While speaking at a women’s retreat this weekend on prayer, I was struck yet again that I do a lot of teaching on prayer and not enough actual praying! Perhaps you can relate? The leaders of the retreat asked me to share a photo of my grandkids on Saturday morning as I began my session on the Wonder of Prayer. I thought it was going to just be a fun opening to my talk, but early that morning while reviewing my notes, I realized that request was more for me . . . to turn my heart to my grandbabies and pray over them yet again. As I gathered some of my favorite pictures of our three grandbabies to share in my PowerPoint, I prayed for each one: Liam who is 2 ½ and all boy who happens to look just like his PapaRick, Wim who is five months old with dimples and sky blue eyes, and beautiful Quinn Roselan, just six weeks old and already showing us she has a tender heart . As I gazed at their darling baby faces (see below), I realized yet again that the greatest gift I can ever give them is to be a prayer warrior grandma over their lives. My message for the retreat later that morning was dwelling in John 17, the High Priestly prayer of our Lord Jesus over His disciples, just hours before He died for them . . . for me . . . for my grandbabies. So, I prayed it over my grandbabies yet again that early morning, putting aside my notes for my teaching, and just focusing on praying instead. As I read through the prayer in John 17, I prayed this over Liam, Wim and Quinn: Holy Father, keep (protect) them in Your name. (v.11b) May they have Your joy fulfilled in them. (v13) Keep them from the evil one. (v.15) Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is Truth! (v.17) Tucked away in verse 20 we see that the prayer Jesus was praying over His beloved disciples extends to us (and our grandbabies) who would come after them thousands of years later. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent me.” May it be so! What about you? What verses in the Bible do you like to pray over loved ones? Praying His Word back to Him is a powerful way to worship our God and to pray for those He’s entrusted to our prayer keeping.