Praying For the Next Generation

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Praying For the Next Generation

Psalms 71:17-18

17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. 18 And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.”

 

In the Old Testament, the Jewish people had many ups and downs when it came to their relationship with God. Particularly, the book of Judges records the pattern of how this would happen. The pattern would go something like this: God does something great, the people follow after God, that generation dies off, the next generation rebels, the people are put under bondage, the people repent, God sends a rescuer. This is the pattern for the Judges and you can see this even throughout the Bible.

 

This pattern started sometime after Joshua and his leaders past away. Somewhere around this time, the people had failed to share with the upcoming generation about what God had done. And when this happened the people rebelled against God.

 

We are seeing this trend right now. Within the last 100 years, we have seen great evangelistic crusades and great revivals happen. Yet with so many people coming to faith in Christ, we are getting very close in the United States to becoming a Post-Christian nation. In many places it has already become that way.

 

Why is this the case? It is because we have failed to pass on our faith to the next generation.

But there is hope. We need to pass on our faith. How do we do this? We need to start a conversation. We need to share God’s incredible feats, strength, and power to the next generation.

 

Have you shared with others your story of what God has done in your life? List out what God has done in your life. As we go throughout our day we should be looking for ways and opportunities to share our story in conversations.

 

Pray: God give me the strength and wisdom to pass on my faith to another generation. God, may your deeds, strength and power be known to this generation. May my life, words and actions bring you honor and glory.

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