Grandparent with a Purpose
You may have noticed that Christian Grandparenting Network has a passion to encourage and equip grandparents to pray for their grandchildren. Our mission is to challenge grandparents around the world to intentionally and regularly come together to pray, interceding for their grandchildren, children and communities. In the Pray! Magazine, Arlyn Lawrence writes, “Intercession is one of the ways God designed for us to partner with Him in bringing His loving presence into our aching world.”1
Therefore, we have organized “Grandparents@Prayer” (G@P) intercessory prayer groups. Our goal is to encourage grandparents to be prayer warriors through the personal discipline of intercessory prayer in the battle against the enemy. We encourage grandparents to meet together in small or large groups on a regular basis to unite in prayer at a designated location for 1 hour or so of guided prayer and fellowship.
In Isaiah 58:6 we read that we can “loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke” in our world. One of the ways we can break these chains is by “standing in the gap” for our dear grandchildren. We can unite in prayer for the chains of the enemy to be loosed and to break every yoke that tries to entangle the students and their families.
We now have at least twenty-five G@P intercessory groups meeting through out the United States in retirement centers, schools, churches, and homes. Some of the groups meet weekly, some twice a month or once a month, whatever the group desires.
My challenge to you is to start a Grandparents@Prayer group in your area. I am happy to report that a couple of G@P intercessory prayer groups have been birthed because of the Grandparents Day of Prayer. Invite other grandparents you know to join you and form a group to intercede for the next generations. Ask your friends, church senior group, neighbors, family members or whomever to join you. If you are interested I will be happy to send you helpful guidelines and resources to help you get started, just go to the Prayer link on this website and sign up for information for the G@P intercessory prayer group.
The legacy of a praying grandparent will live on forever.
1 Arlyn Larwrence, “It’s Not Just Who You Are-It’s Who You Know”, Pray! Magazine, Nov/Dec 2008, p.20. Colorado Springs, CO
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National Prayer Coordinator
Lillian Ann Penner is the author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, speaker, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network, directing the Grandparents@Prayer groups. She and her husband, John, have been married over 50 years and currently reside in Portland, OR. They have three married sons and nine grandchildren, who are the love of their life.
Lillian has been active in church ministry for over 50 years, led a mentoring ministry for women, participated in short term mission’s trip in Ukraine, and volunteered with several Christian ministries. Currently, she is involved in the leadership of a women’s Bible study and the 55+ group in her church. She blogs on several websites, as well as her own on (www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com).