Monday, 06 February 2012 19:03

Praying for the Next Generation

Written by  Kyle Searcy
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1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son. 2 He will judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with justice. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4 He will judge the poor of the people, He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor. 5 They shall fear thee while the sun endureth, And so long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 He will come down like rain upon the mown grass, As showers that water the earth. 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River unto the ends of the earth. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; And his enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render tribute: The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him; All nations shall serve him. 12 For he will deliver the needy when he crieth, And the poor, that hath no helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor and needy, And the souls of the needy he will save. 14 He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence; And precious will their blood be in his sight: 15 And they shall live; and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: And men shall pray for him continually; They shall bless him all the day long. 16 There shall be abundance of grain in the earth upon the top of the mountains; The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: And they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. Psalm 72:1-16

 

As spiritual and natural parents we often underestimate the impact of our prayers on our children’s future. King David knew well what prayer could do so he not only prayed for His son Solomon, he also turned his prayer into a song. King David’s prayer was remarkable—everything he prayed was fulfilled in Solomon’s life. There were five major areas David focused on in his prayer. He prayed for Solomon to have: a just administration (vv. 1–4), a continuing dynasty (vv. 5–7), worldwide dominion (vv. 8–11), increasing righteousness (vv. 12–14), and prosperity and fame (vv. 15–17). What a prayer, what a model!

The amazing thing is Solomon fulfilled each of David’s request. Let me share just one example with you as to how this prayer was fulfilled. ?

The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. And let all kings bow down before him… So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him. (v 10 & 15)

Here is what happened long after King David was dead:

Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with difficult questions. So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart…

She gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a very great amount of spices and precious stones.
Never again did such abundance of spices come in as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.
1 Kings 10:1-2;10.

How did David know? Did he pray prophetically having seen in some way what God had for Solomon or did he just pray and God answered? Either way, He prayed and it was done. David did not have some special grace unavailable to us. God will answer our prayers just as he did King David’s. Think how we could shape our kids’ futures by praying for them in these categories:

1. That they would live clean and pure demonstrating integrity in all their dealings.

2. That our children for succeeding generations would serve the Lord and honor the positive traditions of the family’s destiny. Generational Blessings would be perpetuated, not Generational Curses.

3. That our children would maximize their potential. They must not stop short of fulfilling all that was in God’s heart when he created them.

4. That our children would fight injustice and look out for those less fortunate than they are. There is great blessing to those who give themselves to others less fortunate.

5. That our children and grandchildren for many generations will never lack. There would be prosperity and plenty for our progeny.

Can you see the future of our children being shaped as we pray this way? You may not have biological children, but it will work just the same for either the children you will have one day or spiritual sons and daughters you are raising in the faith. Remember the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much (James 5:16). Let’s start praying—a generation depends on it.

Kyle Searcy is senior pastor and co-founder of Fresh Anointing House of Worship, a thriving, multi-racial, multi-generational, international ministry located at 150 E. Fleming Road, in Montgomery.
 

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