If you were to review what God has done in your life, you would find a pattern of his faithfulness and kindness toward you. As I think back on my own family history, I see the tracing of God’s finger. I follow Jesus and so does my dad. His father was a WW1 soldier injured in battle and also lost his first wife in childbearing. Grandpa was known as the town drunk. But God had other plans and grandpa came to Christ.
Even though grandpa had many problems, God put blessing on his life. If grandpa were still alive, he would see that God’s hand on his life had far reaching effects.
Solomon knew that his father David was ‘a man after God’s own heart’. Sure, other people said all kinds of things about his dad – Solomon knew his dad’s heart and the blessing of God that flowed in his life. Maybe your father or mother passed on a passion for God to you.
Or perhaps you grew up without a family to look back upon. If they were godless, rebellious, disinterested or not in your life at all, God will put surrogate spiritual parents and mentors to influence your life and pass along His parental love toward you.
Whatever your story, learn to see the history that God has you now taking part in. When you pray, realize that you are part of a bigger timeline and experience that God is unfolding throughout generations. Whether you have children of your own or become a spiritual parent to others, your life influence is intended to shape the future of others.
We are all becoming part of that ‘great cloud of witnesses’ the writer of Hebrews spoke about. We are part of a bigger plan. Let’s learn to pray with that in mind.