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The Power of Generational Prayer

“And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

Luke 18:1 KJV

“Pray without ceasing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV

“All that we can do is pray”. This is generally the conclusion that we come to after we have tried to manipulate events to our advantage and failed. What such a confession reveals about us is that prayer is usually our last resort instead of our first resort. We want to see answers to our prayers and when they don’t come, we become discouraged and faint in our resolve to trust God for everything.

We have often been taught the practice of having a prayer journal that will help us to not faint, or become discouraged in our prayer efforts. Writing out our prayers with a date attached to them allows us to record the answers to those prayers when they happen. This reminds us of that our experience with God is a dynamic walk rather than a dutiful drudgery.

Often times the answers that we receive will be very different and always better than what we had hoped for. Like any good parent who wants the best for His children, God’s answer sometimes will be no. So looking back over time we can thank God that our prayers were not answered as we wished. This record of God’s answers to prayer brings to remembrance the faithfulness of God and becomes a source of worship.

Does God Answer Prayer?

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Ephesians 6:18 KJV

It is also clear that many things that we pray for during our time on the earth, will not be answered until after we have gone home to be with the Lord. (Click on this link: Does God Answer Prayer? to watch a brief presentation from Uplook Ministries in a new window).

Ephesians 6:18 is an instruction to pray for all saints. The implication is that we are not only to pray for saints that we associate with in our lifetime, but that we are to pray for saved souls we will never meet. There will be answers to prayer that we will never know until we get to heaven. This is the reality that we will consider in this post.

The Peace of Jerusalem

For instance, every believer in Messiah is instructed to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). This is a prayer of the psalmist for the Messiah, Son of David to be established forever on the throne in Jerusalem as promised by God. Scripture loving Christians throughout the church age likewise share in that hope but will never see it happen in their lifetime.

This is for the simple reason that peace cannot come to Israel until the Messiah reigns on the earth. The church will have already been removed from the earth before these events happen. (1 Thessalonians 5:9). At the time of Christ’s return to the earth, Israel will be saved from annihilation. This will be at the end of the earth’s unparalleled period of God’s wrath called the great tribulation.

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem through the much of the church age appeared to be a futile endeavor. In fact until 1948, the land of Israel was largely an uninhabitable desert.

(This was the result of the Roman emperor Hadrian’s wrath against the Jews in A.D. 135. He not only expelled the Jews from the land of Judea, but he also salted the land so that nothing would grow. To add insult to injury, Hadrian changed the name of the land to Syria Palestina after the Jews ancient enemy, the Philistines)

Beginning in 1909, there were a number of kibbutz or small communal collectives that began to appear in the land area of ancient Judea. These farming communities continued to grow leading up to 1948 when the nation state of Israel was suddenly re-established.

Despite the motivations of Lord Rothschild for establishing the nation of Israel in 1948, this sudden proclamation for the Jewish homeland around the ruins of Jerusalem was in fact a fulfillment of the prophecies of Isaiah (Isaiah 66:8), Ezekiel (37:1,2) and other prophets. This was the start of God’s answer to this centuries old plea to pray for her peace.

The idea of praying for the peace of Jerusalem since the time that Rome scattered the Jews in the first and second century a.d. must have seemed to be a kind of wispy, ethereal, ‘wish upon a star’ sort of endeavor. Nevertheless, we see that throughout the 20th and 21st centuries the stage is being set for the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.

For the Jews, ever since their expulsion from the land, the phrase “Next year in Jerusalem” was never far from their lips. This phrase gave a voice to their hopes of returning to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob long ago.

The fulfillment of the prayer for the ‘peace of Jerusalem’ however cannot be fully realized until the Jewish nation declares, “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord”. Only then will they see the glorified Jesus returning to the earth upon the mount of Olives (Luke 13:35; Zechariah 14:4).

This will mark end of their time of great tribulation that Messiah Himself foretold in Matthew 24:21. The nation of Israel will at last recognize that Jesus Christ is Messiah and His appearance will be the fulfillment of what their original Exodus from Egypt pictured:

“…These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Revelation 7:14 NKJV

Nevertheless, while we who are the church of God in this age will never see this fulfilled in our lifetimes, we are nevertheless instructed to pray for her peace.

In the same way, our prayers for ‘all saints’ are intended to be generational prayers.

Moving Mountains

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Mark 11:23 KJV

This instruction is obviously metaphorical. Jesus is not training His disciples to become landscape architects. When the word mountain is used metaphorically in scripture it typically refers to a world empire. In previous posts, we looked at how the beast spoken of in Revelation 17:9,10 has seven heads that are seven mountains. That is, the beast represents seven world empires that enslave Israel throughout time.

The Roman empire was the sixth head of this beast. It occupied Jerusalem at the time that Jesus spoke these words. Jesus knew that His followers would be mercilessly persecuted by Roman emperors for at least two centuries after His death and resurrection. There is no doubt that many prayers of the Christians during that difficult time were for Romes’ power to be “removed and cast into the sea.” Yet for the next three hundred years, Rome would remain.

Nevertheless, in answer to such prayer, Romes’ centralized power slowly dissipated and dissolved into the Gentile sea of nation states. During this same time, the church continued to unnaturally expand and like Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed, it would become a great tree casting a shadow of influence throughout the nations of the world. (Luke 13:19)

Like the great tree of that parable the church became the home of every foul bird of satanic influence. It become a grotesque and corrupted representation of the original mandate to be ‘the pillar and ground of the truth’ (1 Timothy 3:15). Nevertheless, the Lord knows them that are His in the midst of this corruption. (2 Timothy 2:19) and their prayers for ‘all saints’ are heard by Him.

In fact, we do well to remember that the preservation of those of us who are saved in the true church today are an answer to the generations of saints before us who have obeyed this instruction to pray for all saints everywhere.

What is That Smell?

During our house shopping days, my wife and I would often enter houses that still had distinct odors left over from the previous occupants. One would have the distinct odor of Asian cooking, another would have the musty smell of tobacco smoke. Savvy sellers might enhance the atmosphere with the smell of freshly baked bread. Sometimes sellers would use scented candles and/or essential oils to mask underlying odors that would tip off prospective buyers to potential mold problems. In every case these odors were a mark left by the previous owners even though they were no longer present.

In the same way the prayers of each believer leave a residual influence for the next generation’s experience with God. This brings us to the realization that like Abraham who looked for a continuing city whose builder and maker is God, we can be assured that our prayers to God have far reaching, generational influence.

In Revelation 5:8, we learn that persistent prayer of the saints is like a lovely odor that arises to God’s throne in heaven. These prayers can effectively magnify the throne of grace from which the Father and the Son presently reign. This means that we may never see answers to many of our prayers in this life, but like a persistent odor they adorn the throne of God and bear record to God’s faithfulness.

Prayer For The Present Hour

We do not know the day or the hour in which our Lord will return for us. All that we can say for sure is that it is the next event in God’s timeline. As world events appear to be setting the stage for the great tribulation which the globalists call the the great reset, we know that the Lord’s return is not far off.

So, as I see it, this means that there are two possibilities before us:

1. The church will be raptured and the globalist’s great reset will be realized; The man of sin will be revealed to restore the world’s collapsed economies and bring a short lived pseudo-peace to the Middle East through the establishment of a one world government, economy and religion.

2. The Globalist desires will be restrained by exposure and re-assertion of the sovereignty of nations for a brief time until the rapture of the church. This would be one explanation of the mysterious head of the beast that suffers a deadly wound/decapitation(?) from which it is restored to great power. (Revelation 13:3,4)

Either way, we are about to witness an answer to centuries of prayer in the church. One the one hand, the church has always prayed, “Even so, come Lord Jesus”. This is the longing to see the Lord’s enemies judged, the earth restored and Jesus take His rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords.

On the other hand, the church has also prayed for a harvest of souls to take their place in the church before the Lord’s return. This is consistent with the understanding that God always offers grace before bringing judgment.

It is possible that the mountain of globalist domination is about to be removed and cast into the sea. Its apparent absolute destruction will be what makes its re-appearance during the great tribulation all that more amazing to the world. This mountain is the globalists desire for a one world government with the recognition of Lucifer as its rightful light bearer.

In their own words, these globalists want to impoverish the world through control of the world banking system. “You will own nothing and be happy”. They want to depopulate the world through pandemics leading to medical tyranny. As we have seen they will use, among other things, mandatory vaccinations using untested and ineffective vaccines.

They want to enslave the remainder of the world through government/corporate coercive fascism such as centralized digital banking. Their plan has been working to do this through infiltration of the corridors of power which up until now they have been able to do quite effectively and with stealth.

However, there is also evidence of a counter plan to all of this. God is opposed to globalism and will ensure national sovereignty through the instrumentality of human government (Romans 13:1-7) until the man of sin is revealed.

Throughout the world, there is an awakening of populations to reject the great reset and replace it with a new quantum financial system. Will this be successful, or will the church be removed and the man of sin be revealed?

This world needs fervent prayer because any movement to destroy the globalist system is fraught with potential for civil wars and desperate attempts by the globalists to bring the masses into submission to their plan.

It has now fallen upon the church of God to continue with greater fervency in its role as a kingdom of priests. We are to pray that the peoples of the world will not only awaken to the socio-economic evil threatening to overtake them, but also to awaken them to the promised return of Christ for His own. This event is all that precedes the time of great tribulation that shall come upon the whole world.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;”

1 Timothy 2:1 KJV

May the Lord find us faithful to our holy calling.


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