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Praying for the Next Generation

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2024 Kingdom Venture-Day 21 Adapted from Church of the Highlands 21 Days Prayer Guide

 

PRAYING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

Emerging from World War 1 and the myriad of memorial services in honor of the lives of throngs of fallen dead across the continents and nations rang the saying “Lest we forget.”  This statement was intended to encourage people to honor the sacrifice of the fallen by telling the stories of the honored dead so the world might not suffer through the travesty and pain of war on a world scale ever again. Two things are certainly left to history’s comentarty concerning the matter.  

  1.  When societies are distracted we forget the lessons taught to us by those who have gone ahead of us.

  2. When societies are separated from testimonies of the living about that past they think themselves wise in their own eyes and above the pitfalls of previous generations.

In the whole of the book of Judges the single most repeated phrase is “And once again. Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.”  It seems that this often happened because they got distracted by what was going around them and they forgot who their God was and forgot who they were created to be and their mission on the earth.  This was always to the detriment of up and coming generations.  The worm of rebellion only seems to fester when one generation fails to commend the ways of the Lord to the next generation with zeal and integrity.

 

And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. 8 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia. And the people of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years. 9 But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. 11 So the land had rest forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

Judges 3:11-13 ESV

 

If we want to avoid the slavery and destruction from one generation to the next we must glean several valuable lessons from the above passage of scripture.  

  1. Do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.  The Lord will bless you for it and the example speaks volumes to the next generation.

  2. Keep the voice that cries unto the Lord alive, clear, and intentional.  It requires effort but it brings rest in the land.

  3. Cries to Lord are usually attached to the need for His intervention and course correction.  When we fail to tell these stories we invite destruction, chaos, and turmoil upon the subsequent generations in the land.
     

As we pray for the next generation, let's remember that the example of our integrity and constituency in the place of prayer is just as important as the content of our prayers.  They work in tandem to establish the ways of the Kingdom of God among His people.

 

'One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.'
Psalm 145:4-7 ESV

 

Lets not only pray for the next generation but lets be consistent in doing so.  If you have children let them here your prayers for them.  Let them see the tears you pour out before the Lord on their behalf.  Let them catch fire by drawing near to the fire of the holy spirit burning in you.  Much is at stake.  Let’s remember in front of the next generation, lest they forget who our God is and who they were created to be.

 

PRAYER-Scriptures to pray over the Next Generation 

PEACE
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
PHILIPPIANS 4:7 NIV 

 

SECURITY 
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
PSALM 32:7 NIV 

 

WISDOM 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
PROVERBS 3:5-6 NIV 

 

IDENTITY
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
PSALM 139:14 NIV 

 

FREEDOM
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
GALATIANS 5:1 NIV
 

PURPOSE
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
EPHESIANS 2:10 NLT 


FOCUS
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
COLOSSIANS 3:2 NIV