For Generations to Come

By: Jill Briscoe

As generations come and go, one here and there finds God through Christ, then marries someone who knows Him and brings up their family to know Him.  Often the fervor of the first converts wanes with the generations and there can be long periods of time when Christless generations come and go.  Then the prayers of the ancestors begin to be answered for their children and their children’s children and the cycle begins again.  Even in this greed-oriented, pleasure-seeking world, our faith and our prayers can make it possible for all generations to become believers and experience true joy.

The Teacher says, “One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes” (Eccl. 1:4, MSG).  However, things can change.  We can break the cycle of unbelief by responding to the Holy Spirit and beginning to fear God.  We can change things for the future generations through our prayers.  We can fortify the generations so they, like us, can stand against the materialistic and greed-obsessed society.

Years after my uncle’s death I obtained his Bible.  In the front he had written, “There is someone in every generation whose calling is to pray for the generations to come.”  My uncle prayed for me and I came to faith.  His prayers were a gift!

So as you consider this whole idea of rejecting the sex-saturated, must-have culture in favor of a relationship with the Living God, don’t only do it for yourself.  Do it for all the generations to come!

Jill Briscoe is the Founder and Executive Editor of Just Between Us magazine.  


  1. Thank you for this good word and reminder! There were two generations praying for me and I am an ordained minister. My husband, also a minister, is the product of prayers of his ancestors for 50 years for a minister in the family! He wasn't told until after he answered the call. Great reminder to continue to pray for my children and grandchildren!

  2. A great reminder and encouragement to press on!


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