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Praying God's Word is a Powerful Resource when Praying


Do you get tired of praying the same prayers for your grandchildren and their parents? Do you feel like your prayers have become humdrum, repetitive, or pointless?

A number of years ago, I felt that my prayers were general and superficial. I prayed that my grandchildren would be safe and have a good day, but those prayers felt rote--and were probably powerless.   


However, that all changed after I asked God to give me wisdom and insight on how I could intentionally pray with a purpose for my grandchildren and their parents. I discovered that God’s Word is a great resource to help me to pray not only for my grandchildren and their parents, but also for myself. I believe that no prayer is more effective than the one that finds its roots in God’s Word, which is alive, powerful, and will not return void. 

When I pray according to God’s Word, I am in line with His will, enabling me to pray with wisdom and power, according to Hebrews 4:12: “The Word of God is full of living power” (NLT). I have found it helpful to spend time in God’s Word to know His promises and commands because my mind is renewed to think His thoughts. His Word helps me to see my grandchildren’s needs from His eternal perspective instead from my limited perspective.

John 15:7 promises that “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (NIV) I believe God’s words can be the foundation of powerful prayers for our grandchildren and their parents.                     

As I started claiming God’s promises and personalizing the Scriptures, I experienced more boldness and confidence in my praying. I believe that nothing threatens the enemy, Satan, more than when we are intentionally praying God’s Word for our grandchildren, their parents, and ourselves. Many Scripture passages in Psalms, Proverbs, the Gospels and Paul’s writings can be used in our prayers.     

In our increasingly complex and turbulent world, we don’t know about the future. However, as grandparents who love the Lord, we know Who holds the future. We must be engaged in prayer for our grandchildren and their parents to keep their hearts and minds from falling captive to the enemy’s deception and lies.

We read in Psalm 3:5, “In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (NIV).  Will you join me in laying your requests at the feet of Jesus, waiting in expectation for Him to answer those prayers?

Here are some Scripture passages to begin to pray intentionally for your grandchildren.  If you would like to receive more Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren subscribe to this blog and you will receive a free downloadable copy and you will receive more grandparenting tips and resources.

Pray ____________ will be quick to listen, slow to speak. And slow to become angry.  James 1:19

Pray ___________will be kind, compassionate and forgiving toward others Philippians 4:12 

Pray _________ will be generous and willing to share with others. I Timothy 6:18

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By Lillian Penner, Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network,


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Comment by Jana B. Dorn on March 17, 2020 at 5:21pm

One more comment, going through the Word of God verse by verse and writing down prayers that the Holy Spirit leads you to as you study, makes for wonderful personal devotional time.

Comment by Jana B. Dorn on March 17, 2020 at 5:18pm

I agree wholeheartedly!  Our church's weekly prayer ministry is based on praying through the Scriptures that are at the heart of our Sunday sermons.  In this way, we are more intimately involved with the Scripture that was preached on each week, we are having our minds renewed (putting off worldly thinking and putting on Biblical thinking), and we are praying to live as the new creatures in Christ that God has ordained us to be. 

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 26, 2017 at 11:00am

Great thoughts, Lillian!  I agree that intentionally praying the Word is the best way we can pray for grandchildren or anyone else we know.  It's the only way to be sure we are praying God's will. 

I recommend a resource I've found very valuable in this respect - it's a book by Jon Graf called "Praying Like Paul".  Jon takes Paul's prayers for the churches and shows how we can pray those same prayers for our loved ones, and even gives us places to write those prayers in the book. 

Comment by Lillian A. Penner on February 25, 2017 at 11:28am

Thanks for your comment, Mala,


Comment by Malva Birch on February 25, 2017 at 10:16am

1 Thess 5:17-18 ESV

Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. 


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