A Grandpa’s Prayer for his Grandsons

Dear Phoenix (age 3), Judah (almost 3), and Decker (4 weeks),

Following Jesus has been an important part of my life since I was your age.  My grandpa was a pastor who prayed for me and modeled a compelling faith for me. 

As you grow into men, I pray the following for you:

  • That you will always know, no matter what, that God loves you, believes in you, and is proud of you
  • That you will always know, no matter what, that you are God’s beloved son and that he will never give up on you
  • That you will always live in the power and joy of God’s forgiveness given to you through Jesus
  • That you will hear the call of Jesus, first given to you in your baptism, to follow him into good, compelling, honorable, noble manhood
  • That you will discover and use your unique God-given gifts and talents in the cause of Christ—which is to bring grace to the world
  • That you will use and develop the amazing gift of your brain by studying hard and learning all you can, using your growing knowledge wisely
  • That you will learn the importance of good work, fun play, and deep rest
  • That you will commit yourself to taking care of yourself physically
  • That you will choose your friends wisely—and choose friends who bring out the best in you as you bring out the best in them
  • That you would learn to respect yourself and treat others with respect as well
  • That, should you marry, you will marry a woman who shares your faith and heart; that you will treat her as your equal, with dignity and respect…and that your marriage, like my marriage to grandma, will be filled with a life-time of joy
  • That God will even now begin to prepare the heart of your future wife for a lifetime partnership with you (and she may or may not yet be alive!)
  • That you will stay connected to a compelling faith community, serve and support the pastor and staff, and do your part in carrying out its mission (unless of course God calls you to be a pastor—then may you enjoy pastoral ministry as much as I have!)
  • That you will grow to be a man of lavish generosity
  • That I will live up to this invitation from my heart to yours: Follow me, as I follow Jesus.

I love you guys.


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About Tim Wright

I've been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1984, currently serving as the founding pastor of Community of Grace in Peoria, AZ. My wife, Jan and I, were married in 1979. We raised two kids and currently have 3 grandkids. I love to ride my bike, travel, read British Mysteries, and Disneyland. I have written 6 books, including my newest--Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys From Church. My website: www.TimWrightMinistries.org