3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Titus 2:3
Paul’s counsel to Titus regarding older women is quite different than his counsel regarding older men. But older women are important in the Kingdom of God. They have a lot to offer the younger generation if they’re willing to listen. They, like older men, can be as feisty and stubborn but they can be also very wise.
I’m fortunate to have had at least one older woman praying for me through my high school years and beyond. I’m not really sure where I’d be without her praying for me. Was I just one on her list or did she take a special interest in me because I lived close by and was friendly, or did she have a list of dozens that she prayed for regularly? I’ll never know.
You don’t even have to be elderly to pray someone into the kingdom. I think Mrs. Houser saw me as someone who was going astray, so she took the initiative to pray. You probably know a few people who are also going astray. They need your prayers now and ten years from now. You and I have the ability to affect change in someone’s life today but the Holy Spirit has to do the work in that person’s life. What’s interesting is that even after I became a Christian, the dear woman of God continued to pray for me, and this time her prayers were very different.