I've mentioned the Stonebridge Newsletter occasionally in past posts, and I especially enjoyed reading Ken's email yesterday. I will quote some of it here because I really like the idea of praying for our children, our grandchildren, and even their children--multigenerational praying.
Sometimes it seems that our prayer lists are long enough already with praying for our immediate family, extended family, friends, missionaries, daily trials and our growth through them, our pastor and church, children's future and their prospective mates, husband's work, health, traveling safety, and tons of other requests. Why would we want to prolong our time in prayer and add our unmarried children's children or our grandchildren's children to the list--we don't have any idea who they are, how many they are, or what to pray for them?
The stories I've included below are taken from Ken's recent newsletter and are worth noting as reasons to pray for the generations that come after us.
"Many, many years ago George McCluskey had a multigenerational vision for his family. He believed that every member of his family for four generations would live for God. He prayed every day during the noon hour for that. God answered his prayer. One of his great grandsons is Dr. James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family. Powerful things happen when we exchange the small dream of a lifetime of faithfulness for God's great vision of generations of faithfulness.
"Years ago a farmer from Aberdienshire, Scotland, would gather his family at the end of the day and hold hands and pray for his children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generations to live for God. His grandson was H. A. Ironside, who became the pastor of the historic and influential Moody Church in Chicago. Pastor Ironside kept a picture of his grandfather on his desk to remind him of the powerful influence of prayer through the generations.
"Most of us have desires and dreams for our lives and for our families, but something powerful happens when God gives a man a vision for his family. When a mother and a father look beyond their personal desires and a conviction of truth begins to form in their souls and a picture of a heritage of godly living begins to form in their heart, things are going to change. They will begin to pray in that direction. That God-given vision will begin to influence their decisions, choices, and convictions. Their lives will change; and as a result, generations will eat fruit from the trees they planted. Beyond what they can do, God will act on their behalf."
After reading these thoughts, I'm thinking it would benefit us all to go back into our prayer closets this morning and stay awhile longer praying that the unknown generations who come after us will be used of God to powerfully influence their world.
Do you already pray for your grandchildren's children? I'm thinking that it keeps me plenty busy praying for the four children we have, for their future marriage partners, and that God will bring faithful spouses around in His timing. How about you? What do you think about this subject?