The Importance of Generational Praying

By: Germaine Copeland

As I was writing a birthday tribute to great-grandson Nathan, a memory from my childhood emerged. I saw my Granny Griffin, who left us a legacy of prayer and faith in God, at her kitchen table. It was on her farm that three times each day family and visitors would sit down at the table loaded with many dishes of yummy food, but no one ate until they slipped down beside their chairs to kneel while she prayed. There was no doubt that you had been prayed for when you arose to sit down at the table once again. Then I remembered, she not only prayed for us, but she included future generations in her prayers. The impact of this memory was overwhelming.

Memory carried me from the farm house to the parsonages where my siblings and I grew up. Every morning and evening we were in our places kneeling with our parents. I can still hear my father’s booming, bass voice praying for us and future generations, “We are raising disciples for Jesus and our posterity belongs to the Kingdom of God.” Prayer began for my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and our future generations from those who have gone before us.

The prayers of the saints have been contained in heavenly prayer bowls and remain there in the Throne Room of God to be answered in His time and for His glory. Your life may have been different, but someone somewhere was praying for you. I encourage you to begin weaving your legacy of prayer and faith for your posterity. May the prayers continue from generation to generation.

“And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.” (Revelation 5:8)

Germaine Copeland is the President of Word Ministries, speaker, author of Prayers That Avail Much book series and other books.

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