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March 24, 2017

Praying for Strong Families: Generations

“On our family farm, I had the great privilege of being raised across the dirt road from my grandparents’ home. As a God-honoring couple, the things I learned from them and the shared experiences still deeply speak to my adult life today. Older people are often marginalized in our fast paced, technological society. Spiritually mature older people have so much opportunity to encourage and instruct those following behind them. Psalm 71:18 gives them a direct charge: “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.” There is a responsibility upon our older Holy Spirit led elders to impact these truths. Let’s make sure we grant them ample opportunities to teach and instruct with accountability.” (Lisa Crump)1

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:4; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Ask the Lord to grow seniors’ trust in Him as their lives change and many feel unneeded. May God show them how they can pray and serve in new ways.  Let all the elderly become saved through Jesus the Christ.

  2. May younger men and women seek the counsel of the spiritually mature to teach and hold them accountable.

  3. Intercede for the education of saving financially and preparing to live longer with great programs and insurance.

  4. Pray for families and the church to lead the way in caring for the elderly as God’s intent, with honor and respect for their lives and contributions to generations following them.

  5. Intercede for our nation and this new administration to instill laws and practices that protect and esteem this population appropriately with medical care and programs of good support with honor and respect.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we love our elderly! They are precious to You and should be treated as precious to us, also! They have wisdom and knowledge. They have lived long, fruitful lives where they have had a multitude of life experiences that can help the generations coming after them, if we will just take the time to listen. They have spiritual wisdom, financial wisdom, and relational wisdom. We must make room for them in our families, congregations and in our friendships. May they feel loved and released to impart all that they carry, so that the Body of Christ and the nation are made better. We ask that our government will honor them, as well and provide well for them in their old age. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that the elderly in America will be honored and well-cared for!

1 Learn more about Lisa Crump and The National Day of Prayer here.