In his book “Fearless” Max Lucado writes, “Prayer is the saucer into which parental fears are poured to cool. Jesus says so little about our parenting, makes no comments about spanking, breast-feeding, sibling rivalry, or schooling. Yet his actions speak volumes about prayer. . . Bring your children to me. Raise them in a greenhouse of prayer.” ¹
A greenhouse is a glass structure for the growing of tender plants letting in the warmth of the sun to keep the tender plants warm and safe. Just so, the lives of grandparents can reflect the love of God’s Son, Jesus on the lives of their grandchildren. Praying they will grow strong, developing godly character, as they are being watered with God’s Word.
Parents and grandparents cannot protect their children from every threat that comes into their lives. However if we are believers in Jesus Christ we have one to which we can take each need into the greenhouse of prayer. If we don’t know how to pray for them, we can ask them how they would like us to pray for them or be in communication with their parents about their needs.
In the wintertime, we often place our plants in a greenhouse to protect them from the severe cold weather. When the storms of life are hitting our grandchildren, they need a “greenhouse of prayer” for protection from the evil one who is seeking to destroy their faith.
In Proverbs we read “God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.” ² Pray for your grandchildren’s parents to be God-loyal trustworthy, living honest lives, having wisdom to teach them to develop godly character. It is easier to teach children godly character when they are young than when they grow older.
Take your grandchildren to a safe warm place, the “greenhouse of prayer” every day so they will grow to be strong godly men and women.
Next week I will share with you an introduction to the Grandparents @ Prayer intercessory prayer ministry, which you will not want to miss.
¹ Max Lucado, Fearless, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing, 2009), p. 60.
²Proverbs 20:7 (MSG)