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5 Things to Pray for Your Parents ebook

Prayers that Change Things for an Older Generation

Fresh ideas to help you pray for your parents.

Part of the 5 Things to Pray series.

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The Bible calls us to honor our parents—and one way we can do that is by praying for them. Little children often see their mothers and fathers as the ones with all the answers. It’s not until we grow up that we realize our parents are just like us—regular people in need of prayer.

This guide will help you to pray rich, intentional prayers for your mother or father—be they biological or adoptive, working or retired, frail or fit, married or separated, believers or unbelievers. Whatever their situation, if we want to love them well, we need to pray.

Each of the 21 prayer themes in this book takes a passage of Scripture and suggests five things to pray for a particular area of your parents' lives. You can use this book in any number of ways: work through it as part of your daily quiet time or pick it up whenever a particular need arises.

The command to honor our parents comes with a beautiful promise—“that it may go well with you” (Ephesians 6 v 3). The hope of this guide is that you will reap this blessing as you come before God with prayers that change things for an older generation.

Chelsea Stanley serves with the women’s ministry team at Crossway Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin . She has written for Desiring God, Risen Motherhood, and The Gospel Coalition.

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  • Introduction
    Praying That God Would…
    Save My Parents
    Give Them Purpose
    Grant Them Wisdom
    Bless Their Relationships
    Bring Them Joy

  • Praying That My Parents Will…
    Delight in God’s Word
    Love God and Others
    Not Be Anxious
    Be Content

  • Praying When My Parents Are…
    Making Transitions
    Caring for Loved Ones
    Losing Their Memory
    Facing Death

  • Praying that I will…
    Trust God as my Father
    Give thanks
    Love my parents
    Seek forgiveness
    Care for my parents

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Contributors Chelsea Stanley, Tim Challies
ISBN 9781784986292
Format eBook
First published May 2021
Case quantity 50
Language English
Publisher The Good Book Company

Emily Jensen

Cofounder, Risen Motherhood; Cohost, Risen Motherhood podcast

While I'm quick to pray for my husband, children, and church, I often forget to pray for the hearts and lives of my own parents. I'm so grateful for Chelsea's wisdom and helpful prompts! I look forward to using this resource in my own life.

Glenna Marshall

Author, The Promise is His Presence and Everyday Faithfulness

In Five Things to Pray for Your Parents, Chelsea Stanley equips us with biblical truth and encouragement to pray for every kind of parent in every kind of situation. This book is immensely practical and has spurred me to pray faithfully and specifically for my own parents.

Barnabas Piper

Author and podcaster

I grew up knowing that my parents prayed for me every day, but it took me a long time to realize I could (and should) pray for them too. This book is a wonderful guide to help me see how to do that in a way that is rooted in Scripture and honoring to them.

Independent reviews

"This is a very good edition to a very helpful short series."

Alistair Chalmers, May 3, 2021

This book is short, full of the Bible, practical and will help you know how to be praying for your parents. Any resource that encourages biblical prayer is a good one.... continue reading


"Through our prayers we demonstrate our love, care and respect for the ones who have raised us."

Amber Thiessen, April 27, 2021

Chelsea Stanley invites us to pray specifically and scripturally for our parents. She covers 21 different themes to guide us as we pray, for their relationships, for wisdom, their suffering and their transitions. She demonstrates a great depth of understanding in these themes as they relate to the lives of our aging parents, and I really appreciated how she applied scripture to each thread.... continue reading


Inspiring and Needed

Sarah Poling, May 10, 2021

This book is humbling to read. As a parent myself praying for my parents and my husband's parents as we are blessed to have four living parents in their late 70s and 80s. Blessed to have seen grandmothers of mine live long lives. This book is 21 sets of scripture to pray through with topics. You can choose a circumstance or situation. Or go in order. Simple and profound encouragement to my prayer life.... continue reading

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