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Do you have a Spiritual Trust Fund for your Family?

We may not have financial wealth to pass on to our children, grandchildren, and future descendants. However, author Jennifer Kennedy Dean shares in her book, The Legacy of Prayer, about a spiritual trust fund that will only increase in value. She writes, “We can leave behind for our descendants a spiritual trust that can never be stolen, squandered, or lost. We can lay up a storehouse of imperishable wealth by praying for our grandchildren and future generations. Our prayers are deposits in their spiritual trust fund and will be for withdrawals when needed.” 


Our descendants do not inherit salvation. Nevertheless, we can pray our descendants will live in a constant awareness of God’s presence. Be firmly established in His Word, which will prepare their hearts for the time when they are presented an opportunity to step into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.    

We read in Proverbs 14:26, “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” Jennifer Kennedy Dean also says, “As we seek the Lord ourselves, we are laying up treasures for future generations by the way God is reflected in our lives. As we invest in our own walk with the Lord and our prayers for our grandchildren and future generations, we are investing in eternity.”2 Now that is a great investment return all of us would enjoy seeing.    

I am happy to have the opportunity to invest in a Spiritual Trust Fund for each of my grandchildren, and now my two great-granddaughters. 

Let’s make Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 7 a day of investing prayers in the lives of our grandchildren, their parents and future generations. Help us promote this event by forwarding this blog to your friends and sharing it with your friends on Facebook.

I feel like God is waiting for us, as grandparents to unite in prayer to keep our grandchildren from falling captive to the enemy’s deception in the world they are living. I often hear grandparents say, “I may not be around very long, but I am really concerned about the future for my grandchildren.” That statement reminds me of the urgency of developing a spiritual trust fund filled with prayer for my grandchildren.   

Will you invite a group of grandparents to join you or commit to deliberately pray alone on September 7 for your dear grandchildren and their parents.

The greatest gift we can give our children, grandchildren and future generations 

is the legacy of a praying grandparent.

By Lillian Penner

National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network,

1. Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Legacy of Prayer Birmingham, New Hope Publishers,  p. 15.

2. Ibid p.48-49

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Comment by Lillian Penner on October 31, 2014 at 6:45pm


Thank you for your encouraging and lovely post. Would you mind if I share your comment about your praying grandmother on my Grandparenting with a purpose Facebook page? I would not give your name unless I have your permission. I would just say a friend recently shared with me the following. 

I note you live in Portland, as I do.


Lillian Peenner

Comment by Sheryl Helms on October 30, 2014 at 7:51am
Thank you for this post. My grandma lived 20 years longer than the doctors thought she would. I really think it was because she was an intercessor. When she was told that she would die because of her lifestyle, she left her life of drinking and gambling and purposed to use whatever time she had left to begin investing in eternity. She definitely left a legacy to her grandchildren that continues to be felt even to this day. Our family today is an amazing example of the legacy of a praying grandparent.


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