Are you Standing in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren?
by Lillian Penner
Published on April 8, 2024

Are you Standing in the Gap with Prayer for your Grandchildren?

As I look into 2024, our national and global climate is in turmoilOur world is in a moral and spiritual decline; we are in a battle for the minds and hearts of our dear grandchildren. The enemy is trying to steal their hearts and God’s plans. In addition to attempting to destroy their faith, the enemy is trying to beat the morals of our country, especially the family unit. We must stand in the gap to pray for the spiritual, emotional, and physical protection of our grandchildren and their parents so they do not become victims of our culture. 

For that reason, the mission of the Christian Grandparenting Network is to challenge grandparents around the world to intentionally and regularly come together to pray, interceding for thousands of grandchildren, which will impact their generation and generations to come.

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 regularly meet in small or large groups to unite in prayer at a designated location for 1 hour or so of guided prayer and fellowship. 

Many grandparents have indicated that they appreciate the G@P prayer times because they are safe places to share their heavy hearts with their grandchildren.

In Isaiah 58:6, we read that we can “lose 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, just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when they were physically threatened. Today, grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren as the enemy threatens their spiritual lives.

I have found uniting in prayer with other grandparents for my grandchildren a special blessing. It’s a safe place to share my concerns for my grandchildren and their parents and to know others are praying for me. We now have several G@P intercessory groups meeting in various places worldwide, in retirement Centers, schools, churches, and homes. Some groups meet weekly, twice or once a month, whatever the group desires.  

I want to challenge you to ask God whom He would have you pray with you for each other’s grandchildren. Ask your friends, church senior group, neighbors, family members, or whomever. 

Prayer: Lord, will you set a fire in my heart to pass the baton of truth and pray intentionally for the next generation? In the name of Jesus, Amen

If you are interested, please go to learn more about the G@P intercessory prayer groups.

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. She and her husband enjoy traveling, Southern Gospel music but most of all, enjoy spending time with their family.

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