A Prayer of Protection for Grandkids

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by Kay Swatkowski

Here is a sneak peek at my Grandmother’s Prayer Guide entitled A Grandmother’s Prayers: 60 Days of Devotions and Prayer

from Miranda

Day Four: The Shadow of Protection

Our safe place is not where we live, but in whom we live.

—Tom White

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

—Psalm 91:1

It was a hot Fourth of July in 2001. I soaked my hot, tired feet in the ice-cold water of the kiddy pool, while our eighteen-month-old, sunblock-coated grandson, Kevin, splashed and played there. As I watched him, I was amused to see our adult son, Jonathan, circiling Kevin in the little pool like a hawk.

Later, as we recalled the day’s events, Jon explained his unusual behavior. “I was casting a shadow so Kevin wouldn’t get sunburned.”

Less than three weeks before, our son-in-law—Kevin’s daddy—had lost his life in a motorcycle accident. Over those three weeks, we had grieved and prayed continually for God’s protection and care for our daughter, granddaughter, and grandson.

Jonathan’s words were a vivid picture of Psalm 91:1. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

When we are facing the most difficult moments of life and seek our shelter in God, He casts a shadow over our lives, protecting us from the things that would harm us most. Much of the time, we are as unaware of His loving presence and protection as Kevin was of his uncle’s love and care. Yet God is always present, circling our lives, intently watching, caring, and inviting us to rest in the shadow He provides.

Every devoted parent and grandparent prays for God’s protection and care for their children. Concerns for their health, safety, and future keep us up at night. As we pace the floor, we wrestle with how little power we have to protect them from disappointments and harm.

Prayer is the best answer for our concerns. As we pray, let us remember Psalm 91 and God’s promise to hide us and our grandchildren in the shadow of His wings.

My prayer is that my grandchildren will seek protection in the shadow of His wings.

 

Let Us Pray That . . .

+our grandchildren will choose to run to God for safety (Proverbs 18:2).

+God will provide protection and shelter for each of our grandchildren (Psalm 5:11).

+our grandchildren will find emotional and spiritual rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 36:7).

+our grandchildren will consistently turn to God alone for refuge and safety (Psalm 2:12).

+we will be examples of people who turn to God for safety and security.

+we will find natural opportunities to share stories of ways God has cared for us personally, even when we were unaware (Psalm 66:16).

 

Loving Protector,

You are our refuge and shield. You are our hiding place and strong tower. When we face danger, we run to you for safety.Thank you for the protection you have given to our family day after day. My prayer, dear Lord, is that my grandchildren will turn to you alone for protection and care. I ask that their hearts would find peace and rest as they run to you for refuge and shelter. Hide them in the shadow of your wing. Amen.

 

Think and Do

> Read Psalm 121:1–2. Where does your help come from?

> Do you have stories of God’s protection and care for you? Do you have a story of ways God’s presence strengthened you and helped at a moment of grief or loss?

> Are there stories you can share of God’s protection for your grandchildren that they may have been too young to remember?

> Read the children’s book God Is with You by Larry Libby to reinforce the concept of God’s care in your grandchild’s daily life.

> Suggest that your grandchildren help you choose a family verse that talks of God’s love and care. Allow them to use their creativity and imagination to illustrate this verse. Have it framed, and allow the children to decide where to hang it in your home.

 

Would you like to read more?  Check out the entire book by going to www.dhp.org/grandma

or at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/qyx9yeu

from Miranda




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