust God when he has spoken to my heart, trusting him to fulfill his will in his time and in his way. Often this "inner trust" or faith level comes after time spent in prayer, listening and waiting on him.

Be thankful. Present prayer requests to God with thanksgiving, thanking him in advance for answering your prayer his way (see Phil. 4:6).

Be willing to fast. Those serious enough to abstain from food have found fasting and prayer often yield one or more of these results: direction and answers from God, a deeper understanding of Scripture, a closer walk with God, a humbling of oneself, a healing, or even a deliverance. If you have a physical problem or are on medications, be careful about the type of fast you undertake. There are other things besides food we can give up to concentrate on a prayer project.

Trust him always. When it seems that our grandchildren are in a hopeless situation, we can admit that "we have no power . [nor do we] know what to do, but our eyes are upon you" (2 Chron. 20:12). We don't know how or when our answer to prayer is coming, but we praise him for his loving-kindness and mercy.

Continues.

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