As a child Grandpa taught me how to love God, love family, and love others in action not just in words. Grandma taught me to love God’s Word and to love prayer. The combination of their influence greatly impacted my life and made me who I am today. If I had not learned to love God, His Word, and prayer I would have never learned how to love people. I’d like to focus on prayer with you for the purposes of this post. There are three ways that your prayer life can impact the lives of your grandchildren from early on.
Pray for them.
My Grandma prayed aloud often. Almost as much as she sang to God she prayed to God. We all knew when she’d take her pocketbook and a glass of Coca Cola and go upstairs. That meant she was headed in her room to pray for us. She ended her day as she had begun—in the presence of God.
Let them hear you pray.
I’d often listen outside the bedroom door as Grandma prayed. It sounded as if she was having a real conversation with another person. And she was. God is real. She’d often call me in to the room to kneel down at the side of the bed and join her in prayer to our Heavenly Father.
Involve them in your prayer time.
Grandma didn’t do all the praying. She’d often say, “Lisa, you pray now and share your heart.” We’d hold hands and I’d close my eyes and pray from my heart. I could almost feel God in the room. He was. Grandma would close praying the foundational scripture of her life that later became mine: Psalm 27:13-14 (KJV) I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. This passage changed my life as it helped me to truly believe God would always make a way in every situation and He has.
In these three ways my Grandma shaped my life from an early age and it has lasted to this day in how I raised my children and now as I arrive at 50 years old I am praying for my grandchildren, letting them hear me pray for their needs and involving them in the prayer time. The legacy continues.
In what ways do you teach your grandchildren to grow in a prayer-relationship with God?
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the
goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 27:13-14 (KJV)
By Pastor Lisa Shaw
Wife to Pastor Peter, Grandma to 2 sisters
1C13P Team Member
Bible Teacher, Speaker, Radio Host, Mentor/Coach
Author of You Are Beautiful in God’s Eyes
Founder of the teaching ministry: Lisa Shaw Cares