We understand that the family was designed by You to give children a moral and ethical foundation, emotional stability and security, and a setting to learn how to relate with others.
However, our society has turned from your ways. There are millions of children growing up in broken or dysfunctional homes. Many of these children enter their adult life lacking moral guides, insecure, emotionally unstable, and unable to relate with others. I know – my children had to navigate their teen years dealing with the divorce of their parents, a fact that still breaks my heart.
In many of these broken homes, both of the birth parents are not around. They may be incarcerated, institutionalized, deceased, or they may simply have abandoned their children. Grandparents have been asked to raise their grandchildren, becoming parents once more. When they expected to be enjoying their retirement years or when their vigor and health are diminishing, they are now asked to parent children through elementary school, middle school, and high school all over again.
There are no doubt many grandparents who have embraced their calling with joy and pleasure. However, there are probably many other grandparents who resent this responsibility and are impatient or bitter with their grandchildren. There may be estrangement with their own child who they consider forced upon them this difficult season of their life.
Once more, pastors around the US are asked to step in and make a difference. They are expected to address and resolve the heartaches and spiritual issues of these grandparents. They are expected to have answers for out-of-control grandchildren. They are expected to have amazing skills to restore estranged relationships.
What a huge task! Is it any wonder that pastors, mortal men and women that they are, can be overwhelmed and feel ill-equipped for the job?
We ask tonight that you give pastors across America special blessings tonight. Empower them. Give them insight and understanding. Create for them divine appointments. Orchestrate interventions and opportunities. We ask that there is one set of grandparents, raising their grandchildren, who this very day will be transformed thanks to the compassion and wisdom of a pastor.