“The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.”
Here the Psalmist places his confidence in the eternal God who lives forever; being fully assured that He alone can be trusted to keep watch over the future generations he has prayed for. He leaves the most valuable legacy anyone can leave; that of answered prayer for future generations yet to be born.
Your Prayers Will Outlive You
One aspect of the Prayer Ministry of the Church is to insure the continued advancement of God’s kingdom by praying for the success of future generations. Think about it, the effects of your prayers will remain alive and active on the earth long after you have passed on to be with the Lord. Your prayers for your children and their children will continue to be an influence on the lives of your descendants!
The gospel will continue to be proclaimed and advanced by future generations of your family. They will be telling their generations about the goodness, mercy, and grace of God. God will be glorified because your life story will continue to be told by your children’s children. David knew this to be true when he wrote “Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!” (Psalm 22:30-31 )
Your Prayers will speak to future generations
Your words will continue to speak to generations yet to be born. Your prayers for the future are kept before God until their time to be answered arrives. God will not forget a single request you have ever made before Him in faith. In essence, your words and your prayers for your descendants will travel through time- What a legacy! Think of it, you will be teaching, guiding and encouraging descendants you will not be alive to see, by what you are saying to, and praying for your children today!
Prayers whose answers await future fulfillment are the best inheritance that you can leave your children. You can cover every aspect of the life of your descendants by praying God’s Word over their generations today. You can give your great, great grand-children an advantage in life by praying and declaring God’s promises over them now. The answers to your prayers along with the accompanying blessings will wait for them.
Your Prayers that Rise before God will Revisit the Earth
God knows the appointed time for the answers of every prayer you’ve prayed. The collective answers to the prayers of all God’s people will fall like fire accomplishing His purpose on the earth. Consider this passage; “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth…” (Revelation 8:3-5).
Your Prayers are Your Living Legacy
Future generations will live more effective and fruitful lives before God because of the prayers your praying today. No inheritance tax can be imposed on prayers for your descendants, no thief can break into the vaults of heaven to steal them, and no one can lay claim to any blessings that you have personally named for your future family members.
You were redeemed in answer to the prayer Jesus prayed two thousand years ago when he asked; “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20-21).
Make praying for the future generations of family members, citizens of your city, even for the nations, a regular part of your prayer life. Begin today to secure the blessings of God on future generations. Be assured that the answers to your prayers will come up before God in their proper time. Pray with Confidence, Secure your Legacy, and Be Encouraged! -JSP