Acrostic Prayers for Grandkids

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by Kay Swatkowski

I don’t recall where I first read this idea, but it is one I certainly want to pass along.

Praying for our grandkids is a wonderful legacy that we offer to them.  It is also a great way to connect with them spiritually and emotionally. A fun way to personalize your prayers is to create specific prayers for each of your grandkids.  Using an acrostic, make an individual prayer list for each of them using the letters of their names for key words.

Your prayers can be bible verses or character traits you hope to see develop in your grandchildren.  Here is  a sample of an acrostic prayer I started for my granddaugther, Nicole.

N  – Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 8:39) Lord, I pray that Nikki will understand that no life circumstance overshadow your great love for her. May she always know your presence, especially in difficult times.

I – I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name. You are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)  May Nikki experience the joy that comes from realizing you know her by name and have called her personally. May she have peace as she knows that she belongs to you.

C – Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you. (I Peter 3:15) I pray that Nikki will not carry around the anxieties and cares of life but that she will learn that she can turn her problems and challenges over to Jesus.

O – But if anyone obeys his word, the love of God is made complete in him. (I John 2:5) May Nikki learn to express her love for God through obedience. 

L – Love is the more excellent way. (I Corinthians 12:31) I thank you for Nikki’s loving spirit. May she never lose her ability to love and care for other people. May she first of all love God with all of her heart and soul and love her neighbor as herself. I pray that she will always remember that success, money and popularity are not the more excellent way – but that love is. 

E – The Eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27) Lord, may Nikki always count on you to be her refuge. May she know that your arms are always under her, ready to catch her when she falls and to bring her comfort.

Wouldn’t it be great to give your grandkids a copy of your very specific prayers for them?  One friend may use her prayers to create a quilt for her grandchild. What other creative ways could you use this idea to communicate love and care to your grandchild?

Looking forward to your ideas,


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6 Responses

  1. Lydia Harris says:

    Hi Kay,

    I wrote about acrostic prayers in my Bible study, Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting. The study offers other ideas to pray for grandkids as well.

    I know you’re working on a book. Is it about grandparenting?


    Lydia Harris (aka Grandma Tea)

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