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 [reverential] 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).