“The Generational Prayers,” from The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie
The time came when “Lisa Oglen” made a request to God and asked Him for a baby. Then a few months later, “Lisa” wholeheartedly believed that she had a divine moment with the Holy Spirit. From within, she clearly understood that she was about to conceive a female, and that her baby would depend on her, as she would be absolutely responsible for her child.
“Lisa” became pregnant within that same cycle, and during the whole pregnancy, she pleaded and cried to God as she often begged Him to hold, watch, talk, and sing to her unborn baby, from inside of the womb until all throughout the baby’s lifetime.
Shortly after “Lisa” gave birth to her baby, she took a nap and dreamed that she was in a room with a couple of her relatives who were laid to rest beforehand. Then they left the room. Immediately afterwards, a door opened to expose a couple of unknown older women who faced her. One of the ladies stood by the doorway and the other stood down the street from her. She instantly acknowledged in the dream that she was connected to them by some way, and after she asked the lady by the doorway if she, the lady, belonged to God or not, the lady replied that she was. Then “Lisa” concluded that the other lady belonged to God too.
In the dream, it became apparent to “Lisa” that the lady at the door focused her attention towards something that was in the back of her. So after “Lisa” turned around, she noticed that she stood in front of a crib that held her own infant inside. Then she looked back and forth at both the ladies and the crib where her daughter was, because by then, she knew that they were interested in her baby, but for unknown reasons.
After that, “Lisa” awakened and immediately thought about the dream because it intensely stayed on her mind and stuck to her, as she deeply believed that it was from God. She just knew from within that those older women represented people who were already laid to rest, and as she strongly felt that she did not know any of them, she just knew that they were relatives of her baby.
“Lisa” informed her husband about the dream, and she believed that the lady who stood down the street was a representation of either one of hers or her husband’s great ancestors of some unknown many generations ago. She also believed that the lady who stood by the doorway had portrayed somebody on her husband’s side, who was laid to rest some years earlier from the time of that dream. So she told her husband that the woman who stood by the doorway symbolized the very same person whom he first thought about while he listened to her talk about the dream. He instantly informed her that he first thought of his beloved late grandmother who he was very close to, until she was laid to rest, some years prior to the date of the dream.
“Lisa” immediately had a strong emotional acknowledgement from within herself that led her to believe that everything she concluded about the dream thus far, as well as her husband’s recognition of his late grandmother, was correct. From what she was later told, his late grandmother was once a Christian woman who feared God.
2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
The late grandmother of “Lisa’s” husband was noted as one who regularly kept The Holy Bible opened on her lap. From it, she quoted scriptures to her family whenever she felt that any of them needed corrections, advises, encouragements, and knowledge about The Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
St. Matthew 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
St. Luke 8:5, 8, 11 and 15-18, “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, ..And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”
St. Luke 11:28, “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
“Lisa” also strongly felt in her heart that the elderly woman, who stood at a distance from her, was more than likely a representation of an unknown relative from her paternal side, from some unknown time period, long ago. Then she believed deeply from within herself that she was correct. She also strongly felt that the distant lady who the dream symbolized was once a woman from her father’s lineage, who was laid to rest more than a half a century prior to such date of the dream.
“Lisa” did not know anything about her father’s great mothers of the past. However, she felt that her husband’s late grandmother prayed about her children a lot. Although the late grandmother had been rested for a while, “Lisa” strongly believed that the lady’s prayers continued to float around freely for God to consider and distribute.
St. Luke 1:50, “And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.”
Psalms 132:12, “If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.”
Proverbs 10:7, “The memory of the just is blessed: …”
“Lisa” acknowledged that her baby was not just her daughter, but a descendant of those godly women, whom she believed may have had some amounts of significant relationships with the Lord too.
In addition to “Lisa’s” prayers, she realized that there was something about the prayers that those women prayed about as well. She believed that those were placed on her baby, but later on in the years, would be led to believe that those were placed on her too.
Psalms 103:17, “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”
While “Lisa’s” daughter aged and grew older, “Lisa” immediately recognized that her daughter reminded her of herself, because just like her, when her daughter was little, she too was always very fascinated with anything that involved God, Jesus, Heaven, and angels of the Lord. It would be some years later until “Lisa” believed that her daughter had moments when she was Spirit-filled.
Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Psalms 145:3-4, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”
Psalms 37:25-29, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: …The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.”
Genesis 18:17-19, “And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
Proverbs 14:26, “In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.”
Proverbs 20:7, “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”