The Power of a Praying Grandma

Written by Robin Clark, Senior Events Coordinator at Moms in Prayer International

We had just transferred our second-grade daughter from a private Christian school to a public elementary school in our neighborhood. I remember being so concerned about what she might encounter at her new school.

As I took Lindsay to her classroom, I ran into a friend who told me about a group of moms who met on a weekly basis to pray for their children, the teachers, and the school. I jumped at the chance to link arms with them through prayer. Little did I know that God was leading me on a prayer journey that continues to this day.

I learned that these women were part of Moms in Prayer International, a ministry that impacts children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering women to pray. I saw many answers to prayer for our daughter, especially with the teachers she had each year. They were just the right fit for what Lindsay needed at the time. 

Well, our daughter has now been married for almost 15 years. My husband and I have a 13-year-old grandson and 9- and 7-year-old granddaughters. I have the privilege of praying for them in a Grandmas in Prayer group each week.  

No matter where we live, our hearts are the same for our children and grandchildren.

During our time together, we follow the four steps of prayer:

  1. Praise – As we praise the Lord for a specific attribute, our focus is lifted off of our circumstances and on to Him.
  2. Silent Confession – The opportunity to make sure our hearts are right before God.
  3. Thanksgiving – We thank God for answered prayer, rejoicing together at what God is doing in our grandchildren’s lives.
  4. Intercession – Lastly, we pray a specific scripture and a request for our grandchildren and for their schools.

My Moms in Prayer group has been a lifeline while navigating through many different types of situations with my grandkids.

It has been one of my places of intentional Christian Grandparenting; learning how to pray more effectively and intentionally for my grandchildren and growing in my example to them of faith and trust in God.

Praying God’s Word for Your Grandchild:

We frequently pray for our grandchild’s salvation. It might be a scripture prayer such as,  “Lord, I pray ____ (name) will declare with his/her mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in his/her heart that You raised Jesus from the dead, so ____ (name) will be saved.” From Romans 10:9

This was answered in a very specific way when our daughter, son-in-law, and three grandkids prepared to move from San Diego to Idaho over a year ago. It was difficult to see them go, but God revealed a big answer to prayer for our grandson at the family going away party. 

My sister brought three white t-shirts to the party and asked each of our grandkids to draw a picture or write something on the shirt. Then each family member would add a personal note. My grandson, who was 11 at the time, didn’t want anyone to look at what he was doing until it was all done. He finally called us all over to see what he had been working on.  

My grandson had drawn a cross with this declaration underneath:  I shall trust, believe, serve, and fight for the Lord because He saved me from sin, darkness and evil. I believe! My heart overflowed with thanksgiving to see how God had answered prayer!

When we pray together, we discover how God answers prayer for other women in our group as well. One woman I pray with has a granddaughter who was born with severe brain damage and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The family was told she would be blind, deaf, unable to eat other than through a tube, and unable to stand or walk. Through diligent and united prayer, she has overcome all these obstacles. She is one of the most popular kids at her school, loved by all who know her, and loves to raise her hands in worship when the family attends church.

Another woman in our group is seeing answers to prayer for her 12-year old granddaughter. She has a very tender heart toward God, loves to talk and sing about Jesus, and truly exhibits the fruit of the spirit in her young life. She and her Nana have recently been corresponding through email and she has even started to ask how she can be praying for her Nana!

I’m so thankful for this Grandmas in Prayer group. It truly is a life-changing ministry for us as grandmas, for our grandkids, and the schools they attend. God works powerfully when we join with other women in prayer for the lives of our grandchildren!

Find out more about Moms in Prayer and join or start a group to pray for your grandchildren!


Robin Clark is the Senior Events Coordinator at Moms in Prayer International headquarters. She has been involved in a Moms in Prayer group since her daughter and son were in elementary school. Both are now married with four children between the two of them. Robin prays on a weekly basis in a Grandmas in Prayer group and loves sharing the ministry with others. Some of her favorite things include reading, Jazzercise, walks on the beach with her husband of 42 years, and spending time with family and friends.

8 thoughts on “The Power of a Praying Grandma”

  1. Judy Fossgreen

    I loved Robin’s writing for Legacy Coalition. She gave a clear example of what Moms in Prayer is all about. Our grandchildren grow up so fast. My youngest was 2 when we moved to Idaho, and now is 13 going on14. I am so happy to be a part of Moms in Prayer. We pray for our kids and grandkids. We see how God answers throughout the weeks. The Lord is truly present when we lift up our family in prayer.
    Thank you, Robin, for writing a wonderful article. May the Lord continue to bless you.

  2. My granddaughter needs direction in her life please join with me to pray that God will intervene in her behalf

    1. Legacy Coalition Blog Team

      We will join our hearts with yours in praying. May God work in her life, drawing her to Him.

  3. Marian Erickson

    Is Moms In Prayer the same organization as Moms In Touch from many years ago? I had two different Moms In Touch groups I led in my home over 30 years ago.
    The article inspired me to be thinking about starting a group for grandmas to pray for their grandchildren. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Heartwarming and encouraging story! Please pray for my son James, that God would protect and provide for him and deliver him from the power of darkness. He has many mental health issues and is currently homeless (due to a CPO) and living outside. Pray that he would stop hearing voices, sleep through the night and want to get help and take his medicine. That he would walk in the truth and have a heart that seeks after God.
    Thank you for your prayers.

    1. Legacy Coalition Blog Team

      A great scripture passage to pray is Colossians 1:9-12a For this cause we, your grandparents, since the day we heard [insert name] was coming, have not ceased to pray for[insert name], our desire is that [insert name] might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that [insert name] might walk worthy of the LORD unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience, and long suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father

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