Don’t ever doubt the power of your prayers, dear friends. Whether you’re able to see your children and grandchildren frequently, or live miles away, prayer knows no boundaries of distance or space.
As grandparents, mentors, and leaders, we have been given the incredible power to make a difference in the world through the lives of the children we love. Though many of us pray for our own adult children and grandchildren daily, and we strongly believe in the power of prayer, it's sometimes hard to know how to pray strategically. Specifically. We may find ourselves even struggling to know exactly what to pray for.
There’s a battle over our families today, and the enemy would love nothing more than to destroy all that we hold dear in this life. He’ll do everything he can to lure our grandchildren his way, and down paths filled with darkness and brokenness. Though the times we live in now may be vastly different than when we grew up, the temptations every generation will face are strong, and Satan’s tactics are always fierce. He fights hard to keep us and our loved ones far away from God and the power of His love and forgiveness. But we don't have to let him win. Here’s hope from God’s word to remember…
5 Verses to Pray Over Our Grandchildren:
For Blessing - “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
For Peace - "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
For Protection - “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways." Psalm 91:11
For Salvation - "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Romans 10:9-10
A Prayer to Pray Over Our Grandchildren:
Another day is ahead, and once again, we want to release our grandchildren and children who we love so incredibly much, straight into your tender care. Because we know that’s the best place they could ever be. Thank you in advance for all that you have in store, for this day, for this season, and for their entire lives
We ask for your wisdom and direction over their days, that you would give them understanding beyond what their years say they should even know. We ask that you would remind them again of how very much you love them. We pray that they find security and confidence fully in you, knowing that you are trustworthy and true.
We ask for your peace to cover them. We pray for laughter and joy to fill their day. We ask that you would give them boldness and courage to face the challenges set before them, with the confidence and calmness that can only come from your Holy Spirit.
Dear Lord, we pray that you would teach them your ways, help them to be respectful to others, obedient to your paths, and have a desire to learn your word. Give them a compassionate spirit, and a willingness to look beyond the outward appearance of another to the deeper heart.
On the days that they’re struggling, we pray that you would bring wrong to the light, offering your reassurance of grace, restoration, and forgiveness when they mess up and lose their way. We ask for you to protect them from feelings of shame or condemnation, instead covering them with your tender love and hope. Surround them with friends and leaders who will constantly challenge them to press closer to you.
Please keep them safe today. We ask that you would protect them from any harm or evil intent that would lurk close by, or attack them while they’re unaware. Cover them in your care and hide them in the safety of your powerful presence. We pray for you to protect their coming and going, and to remind them that you’re always with them. Give them alertness, spiritual discernment, and wisdom to avoid temptation and to make the best choices. Give them a heart for your word and for your ways.
We pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper, and that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close every one that needs to be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish, to bring you glory
Lord, we trust you to raise up your greatness in our grandchildren. Build up greatness in this generation, in those who are willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing that you have designed them for your purpose and good works, which you have carefully planned and prepared in advance for them to do.
Be a lamp for their feet. Be a light to their path. Shine over them. Fill them with your Spirit. Bless them with your favor and peace.
We thank you God, that you walk ahead of them, beside them, and behind them too. So we can trust you to always lead the way, be constantly at their side, and to have their back too, all at the same time.
Thank you so much for allowing us, as grandparents, the privilege to praying for and loving our children and grandchildren. We praise you for the work you are continuing to do in their lives. They are a gift to us and to so many others.
We trust you today with these precious ones we love so dearly. We love you Lord and we rely on you fully, for your wisdom and grace.
In Jesus’ Name,
Why Is Prayer So Powerful?
Prayer is powerful, and His words are true. I'm aware more than ever, of just how much our adult children and our grandchildren need our prayers. It's one of the most important gifts we could ever give to them in this life. God knows our hearts, He sees, He hears, and is always at work, even when we can't fully see.
Our families are His. And no matter where they go, how old they are, or what they’re facing in this life, they are secure in His care. They’re in His hands, and He has great purpose for them in this life. God loves each one of them so much more than we could ever imagine.
We may not be able to be with them every hour of every day. But He is.
We may not see every struggle, every worry, every burden that can weigh our grandkids down from day to day. But He does.
And He is always there, carrying them, and us, straight through.
Though it’s true, this world may seem dark many days, God calls us to be light, to make a difference in this life. Praying daily for our grandchildren, and for this generation to hold fast to that call. I'm freshly challenged and determined, more than ever before, to pray strategic prayers of blessing and hope over our kids and their families, today and every day.
Don’t ever doubt the power of your prayers, dear friends. Whether you’re able to see your children and grandchildren frequently, or live miles away, prayer knows no boundaries of distance or space. God hears our prayers and He inhabits the praises of His people. He cares for our loved ones far more than we could ever imagine, and He’s at work, even now, in ways we may not fully see. Keep praying for His blessings of salvation, grace, hope, and protection over their lives every day. He is always near…
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This article is part of our prayer resource meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can't find the words to pray.