The Unusual Way I Pray for My Grandchildren
“Faithful is He who called you, and He will bring it to pass.” (I Thessalonians 5:24)
If God starts something, He will see it through to the end.
And that’s why I pray the way I do:
Lord, these are your children. They would not exist without Your love. Had you not laid it on my wife’s heart to adopt a foreign child, and later pulled me to the same decision, their mama would still be in Korea and these three granddaughters would never have been born.
Therefore, Lord, I feel a special confidence in interceding on their behalf. They are your responsibility. They were your doing. They are yours.
So, I ask you to watch over them.
The one person who should have watched over them failed miserably and became their worst nightmare. We thank You that he is out of the picture now (and as always we pray for his salvation). But they need you in a huge way.
Help them, Lord.
When God births a project, He has a vested interest in seeing it through to completion. Here’s how Paul put it: “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6).
Did God call you into the ministry? You have every right to return to Him again and again asking for direction and then provision.
Did God send you to that church? You have every right to seek His counsel on how He would like things done in that congregation which He calls His own (Matthew 16:18).
Did God lead you to that person and bless your union? You have every right to drop to your knees repeatedly seeking His blessing upon the marriage, His direction about the family, and His provision for your home.
Did God save you? You are His child. Calling on Him for guidance and blessing and wisdom–and ten thousand other things–is not an intrusion into His plans nor a presumption. It is your right as His child.
My children are not interrupting me to ask my help in doing the very things I have asked of them.
My employees are not bothering me to ask for my assistance or further counsel in the project they are doing for me.
This is the Lord’s work.
We are the Lord’s people.
“He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
So, come on and ask. Ask His blessings. Ask His direction. Ask for provisions.
Let none say of you, “You have not because you ask not.”
Ask and you shall receive.
Publication date: March 16, 2016
Joe McKeever has been a disciple of Jesus Christ more than 65 years, been preaching the gospel more than 55 years, and has been writing and cartooning for Christian publications more than 45 years. He blogs at www.joemckeever.com.