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One of the most important ways we as Christians can bless our Sandwich Generation families – from senior parents to baby grandchildren – is praying for them. When dealing with the various issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family while juggling the schedules of the kids or babysitting grandchildren, that can really keep our minds racing and our bodies running, leaving little energy left to think through exactly what to pray.
That's when those encouraging Bible verses that are also wonderful prayer examples of the disciples, the psalmists, and the prophets really come in handy. Printing them out as well as sending them as texts to our cell phone are great ways to have them handy and ready to use as simple Scripture prayers for your loved ones.
One excellent passage to pray, along with the apostle Paul, is found in Ephesians 1:16-19a:
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
Talk about encouraging and uplifting Scriptures from the Word of God. It thrills me to pray as Paul prayed, and to do so, knowing that one of the wonderful promises of God in the Bible is that,
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15
When we pray this for a beloved, we KNOW we are praying according to His will, thus we KNOW He has heard our prayer, and we KNOW that, in His perfect timing, He will complete that which He has started.
Today, as you go about your busy day of caring for elderly parents, teaching and encouraging your children or babysitting your grandchlldren, and heading for church to worship God, know that I have prayed this prayer for you and for myself as well. And KNOW that God is watching over you and loving you. Have a blessed Spiritual Sunday here and at the other sites that are linked up to share encouraging and comforting Bible verses and praise and worship hymn songs with each of us in the Sandwich Generation.