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Suggestions & Scripture to pray for your young adult grandchildren

I have two granddaughters attending college at this time. I will have four granddaughters in college in the fall. I have found these Suggestions and Scriptures helpful in praying for them. I feel it's important that my husband and I stay in contact with them, so I have been sending them a short text to let them know I am praying for them and love them. Often, I ask them how we can pray for them. If you have grandchildren in college/or young adults, I hope you will find these suggestions and Scriptures helpful to pray intentionally for your grandchildren.

Never underestimate the power of a grandparent's prayers. Just knowing that you are praying for them will act as a reminder if you tell them you are praying for them.

Suggestions to Pray for your Young adult Grandchildren

Pray, they will:

  1. Experience the reality of a relationship with Jesus Christ and live the adventure of following Jesus.
  2. Grow spiritually with a hunger for God's Word.  
  3. Be motivated, disciplined, and challenged to apply themselves in their studies to excel academically.
  4. Seek God's wisdom and direction in their management of time, money, and talents.
  5. Think creatively and live with integrity.
  6. Recognize their gifts so they can find their God-given assignment.
  7. Provide the resources to fulfill their God-given assignment.
  8. Date wisely (which leads to a spouse for a lifetime).
  9. Find a spouse with a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  10. Remain sexually pure for marriage.
  11. Be willing to accept responsibility and make wise financial decisions.
  12. Have open communication and a good relationship with their parents.
  13. Recognize the deception of the world and flee from it.
  14. Be covered with God's safekeeping physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
  15. Choose friends who will have a positive influence.
  16. Have a balanced view of their beauty, charm, and strength. 1


Scriptures to Pray for your Young Adult Grandchildren


Dear Father, I pray that:    (Insert your child's name)

  1.  Peace

________ will not worry about anything but pray about everything.    Philippians 4:6

  1. Protection from the Enemy

________ will be alert and watch for the temptations from the Enemy, standing firm in his/her faith.                       I Peter 5:8, 9

  1. Responsibility

________ will learn to be responsible for his/her actions and behavior. Galatians 6:5

  1. Salvation

________ will believe that Jesus loves him/her and died for his/her sins so he/she can have a personal relationship with you and enjoy eternal life. John 3:16

  1. Security

_________ will always remember that you will never leave nor forsake him/her.  Joshua 1:56


  1. Self-control

________will live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God.  Titus 2:12

  1. Servant's Heart

________will develop a servant's heart, serving wholeheartedly, as to the Lord and not men. Eph. 6:7

  1. Anxiety

__________will cast all his/her anxieties and disappointments on you. I Peter 5:7

  1. Spiritual Growth

_______will be rooted and built up in his/her faith, growing strong in the truth as he/she was taught.  Colossians 2:7

  1. Guard

________ will guard his/her heart, for it is the wellspring of his/her life. Proverbs 4:23


  1. Thankfulness

_______ will learn to give thanks in everything, no matter what happens.  I Thessalonians 5:18

  1. 12. Timidity/Fear

_______will not have a spirit of fear and timidity, but the spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. II Tim. 1:7

  1. Trust the Lord

 ______ will trust You with all his/her heart and not depend on his/her own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

  1. Wisdom

 when _______needs wisdom, he/she will ask you for it, for You are waiting for him/her to ask.  James 1:5


  1. Hunger for God's Word

______will hunger and thirst for the Word. Matthew 5:6


  • Taken from the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, available on this website.


Written by Lillian Penner,  Pray Director for ChristianGrandparenting Network,


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Comment by Malva Birch on April 17, 2021 at 10:32am

Thank you, Lillian. My grandchildren are still very young, but I made a printout of this to keep with my journal to pray. Never too early to pray these prayer points for them. 

God bless!

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