Grandmas are noted for giving gifts to their grandchildren, but the greatest and most lasting gift you can give is faithful prayer. But if you don’t know where to begin, you might like to try praying Bible verses.
I learned to pray aloud when my friend Lib and I started praying together on the phone for just five minutes each morning at 8:00. We had a total of seven children, and they were our prayer focus. As young moms, we didn’t know much about prayer. So I suggested we paraphrase Scripture by inserting the names of our children and praying verses for them that covered every aspect of their lives.
We prayed together faithfully each weekday for 17 years. We knew the Word was written by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and is full of power and hope. We also knew God said his Word would not return empty (see Isaiah 55:11). So our prayers were based on a solid foundation.
Today I pray for my six grandchildren, again paraphrasing Scriptures or inserting their names in certain verses, just as Lib and I prayed for our children.
For instance, in praying Isaiah 11:2, I ask that my grandchildren will have
the Spirit of the Lord rest on them—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord
Here are some other topics to pray for:
Thank you, heavenly Father, that you are not willing that any of my grandchildren should be lost. I trust that each one will become a believer in you. I thank you in advance that they will become believers in you. I pray that they will be taught by you and that great will be their peace (see Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9; Isaiah 54:13).
May my grandchildren show aptitude for every kind of learning, be well informed and quick to understand. May they have wisdom, very great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore (see Daniel 1:4; 1 Kings 4:29).
May my grandchildren, like Jesus, grow in wisdom (mental) and stature (physical), and in favor with God (spiritual) and men (social). May they live lives worthy of you, Lord, and may they please you in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of you (see Luke 2:52; Colossians 1:10).
Thank you, Lord, that you will command your angels concerning my grandchildren and guard them in all their ways (see Psalm 91:11).
Against evil influences
I pray, Lord, that you will deliver my grandchildren from wicked and evil people. May you strengthen and protect them from the evil one (see 2 Thessalonians 3:2–3).
May your favor, O Lord God, rest upon my grandchildren; establish the work of their hands for them (see
Lord, I thank you that you know the plans you have for my grandchildren—to prosper them and not to harm them, to give them hope and a future. I pray that my grandchildren will not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But may their delight be in your law, and may they meditate on it day and night (see Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 1:1–2).
Since the Word of God is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), when we form our prayers from it, we are speaking God’s own words, aligned with his will. Our grandchildren need our persistent Bible-based prayers. Will we make a commitment to pray for them all their lives? It is the best gift we can give them.
Excerpted with permission from The Grandmother’s Bible (Zondervan, 2008). With a year’s worth of devotions by women such as Ruth Graham, Elisa Morgan, and Elizabeth George, special Saturday and Sunday devotions, and a wealth of articles, prayers, and other features, The Grandmother’s Bible gives guidance and encouragement for today’s active grandmother to instill a legacy of love, acceptance, faith, and character in her grandchildren. To order, click here.
Quin Sherrer, an award-winning author, has written or coauthored 27 books, including Grandma, I Need Your Prayers and Lord, I Need to Pray With Power. In addition to speaking at conferences, she has appeared on more than 300 radio and television programs. Quin earned her journalism degree from Florida State University. She is the happy grandmother of six.
Are you a praying grandma? One of the most powerful things we can do for our grandchildren is to pray for them. In fact, I would go so far as to say, that it is our responsibility to pray for our grandchildren.
When you think about it, grandmother-hood is really just the second chapter of motherhood.
Remember when your children were little? You could hardly see past bedtime.
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Praying grandmas not only see past the current stage of life a child is in, we see the road they’re on.
Nothing is more heartbreaking than to watch our grandchildren go through tough times. Recently, one of my children suffered a devastating divorce. The children were caught in the middle. It was ugly.
Each parent had a different way of dealing with talking to the children about divorce. One considered everything surrounding the divorce as “adult” problems–not to be shared with children. The other thought that nothing should be hidden from the children. He poured out his frustrations and court findings into the hearts of his nine and 10-year-old daughters. The result was children with mixed emotions and anger issues.
When there is nothing you can do to change the physical circumstances, praying for them can mend their hearts.
Just because we can’t make demands on our children, or our grandchildren, doesn’t mean we can’t take our case to our God.
When our children are in the thick of the fight, trying to find their way– a praying mom, or grandma can create the light they need.
Praying for your grandchildren through all the stages of life, during the good and the bad times, is the very best present we can give them.
Here are a few scriptures to get you started.
Psalms 91:11 (NIV): “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
Father, command your angels over my grandchildren. That they guard them, and keep them safe, keep them from evil, that they find goodness as they grow.
2 Thessalonians 3:2: “And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.”
Dear Lord, our grandchildren are growing up in such a frightening world. There is evil everywhere we turn. Please, keep them from wicked and evil people. I know that this is a fallen world, and our grandchildren must choose for themselves to follow you. While they are still finding their way to you, I pray that you keep evil people far from them. Please Lord, instead, bring people into their lives that will lead them to you.
And of course, my very favorite scripture. This is one that has seen my family through so many dark days.
Jeremiah 29:11(NIV): “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Father in heaven, only you know the depth of goodness you have planned for my grandchildren. I pray, that you will reveal your goodness to them, that they see that only goodness comes from your hand. Even when life is full of turmoil, it’s in you that we find our hope.
Do you have any special prayers? Or do you have a special prayer that you have taught your grandchild to pray?
Children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit
of the womb is His reward.
Marriage was exciting and full of challenges. After several years we started to wonder if we would ever have children? We were becoming a little bored with our routine and my husband and I started to ask the question..what’s next? Well, needless to say the children did come. The children brought such change and excitement to our ordinary lives. Suddenly, everything focused on our children. They grew up, left home for college and wow an empty nest again. Our youngest son married, then had two wonderful children..our grand babies, then, a new chapter of life begins. What a blessing, they should have been born first (lol) but God’s plan is the best plan!!Of course there are a lot of blanks to fill in, first, now Granddad, McKinley Wiggins, is now with the Lord. So grand parenting is for me to continue without him physically here but, what a legacy he left! The question is, what he would have done or said and that makes us laugh because he was not bashful at all nor at a loss for words. RIP McKinley. So I enjoy the grandchildren for the two of us.
So, Lord Jesus thank you so very much for allowing me to come into your presence this morning. Thank you and praise you that you are omniscient (all knowing), omnipresence (everywhere present at the same time and omnipotence (all powerful). Only you Lord. I praise you Lord that you are with my grand children right now and every need is being provided. Lord please keep your hedge of protection around them. Thank you that they are saved and may they realize the importance of your Word and the freedom to pray to you for everything. I pray Lord that they will understand: “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:8-9.
My prayer is for your grandchildren, as well. I would like to encourage you consistently pray for your children and grandchildren. God sees, He Knows and He cares. If you have special prayer request please list them.
In His Service,
“Children our a heritage from the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward.” Psalm 127:3.