I published this a year ago. I’ll start a tradition and make it an annual thing and post on every eve of his birthday. Happy Birthday Christian.
Tomorrow is a big day for the Marler Clan. Also a big day for the Bishops.
For tomorrow we welcome in the first grandchild of each family. The first grandson.
It is a time of excitement and celebration. A time of smiles and laughter. A time of kisses, handshakes and congratulations!
It is a day that I have personally looked forward to. The day I finally become a grandfather.
Although I will be new to this job, I have seen others masterfully do it. I’ve seen my own grandfather and also my father with my sons.
I’ve seen friends and family alike dutifully execute the requirements with pleasure.
And tomorrow I start a new phase of my life as a loving grandfather.
As I ponder this responsibility, I wonder everything the job entails.
No doubt love and pride will be the order of the day. Singing his praises and showing his picture will be expected.
Bragging about his looks and athletic prowess are on the horizon.
The occasional babysitting is also a joyful anticipation.
But what else can I do to be a significant figure in this child’s life?
What is the most important thing I can do to ensure protection and a future for my grandchild?
I can pray!
I am convinced that my main responsibility to this child is prayer.
So with the help of God and His Word (and Google), I formulated a prayer using excerpts from the Bible:
May the Spirit of the Lord rest on my grandson—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2)
Thank you, heavenly Father, that you are not willing that my grandson should be lost. I trust that he will become a believer in you. I thank you in advance that he will become a believer in you. I pray that he will be taught by you and that great will be his peace (Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9; Isaiah 54:13).
May he show aptitude for every kind of learning, be well informed and quick to understand. May he have wisdom, very great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore (Daniel 1:4; 1 Kings 4:29).
May my grandson, like Jesus, grow in wisdom (mind) and stature (body), and in favor with God (spiritual) and men (social). May he live a life worthy of you, Lord, and may he please you in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of you (Luke 2:52; Colossians 1:10).
Thank you, Lord, that you will command your angels concerning my grandson and guard him in all his ways (Psalm 91:11).
I pray, Lord, that you will deliver my grandson from wicked and evil people. May you strengthen and protect him from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:2–3).
May your favor, O Lord God, rest upon my grandson; establish the work of his hands for him (Psalm 90:17).
Lord, I thank you that you know the plans you have for my grandson—to prosper him and not to harm him, to give him hope and a future. I pray that my grandson will not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But may his delight be in your word, and may he meditate on it day and night (Jeremiah 29:11;Psalm 1:1–2).
As always, I pray in the authority given to me, In the Name of Jesus Christ!