Do you believe God has a Design for Grandparents?
by Lillian Penner
Published on June 10, 2024

Do you believe God has a Design for Grandparents?

It is God’s design for grandparents to pass their faith to multiple generations. Just as David was chosen for his generation, God has chosen grandparents for their next generation. We read in Acts 16:36, “David served God’s purpose in his generation.”  

Today’s design for grandparents

Moses told the Israelites, “Only be careful and watch yourselves closely not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9) Today grandparents have the same design for their grandparenting role.

Asaph also gives us directions in Psalm 78:1-8.

O, my people listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I say, for I will speak to you in a parable.

I will teach you hidden lessons from our past— stories we have heard and known stories our ancestors handed down to us.

We will not hide these truths from our children. We will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.

He issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel.

He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children so the next generation might know them, even the children not yet born—and they, in turn, will teach their children. So, each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

Then they will not be like their ancestors—stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God. New Living Translation (NLT)

God’s design for grandparenting is two-fold to teach HOPE in God and OBEDIENCE.

Our walk must match my talk

Our grandchildren watch and listen to see if our life choices match our stated convictions. How we live our lives is a powerful example to our families. The best gifts we can give our families are not expensive luxuries but a good name. Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is better than wealth.” If we nurture our relationship with our children and grandchildren, we will speak into their lives and help shape their hearts.

Can grandparents make a difference?

Grandparents can make a difference. Grandparents can help their grandchildren navigate the rapid culture shift we are experiencing. The enemy is undermining God’s design for our grandchildren by filling our headlines, and social media feeds with a worldview. However, God has begun a powerful movement to awaken Christian grandparents to impact the next generation spiritually.  

God chose us for our specific children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We are not living in past generations or future generations. We are living in this present generation with God’s purpose. He gave us an instruction book, God’s Word, to follow.

My husband and I were chosen for this generation, our three sons, three daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren, their spouses, and five great-granddaughters to love, cherish, pray for them, and encourage them to follow Jesus. He has chosen you for your family. 

Study Guide

For personal reflection or group discussion

    1. Ask yourself, what is God’s purpose for me in my family?
    2. Ask God how you want me to fulfill your purpose for my generation. 
    3. Are my grandchildren watching my walk with the Lord?
    4. Is my walk with the Lord what I want my grandchildren to follow?
    5. How am I teaching my grandchildren to live in obedience to God’s Word?
    6. Will my grandchildren want my Jesus?

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1

“In everything, set an example by doing what is good.”Titus 2:7

“Set an example for the believers in speech, life, love, and purity.” I Timothy 4:12b

PS: This blog is taken from the new book Revised & Expanded” Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren. It is available on this website at a discounted price of $15.00, including shipping and handling. Reviews can be found at

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.

Image by Un Dia Mas Para vivir TV from Pixabay

1 Comment

  1. Robert Arthur Marzullo

    It depends on how my day goes with my spouse Lillian (she’s recovering from hand surgery).


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