Six Great Bible Verses for the Elderly

Usually, the older people become, the more they pray. They have learned by experience that satisfaction comes from praying not from worrying.

Their prayer time usually includes the reading of Bible passages which express the prayer of their hearts.

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

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(1) Focus

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. The wise aged will not make this a last minute prayer.

(2) Joy

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

I Sing Because I'm Happy

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

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.

(3) Legacy

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).

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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.

(4) Memory

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).

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While the aged can still choose what to 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 (if not done before) with thoughts of calm and contentment. Talking to God helps them to nurture and maintain godly attitudes.

(5) Purpose

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.

(6) Wisdom

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

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“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 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 observe the episodes in which they fall short of our goals and standards;
  • to spend time correcting their mistakes;
  • to focus on personal progress.

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.

Prayer Count: Young vs Aged

Which prayers do you think are more frequent?

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

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

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago

What a wonderful hub and prayer MsDora God bless you

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whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

Nice work my friend. whonu

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Whonu, thanks for the encouragement.

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

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.)

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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

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.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

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.

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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m abdullah javed 2 years ago

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

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!

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Lovely work here, MsDora.

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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

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.

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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

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.

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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

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.

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, I appreciate your commendation. Thank you.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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

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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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teaches12345 2 years ago

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.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

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.

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Lady_E 22 months ago from London, UK

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.

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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

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.

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