A prayer for elderly parents

It is clear from the Ten Commandments that we are to honour our parents and Jesus repeated this in Matthew 15:4. To honour our parents means, among other things, to pray for them, appreciate them, accept their authority, treat them with respect, and provide for them. Let us commit to intercede for our parents before the throne of grace. God cares about them, and we should not neglect to pray for them.


A prayer you can pray for elderly parents daily

Father, we bring our parents before Your throne of grace and we thank You for their lives. Thank you for each parent who has taught and led us in practical ways to trust You. We appreciate each praying parent who wants us to love God, love each other, and experience growth in knowledge and understanding (Philippians 1:9).

We praise You, Father, for the many ways in which parents influence their children and grandchildren for good. We pray that our parents, by setting an example, will also proclaim Your power and care to this generation (Psalm 71:8b).

Father, we ask that you will draw unbelieving elderly parents to Your Son (John 6:44) so that they will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16), for You don’t want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Thank you for giving them more time to do so (2 Peter 3:9). Holy Spirit, convict them of their sin and their need of salvation in Jesus Christ (John 16:8).

Thank you, Lord, for caring for our parents. We know that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17).

Lord, help us to be generous towards our parents and to not neglect them. But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God. (1 Timothy 5:4).

Lord, we pray that You will remind our parents of how You have been their hope and help (Psalm 62:5). Help us as their children, to also remind them of Your tender care. We pray for our parents to lean on You, their Rock of strength and righteousness.

Father, be the strength of our parents’ hearts and their portion forever, even though their flesh and heart may fail (Psalm 73:26).

We pray, Father, that by Your grace, our parents would not be discouraged as they age, knowing that although their bodies are wasting away, their spirits are being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Father, enable our parents to declare, “The Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (Psalm 92:15).

Lord, protect our parents from the evil one and show them the way out of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). We ask for Your wisdom, discretion, and understanding to protect and guide them every day (Proverbs 4:6).

Father, give our parents trusting and thankful hearts, especially as their days become more difficult and challenging (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We pray for them to reflect on their blessings despite their shortcomings, to spend time correcting their mistakes, and to forgive themselves.

Father, help our parents to share their disappointments with You. Our prayer is that You will preserve them from any bitterness or spirit of discontent (Psalm 25:21).

Father, make our parents courageous and confident in Your presence, help and deliverance (Psalm 121:1-8). It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Psalm 118:8).

Father, we ask that our parents would be quick to look to Jesus and remember his steadfast love. I will remember the works of the LORD; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. (Psalm 77:11).

Father, may our parents continually praise You and proclaim Your mighty works (Psalm 71:14-15). Fill their mouths with Your praise, and a desire to worship and bring You glory from a testimony strong and true (Psalm 71:8). Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. (Psalm 63:7).

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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