A photo prayer journal is a working document to help grandparents pray intentionally for their grandchildren, whether they live far away or nearby. The photo prayer journal will make praying more meaningful. You will feel more connected when you see the pictures of your grandchildren as you are praying for them. I made my photo prayer journal in a three ring binder with a divider for each grandchild, that way I could redo it each year when they start a new school year.
Instructions for Photo Prayer Journal Profile Sheet
On the profile sheet, place your grandchild’s picture in the designated spot and complete the profile with his/her information.
(Place your grandchild’s picture here.)
Profile Sheet For ____________________
Telephone #: Cell #
Grade in school: School:
(You may have other ideas to add to the profile.)
Instructions for Prayer Concern Sheet
Make a page to record the date, praises, prayer concerns, and the hopes and dreams for your grandchild on which you want to focus your prayers. If desired, choose a scripture from the “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” or the list of “Prayer Suggestions for the Various Life’s Stages” or other suggestions from the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. Record your concerns about their safety, health, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual growth, strength to resist temptations and the deception of the world.
Use your creativity and make the Photo Prayer Journal to meet your needs, these are suggestions to get you started. I use the photo prayer journal only once or twice a week, however, it does make me feel more connected with the grandchildren.
If convenient, take your grandchildren out for a meal or ice cream to ask them for the information needed to fill out the profile sheets, and tell them why you are doing it. You
may also ask them the questions on the telephone, through e-mail, or however you find it convenient. If you are making the journal on the computer, use Print Shop or another program to enhance the pages, inserting your digital pictures, and making as many pages as you need.
I have had a number of grandmothers tell me how they have enjoyed the Photo Prayer Journals.
You may find more creative ideas to help you with your praying for your grandchildren in the book Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren available on this website. http://www.gdptpr.com.
Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network