Our grandchildren live in challenging times
by Lillian Penner
Published on May 25, 2023

Our grandchildren live in challenging times

by Lillian Penner

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  Isaiah 60:1-2

What is the position we are to take?  I believe it’s a position on our knees as we humble ourselves, seek God’s face, repent of our sin, and intercede for our nation. Then having done all, we stand firm in our faith that God has heard and will answer our prayer. 

Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules. Today, our children are facing social challenges we would never have dreamed of in our younger years or even when many of us were raising our children.

We are living in challenging times in a cultural war, as our world is sinking further into moral and spiritual depravity. Our grandchildren have immediate access to information and images with the use of the computer, tablets and cell phones.   

The media-driven culture is desensitizing our grandchildren and their parents and their role models are disappointing them. God is being pushed to the perimeter of our culture at a time when we really need Him. Most grandparents fear for the future of their children and grandchildren, living in these crucial unstable times, which is why we need to intentionally pray for them.

However, David writes in Psalm 119:9, “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying God’s word and following its rules.” Let’s pray our grandchildren will learn God’s word so they will know how to live their lives in our fragmented and deceitful culture in which we live today.

The Barna Research has written an article about the pornography that is rapidly growing among our youth. I would encourage you to read this article so you will be able to know how to pray for your grandchildren and their parents living in our sexual culture . [1]

Just as Esther intentionally prayed for the lives of her people the Israelites to be spared from physical death, we can pray our grandchildren to be saved spiritually.

  1. Barna Research on Teens, young adults, and Pornography [2]

Lillian Penner is the author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren in English and Spanish. She is on staff with the Christian Grandparenting Network prayer ministry, developing prayer cards, grandparents@Prayer groups, and the Grandparenting Day of Prayer. She has a passion for praying intentionally for her grandchildren and desires to share that passion with other grandparents. An avid blogger, Lillian breaks into smiles if you ask about her thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She and her husband, John, live in Portland, Oregon, where they are active in church ministries. They were both raised in Christian homes and desire to pass their godly heritage to their future generations. She and her husband enjoy traveling, Southern Gospel music but most of all, enjoy spending time with their family.

Feature Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash


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