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God, if we've taken advantage of Your patience, forgive us. Help us understand the patterns of history and the catastrophic consequences of going our own way.

I urged my son, just turned 18, to share his heart with me. Here’s his interesting perspective:

My mom recently asked me what I, given the foresight of a modern America and of world events, would have wanted her and my father’s and grandfather’s generations to have done differently.

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The principal thing I wish previous generations had done differently is that they might more fervently have understood and guarded the virtues of Christ and applied them to the American tradition. Having compromised, we have been left a legacy of moral relativity and a general loathing for Western tradition. This is notably so among my peers: Generation Z. The roadmaps for the contemporary counterculture movements we see today were largely written and modeled in the 1960s. Aside from the civil- rights movement, most youth movements of the time were calling for the abolishment of certain values that America needs. The establishment of legalized abortion, an amoral revolution, and the rejection of Judeo-Christian values have all led most people today to lacking any sense of personal responsibility. Far-left and liberal outlets highlighted, glamorized, and funded these movements so much at that time because it helped them alter the culture to what it is today.

It seems that much of the generation that was alive at that time either adamantly supported these movements or just ignored them. By the same token, I wish that our previous generations had never started the trend of blaming the government, because this has caused my generation to expect government to fix all of our problems. This expectation has made Americans easier to control. Most, if not all, the problems we see today really are “people” problems. They are issues of the heart and mind. Blaming and attacking the government is not the answer when it comes to spiritual issues.

If I could have spoken with past generations, I would have warned them not to idolize their emotions. I can’t speak to them, but I can speak to myself and to my peers, because we live in a culture of self-centeredness. It all boils down to one distinction: not knowing the difference between individualism and egocentrism. A culture that favors the self at the expense of the whole is what we now have.

Whatever hope I struggle to muster for my generation is bolstered by the indomitable hope I have in my faith. I believe God is not finished with America, and He is definitely not finished with us. We are only getting started for what He has planned for us, but whatever happens next regarding His will for us lies in my generation’s ability to learn from and not repeat past mistakes.

Please pray for us, because the darkness is pushing in all around us.

Share a deep prayer below for your own generation and for the younger ones.

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kit bromfield
January 9, 2024

I read this young men’s comments and really appreciate his insights. I would like to include it in a mentorship/discipleship book I am currently writing to all generations to become “Lifelines” to the Zoomer generation . If you are ok with allowing it please reach out to me. [email protected]
THE ZOOMERS Our Next Generational Wave in the Workplace (authors Meredith “Kit” Bromfield & Mary Erlain

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Nancy
December 2, 2023

Father, Thank You that my generation has mostly preserved many good traditions. My prayer for the younger generations is for them to hear about, learn, and believe that You are good, that You love each of them, and You are our God of Hope (Romans 15:13), and You are trustworthy, and You never leave those who trust fully in Your love.

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Dee
November 30, 2023

What a wonderful son to lay this all out. I pray that the youth of this day would take him up on his suggestions and turn their lives toward the Lord. They have been robbed and don’t know it or understand what they have missed out on. Pray that the Lord will draw them to him. I’m looking for a huge revival in this nation. Amen

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Belinda Whiddon
November 29, 2023

Lord we lift up this generation to be empowered by your Holy Spirit and that they will search out truth wherever it takes them. May they acknowledge you in all they say and do, and be an example of your love to a nation on the precious of a cliff, lord shine on them!!!

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Larry
November 26, 2023

I agree with this young man’s assessment of where the United States is now and how the United States got to this point. I am guilty of ignoring the problem in my younger days. Satan is very tricky convincing us to keep quiet and not to yell and scream as loud as those who were doing satan’s bidding. I believed that the constitution and God would do all the work WRONG! God demands that we do our share of the work and He will do the heavy lifting when necessary. God give us the courage to follow your divine plan for us and the United States. God bless to all who trust in God

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Rochelle
November 26, 2023

Father God,
Thank You for Your love and faithfulness! I ask for Your forgiveness over the generations of American Christians who did not stand firm against the sexual revolution, removal of prayer from our schools, and legalization of abortion, who did not honor Your Word which says you hate divorce.

Convict those who say they follow You but refuse to obey Your commands. There are those whose spouses have passed and now they are living with someone of the opposite sex without being married.
How can You bless us and restore our nation when we defy Your commandments? How can younger generations be mentored to follow Your ways? Have mercy and help us repent of every way we have been stubborn and rebellious!

The children have suffered because of our failures!

I declare Your word in Psalm 85:4
“So bring us back to loving You, God our Savior.
Restore our hearts so that we’ll never again
feel Your anger rise against us.”
In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of His blood please hear and answer this prayer.
Amen.

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Greenman21
November 25, 2023

Oh Lord my God, many decades ago in my youth I believed that the followers of islam also worshipped You. I now know better and pray that this enlightenment be granted to ALL for the safety and well-being of Your Earth. Mankind has much to learn – help us learn before it is too late. Amen

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Vaughn Cassidy
November 25, 2023

TS Elliot wrote a play called “The Dinner Party” in which one character, a young lady, was having a very tough time dealing with life. She told a friend, “I hope it is my fault.” Astonished, the friend asked what the heck that meant. She said, “Well, if it is the world’s fault, if the universe is just flawed, then I am doomed. If it is MY fault, I can change. I can do something about it.”
Almighty and precious Lord, help us to take up the mantle of personal responsibility. Amen.

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Carla Sherman
November 25, 2023

Father, I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a follower of Jesus and live by the Bible in this young generation. Have mercy on those who were raised in faithless homes or in religious homes with no real fruit or power. Help those who know You to lock arms with each other to interecede and be a light in the darkness. Give them boldness, compassion and wisdom to reach their generation and to speak out for truth without fear or shame. Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done here and now!

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Andrea Meador
November 25, 2023

So refreshing to know there are young people out there with common sense and a true sense of God!!

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Mary Beth
November 25, 2023

Thank you for your precious perspective. You don’t know how many times I’ve repented and then repented again of the ungodly legacy of my generation. I have cried out for my own child and grandchildren that any generational curses would be broken and not be passed down – through identificational repentance and declaration. May your generation of believers rise up, infused by Holy Spirit fire and wisdom to lead us into revival, restoration, and the awakening of the lost! Blessings upon you and Gen Z!

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Jeff Kulls
November 25, 2023

Great insight for such a young man! I wish I could have seen it that way at his age.

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BK Jackson
November 25, 2023

Very well articulated.

And this points out one of the main truths you learn as you read & study the Bible. We humans *think* we are very smart, but we are very slow learners. Time and again, the Bible is filled with stories of people who started out following the Lord but went astray, hit hardship and had to re-submit themselves to Him. Oh that ALL generations, all nations, would learn to humble themselves before the Lord and walk in His ways–always.

Lord your Word tells us that your thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and your ways higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). We humbly submit ourselves to You, thankful for your love and your desire that we be holy, even as you are holy. Keep molding us in your image. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Bob Huseby
November 25, 2023

As a school bus driver in rural east Texas I can concur with this young writer. We are in a critical state as a church !! We Need a Revival. We need local churches to take a bold stand for CHRIST. As Intercessors we must recognize this need and pray accordingly without ceasing!! Our Faith CANNOT be watered down any longer and survive.
Bring REVIVAL to this land we pray oh GOD !!

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Ella Bennings
November 25, 2023

I understand the young man’s concern about the previous generations & what they left behind, but the way he expressed himself with such big words was hard for most people to understand his point! Let his message be plain and simple. Christ said it best go and make disciples, teaching them to observe whatsoever I have commanded you. We must “apply” what we’ve learned from God’s word, otherwise it doesn’t work! We should be thankful for the remnant that planted the seed of God’s word & was an example so that future generations would desire Christ & the Holy Spirit in their lives.

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Christine
November 25, 2023

This wise teenager gives me hope for the future. He sees with the clarity of a prophet. Back in the 60’s, a speaker told our youth group that my generation’s rebellion was a direct result of his generation’s abandonment of God. We are reaping what we’ve sowed. May God grant revival to all generations!

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