Grandparents’ Day of Prayer is coming up September 13. It’s a good day to remember the impact of faithful prayer for grandchildren and to join with others to actually pray. You can learn more at the Grandparenting with a Purpose website.
Grandparenting with a Purpose is a book and ministry of Lilllian Penner, and her site offers lots of prayer tips for grandparents.
You also can keep up with Lillian on her Facebook page,
Throughout each year, I try to pray often for my grandchildren, something like this:
Thank you for my grandchildren! May they know and walk in your Word, and may it prepare them to choose Jesus early in their lives. May they follow him all the days of their lives.
Give them discernment as they grow, and spare them experimentation that would pull them away from you. Help them stand. But when they do fall, as they will, may they quickly and gladly receive your forgiveness and mercy and go forward again.
May they always shine brightly for you. Give them large, loving hearts. Guide them as they develop and use the abilities and talents you’ve placed in them for the good of the world. May they love your church and learn to use their spiritual gifts for the good of the Body.
Keep them healthy and strong. Protect them every day by your power and by the wisdom of your Word.
Guide their marriage and career decisions. Bless their future spouses.
Bless their parents with your wisdom and mercy too. May they always look to you to know how to live and how to love and raise these precious ones! Amen.
This year we’ll have all four of our grandboys (and their moms and dads and one big dog) here in town and at our house with us on this special day.
Which ALSO is the day we’re celebrating my next big birthday. (I will let you guess which one!)
PS. Grandchildren can be big fans of their grandparents too!
- 1 Pray for My Grandsons
- 2 Hail Mary
- 3 Morning Prayers
- 4 Guardian Angel Prayer
- 5 Night prayers
- 6 Prayers before meals
- 7 The Glory Be
- 8 Prayers after meals
- 9 An act of faith
- 10 An act of hope
- 11 Prayer to The Holy Spirit
- 12 An act of charity
- 13 The act of contrition
- 14 Our Father
- 15 The Unusual Way I Pray For My Grandchildren
Pray for My Grandsons
Pray for my grandsons that they make the right choices in life
and that they study hard in order to get a good education.
Please guide Dazan as he starts his first year of
college and away from home.
Dear Jesus, protect him and help him with school.
I also pray that he comes back home
to visit with his family that loves him unconditionally.
Dear Jesus, guide him today. Thank you Jesus.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace,
The Lord Is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus;
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners … now,
And at the hour of our death.
Father in Heaven, You love me.
You are with me night and day.
I want to love you always, In all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father.
Bless me through the day.
Jesus, keep me all this day.
When at school and when at play;
May I do the things I ought,
May I hate each evil thought;
Help me love and trust in Thee
Now and through eternity.
I thank Thee, Lord, for sleep and rest,
For all the things that I love best,
Now guide me through another day
And bless my work and bless my play.
Lord, make me strong for noble ends,
Protect and bless my loving friends;
Of all mankind good Christians make.
All this I ask for Jesus’ sake.
Guardian Angel Prayer
O Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day, be at my side
to light, to guard, to rule, to guide.
Now the light has gone away;
Jesus, listen while I pray.
Asking Thee to watch and keep
And to send me peaceful sleep.
Jesus, Saviour, wash away
All that has been wrong today;
Help me each and every day to be
Good and gentle, more like Thee.
Let my near and dear ones be
Always near and dear to Thee.
O bring me and all I love
To Thy happy home above.
l praise to Thee, my God, this night
For all the blessings of the light:
O Keep me, keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.
Angels bless and angels keep,
Angels guard me while I sleep.
Bless my heart and bless my home,
Bless my spirit as I roam.
Guide and guard me through the night,
and wake me with the morning’s light.
Prayers before meals
Bless us, O Lord,
And these, thy gifts,
Which of thy bounty,
We are about to receive
Through Christ, Our Lord,
For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For faith in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk alone;
We give you thanks, O Lord.
We thank you, Father God, for the love that binds us, for the food that nourishes us, and for your giving of your Son into our world to save us.
The Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Prayers after meals
Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.
Thank you, God, for all our friends.
Thank you, God, for everything.
Accept, O Lord, our thankful praises,
For all Thy goodness did bestow;
May it increase our faith and lead us,
Our praise by godly lives to show;
That every deed and word may prove
We trust and own our Father’s love.
Almighty God, We give You thanks for all Your benefits goodness and graces, which we have received through Christ Our Lord.
An act of faith
O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
An act of hope
O my God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
Prayer to The Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, ﬁll the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit, you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit, help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.We ask this through Christ our Lord.
An act of charity
O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
The act of contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. And I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven, and the pains of Hell but,most of all, because I love Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.
Our Father, who art In heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass Against us
And Lead us not Into temptation
But deliver us from evil
Colossians 1:9-12 “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” NKV
The following suggestions might be for older grandchildren, late grade school or high school.
- Be persistent in praying.
- I pray (grandchild’s name) will have a relationship with God.
- I pray _______will see things from God’s point of view.
- I pray _________will have a life time of walking with Jesus.
- I pray _____________will have a desire to please God.
- I pray __________will come to realize that Jesus is the vine and he (she) is a branch.
- I pray ___________ will realize his (her) weakness and look to Jesus for His strength.
- I pray __________ will give up all and live for Jesus only.
- I pray_________ will seek the Holy Spirit to fill him (her) with God’s love so when the trials and troubles come he (she) will have patience and longsuffering to see him (her) through.
- I pray ______________ will have joy that comes from abiding in Jesus.
- I pray __________ will have a thankful heart for all spiritual blessings.
- I pray ______ will keep on this journey leading to his (her) eternal home in heaven.
The Unusual Way I Pray For My Grandchildren
By Dr. Joe McKeever
Dr. Joe McKeever has a special way of praying for his grandchildren. Some may even call it unusual. But he has a very specific reason for praying the way he does. And after hearing why, you may just want to start using his prayer too!
“Faithful is He who called you, and He will bring it to pass.” (I Thessalonians 5:24)
If God starts something, He will see it through to the end.
And that’s why I pray the way I do:
Lord, these are your children. They would not exist without Your love. Had you not laid it on my wife’s heart to adopt a foreign child, and later pulled me to the same decision, their mama would still be in Korea and these three granddaughters would never have been born.
Therefore, Lord, I feel a special confidence in interceding on their behalf. They are your responsibility. They were your doing. They are yours.
So, I ask you to watch over them.
The one person who should have watched over them failed miserably and became their worst nightmare. We thank You that he is out of the picture now (and as always we pray for his salvation). But they need you in a huge way.
Help them, Lord.
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We Can All Pray This Way
When God births a project, He has a vested interest in seeing it through to completion. Here’s how Paul put it: “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6).
Did God call you into the ministry? You have every right to return to Him again and again asking for direction and then provision.
Did God send you to that church? You have every right to seek His counsel on how He would like things done in that congregation which He calls His own (Matthew 16:18).
Did God lead you to that person and bless your union? You have every right to drop to your knees repeatedly seeking His blessing upon the marriage, His direction about the family, and His provision for your home.
Did God save you? You are His child. Calling on Him for guidance and blessing and wisdom–and ten thousand other things–is not an intrusion into His plans nor a presumption. It is your right as His child.
My children are not interrupting me to ask my help in doing the very things I have asked of them.
My employees are not bothering me to ask for my assistance or further counsel in the project they are doing for me.
This is the Lord’s work.
We are the Lord’s people.
“He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
So, come on and ask. Ask His blessings. Ask His direction. Ask for provisions.
Let none say of you, “You have not because you ask not.”
Ask and you shall receive.
Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and the Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Visit him at joemckeever.com/mt.
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