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Six Great Bible Verses for the Elderly to Pray

Ms. Dora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

There is evidence to support the fact that the older people become, the more they pray, according to Lawrence T. White Ph.D in Why Are Old People So Religious? They have learned by experience that more satisfaction comes from praying than from worrying. Their prayer time usually includes the reading of Bible passages which express the prayers of their hearts.

Here are six great Bible verses which the elderly can adopt, memorize and offer up to God even when seeing to read becomes a problem. They are short, relevant to interests of the elderly, and easy to learn if someone needs to teach it to them.

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Strength of Heart

(1) My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but [you] God remain the strength of my heart. - Psalm 73:26 NLT

The time may come when the elderly are overwhelmed by personal suffering or by external circumstances beyond their control. They may be disheartened by fears of insecurity and death. They may even lose control of their minds, while their hearts are still in the right place.

Philosophers say concerning the heart, “It is the first that lives, and the last that dies.”1 So when the aged pray for God to remain the strength of their hearts, they are affirming a connection with Him though everything else fails.

Joy

(2) Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. - Psalm 63:7 NLT.

Sure, the elderly would have had struggles to become they best that they could be; but now they focus less on what they have became and more on what they have overcome.

They recall the many times when they credited God's help for their survival, and their response is to sing for joy.

They have every reason to declare their testimony in the song lyrics written in 1905 by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel:

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Whitney Houston sings the gospel song in the accompanying video.

I Sing Because I'm Happy

Memory

(3) I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them. - Psalm 77:11 NLT

While the aged can still remember, it is most helpful for them to count their blessings. With the short term memory declining first, blessings of the distant past may come to the surface more often than the more recent. Whatever good they can remember is appropriate content for their meditation and their prayers of gratitude.

The alternative is to remember the disappointments, the regrets and other negatives which may lead to depression and a sense of worthlessness. Old age is a good time to replace thoughts of frustration and failure with thoughts of calm and contentment. Talking to God helps them to nurture and maintain godly attitudes.

Legacy

Photo by Wendell Weithers

Photo by Wendell Weithers

(4) I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. - Philippians 1: 9 NLT.

The prayers of the elderly are not complete without prayer for others. In this verse, Paul is addressing his children in the faith and informing them of the prayer he prays to God on their behalf. He wants them to love God, love each other and experience growth in knowledge and understanding.

What elderly parents do not want the same for their children? As they sense their lives nearing completion on earth, they pray for their offspring to produce and excel in all areas of their lives, including spirituality.

Prayer for salvation and eternal life is the most important legacy the elderly can bestow on their loved ones. Material possessions will serve them better if they accept the benefit of the prayer.

Purpose

(5) Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation. - Psalm 71:18 NIV

In this twenty-first century when people live longer and accumulate more threatening health conditions as they age, many experience severe suffering (including injuries, mental health disorders, pain and disabilities)2. It is easy for them to feel abandoned by God.

However, those who feel assured that God will not forsake them usually maintain a strong spirit despite their ailments. They see purpose in remaining alive: namely, to teach the younger people around them what they have learned about God. They want to hold on, not only for themselves but also in the interest of others. This is a prayer of purpose.

Wisdom

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(6) Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. - Psalm 90:12 NIV.

“Not merely to count them, how many they are, in an arithmetical way . . . but the sense is, that God would teach us seriously to meditate on . . . the shortness of our days . . . and to observe how unprofitably we have spent them; which may put us upon redeeming time.”3

Whether or not individuals pray this prayer during their earlier years, it is most appropriate during the later years. People who develop interests--for example, in sports, movies, politics, economics--keep scores. It is important to keep similar count of their days:

  • to reflect on their blessings despite their shortcomings;
  • to spend time correcting their mistakes;
  • to forgive themselves.

The elderly realize during the declining years, that life is too short for detour, procrastination, and willful idleness. Eternal consequences become significant. They also realize that this business of maximizing their time gets complicated; therefore, they pray for God’s help.


References

1. Bible Hub: Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Psalm 73:26 Copyright 2004 - 2014 by Biblos.com

2. MNT Public Health:People Worldwide Are Living Longer But Sicker December 14, 2012

3. Bible Hub: Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Psalm 90:12 Copyright 2004 - 2014 by Biblos.com


© 2014 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 25, 2019:

Thank you.

The Bible Unchained from Above The Sun on November 25, 2019:

Yes. Btw, you have the most beautiful smile. Lovely picture of you and that little angel up there too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 24, 2019:

Bible Unchained, you are welcome! So many good texts for all of us.

The Bible Unchained from Above The Sun on November 24, 2019:

Number 5 was great: have it pinned to my reminder board. Thanks for these great texts!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 24, 2015:

Lady E, it did not get the Editor's Choice Award, but it encourages me that you think it should. I vouch with you for the importance of a mother's prayer for her child. Good to hear from you and God's blessings on you, too.

Elena from London, UK on April 14, 2015:

Absolutely amazing share and I hope it got the Editor's Choice. As to the poll, it's always our parents who do most of the prayers. One of things I miss about my Mum today, is her constant prayers for me...which I believe avail much even up to now, that she not around.

That photo in the middle is gorgeous. God continue to give you good health and not to reap all the harvest of your prayers over your kids.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 04, 2015:

Peachy, thanks for sharing. Bible prayers are from the writer's heart and available for other people to adopt. Your parents' prayers are from their hearts and can be just as powerful. Children and grandchildren may adopt some of their prayers.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 04, 2015:

My parents never use the bible, they pray with rheir own style

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 22, 2014:

Teaches, what a powerful observation--keeping our world balanced! Thanks for your comment and a Blessed Christmas to you and yours.

Dianna Mendez on December 21, 2014:

What a blessing it is to attain the status of an aged person who knows how to pray. Your list of prayers is very helpful in knowing how to help keep them surrounded with love and strength from above. I believe the elderly who pray keep our world balanced. Have a wonderful Christmas, dear lady.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 18, 2014:

Denise, thanks for your input. Your last sentence is a fitting objective for every believer.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on December 18, 2014:

It is interesting that the heart is the first to live, and the last to die. Our hearts are what connects us with God. He knows all, and when we stand before him, I believe that he will take our intentions into account, as well as what we have done in this life. The closer we get to our own mortality, the more we realize that there is life after death, and that God is waiting there for us. Our prayers to him grow stronger with each passing day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2014:

Jo, what a sweet thing to say--even about the photo. I deeply appreciate your kind comment.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 16, 2014:

MsDora, you are beautiful inside and out, such a wonderful photo of the young and not so young. I hope the little one will grasp your words of wisdom as firmly as the eyeglasses.:)

Informative and inspirational, but no less than we've come to expect from you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2014:

DDE, thanks for your ongoing support and your encouraging comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2014:

Tireless, seems like you're getting the best of those four ladies. Sure they appreciate you too. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2014:

Rajan, I appreciate your input. Thanks for your observations.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2014:

Michael, so glad to hear from you. Your message comes through clearly so that readers can understand and take heed. Blessings to you also.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2014:

Flourish, thanks for your encouraging comment. Makes me want to keep writing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2014:

Manatita, I appreciate your commendation. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 16, 2014:

A wonderful thought here. I like the photos and and such greatness in this hub.

Judy Specht from California on December 15, 2014:

A group of the happiest people that I know are four elderly ladies who pray. Their bodies are failing, but they are always up for a good laugh. They give the best hugs too. Thank God we don't have to have strong bodies to pray.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 15, 2014:

The aged pray more than the young any day, because of their experience of life; and the young, who become old tomorrow, will do the same.

Youth is carefree but old age is cautious.

Michael-Milec on December 15, 2014:

Hello MsDora.

Praying the Bible verses comes very handy when we want to talk to God by His Spirit inspired words. Your quotes are well-timed petitions for "Aged of all ages ". Yes, this isn't proper English , however my message is to encourage men,women and children start praying right now at what ever age, to establish direct line of trust with the " heavenly Father"- as Jesus taught His disciples.Ps.90:12 you picked perhaps one of the most important, to " get us heart of wisdom." Since early youth, this is my very frequent prayer ,- testimony to God's faithfulness generously granting desire of praying child's heart.

Voting up and awesome.

May the Lord continue blessing you as you are blessing to us.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 15, 2014:

Lovely work here, MsDora.

manatita44 from london on December 15, 2014:

You're encouraging godly thoughts. So I commend you highly. The aged do have lots of wisdom to share, and they do feel a lot for the young, yes.

Blessed be the spirit of Love and the inspiration from those who know or sense this Love. Glad tidings!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 15, 2014:

Alicia, thanks for your very encouraging comment. I like writing articles based on Bible verses; glad you like this one.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 15, 2014:

This is a beautiful and very helpful hub for people who read the Bible. I'm sure your kindness in creating it will be appreciated by many people.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 15, 2014:

Muhammad, so happy to know that you consider the article useful. Thanks for your encouragement.

muhammad abdullah javed on December 15, 2014:

Right from wisdom to the children's salvation the suggested plan of prayers for the old ones are simply useful. I admire the you have convinced the aged persons that memory can be one of the helpful aid at this phase of their lives. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 15, 2014:

Bill, hope all goes well for you this week also. Your comment encourages me.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 15, 2014:

Lovely thoughts to begin my work week with. Thank you. Dora. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 15, 2014:

Peg, thanks for mentioning the popular Psalm 46. I appreciate your input.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 15, 2014:

These are such good examples of prayer for all ages and in particular, for the aged. I love Psalms 46.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 15, 2014:

Word, thank you for underscoring the importance of prayer. I appreciate your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 15, 2014:

Faith, Psalm 91 is also one of my favorites for the same reason. Many of the aged know it from memory; they pray it so often. Thanks for your feedback and a blessed, merry Christmas to you and yours.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on December 14, 2014:

Hello MsDora, I really enjoyed reading this one. Prayers are the most important undertaking in life. I love the moments when I can pray. So much warmth and security are attached to them every time. Thank you for creating such a heartfelt hub.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 14, 2014:

I believe the aged truly pray a lot more for the young than the young for the aged. However, I know I have always prayed, even when young, for my sweet mother and many who were aged.

Praying God's Word back to Him is most powerful. I love to pray Psalm 91 for protection for my whole family.

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God bless you and yours. Merry Christmas.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

Eric, I appreciate your encouragement. True, prayer matters much in our daily affairs.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

Lori, hopefully the godly aged learn how opposite one is to the other. Thanks for your kind comment.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 14, 2014:

Beautiful and very useful in the day to day world of prayer. Thank you for this insight and wonderful hub.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on December 14, 2014:

You mentioned worry and prayer in the beginning. They are the opposite of one another. I love this wonderful topic and the prayers you included. Nice work and great comfort.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

Rachel, I'm with you. The young surely need our prayers. Thanks for your kind comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

Jackie, glad my smile brings you a pleasant memory. Thanks for your input.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on December 14, 2014:

This was a very nice article on a subject few think about - the aged - because each of our younger generations are so self centered. I find that I pray more for my offspring than I ever did for me because.... well, they need it more. lol Thank you for such an insightful article.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 14, 2014:

Ah, I know the aged are thinking and praying more for the young rather than vice versa. Great hub as always. Voted up+ (Your smile in the above picture reminds me so much of my only living aunt! I can't picture her without that smile.)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

Whonu, thanks for the encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

Frank, blessings on you too. Thanks for your comment.

whonunuwho from United States on December 14, 2014:

Nice work my friend. whonu

Frank Atanacio on December 14, 2014:

What a wonderful hub and prayer MsDora God bless you