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4 Things to Know about Generational Healing

Generational healing prayers are among my favorites. Why? Because I have seen such powerful changes through these prayers.

Consider this: Because of the power of Christ, you have the ability today to stand in for entire generations of your family and repent for generational sin. God can bring redemption and realignment to your family line, so your entire family can begin to walk in the calling and blessings God has given to you.

That's pretty powerful. 

Here are 5 helpful things to know about generational healing:

1. Numbers 14:18 tells us how generational curses pass through the family line. This verse also tells us of God's love and mercy. He wants us to be healed and He has made provision for our healing through Christ. Read Isaiah 61 about how Jesus has come to set the captives free.

Generational sin opens the door to these generational curses. They pass for 4 generations (10 generations for sexual sin – see Deuteronomy 23:2). This passing of the curse to 4 generations actually shows God's restraint (He could have made them pass longer). But if nobody repents, the sin keeps moving down the family line, becoming generational iniquity. Iniquity means a propensity to bend. It means the family has an inherited tendency toward that sin.

2. The Bible tells us to "bind the strongman" (Matthew 12:29, Mark 3:27, Luke 11:22). The strongman is the enemy who has plundered the generational blessings of each family. Read all of Luke 11 for insight into how the enemy plunders a family and how he is overturned by Christ. When we identify the strongman (e.g., addiction, pride, fear, sexual sin, violence, jealousy) and repent on behalf of the generations of our family, we invite Jesus in to set us free.

3. Generational sin is based in repentance. Through Christ, we have the ability to humble ourselves and choose to repent for the sin that has brought curses to our family. We forgive our ancestors who opened those doors to generational sin. We repent of the ways we personally have engaged in that sin. Then we stand in restitutional repentance on behalf of our entire family line. We ask God to restore the generational blessings He intends for our family. 

Often, we can identify those blessings because they are the direct opposite of the generational sin we have experienced. A family mired in generational fear has a blessing of power, love, and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). A family cursed with generational violence has a generational blessing of peace (Luke 8:26-39). A family that has been ripped apart over the generations by jealousy, strife, and contention is called to a generational blessing of love (1 Corinthians 13:4). The enemy tries to steal our gifts and blessings. Where he strikes us is the exact opposite of who we and the generations of our family are really supposed to be.

4. With generational repentance, the enemy will be silenced. He will no longer have such a strong hold on your family to compel each person into those generational curses. This doesn't mean the enemy will stop trying to trip people up. John 10:10 tells us he will continue to try and thwart God's plan for our lives. However, with generational repentance, he doesn't have the rights and the degree of force he had before. It gives people in your family a chance to come to their senses and hear the truth from Jesus. The generational truth becomes louder than the lies. 

Because of free will, family members may continue to choose to engage in a particular sinful behavior. The doors to sin that are open in a person's heart are complex. Jesus is the only one who can show each person how to heal and turn from those sins. But the difference, after generational repentance, is that the enemy won't have the same generational power as before to compel that behavior. I liken it to Jesus removing a megaphone from the enemy's hands.

This is where your prayers of intercession become so important. If a family member continues to follow in the old ways of the generational curse, you can intercede from a place of healing, truth, and blessing. You can't change that person's heart – only that person can do that, because of free will. However, you can pray for the Holy Spirit to help that person hear truth: that they are not a prisoner of fear, but rather they walk in power, love, and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7); that they are not an addict, but rather they are adopted by God (Romans 8:15); that they are not a victim of generational strife and jealousy, but rather they walk in God's love (1 Corinthians 13:4).

As you walk in your generational healing, and take ground from the enemy (Ephesians 6:13), you will be inviting the Holy Spirit to work more deeply in your family line. Your prayers of generational repentance, your generational healing, and the ways you choose to walk this out with Christ will have a powerful effect on your whole family.

Today is a great day to repent on behalf of yourself and the generations of your family. It's a great day to step into God's generational blessings.

Thank You, Jesus, for healing us. 

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

Amazing Dream about Inner Healing

Last night, I had a weird, freaky, but also amazing dream.  

In the dream, I was placed inside a vision and I was supposed to write about it. 

I was put inside the enemy camp. I was surrounded by demons of all shapes and sizes, including big ones taller than a two-story building. I could see everything they were doing and all the ways they were plotting against people.

I was freaked out to be there. They could see me but they couldn't touch me. 

Their strategies were so air tight that it freaked me out even more, because it looked like they were doing serious damage to people.

But then (here's the cool part) I got to watch how their plan would be foiled and a person would be snatched away from them because of Inner Healing.

They were flummoxed. The madder they would get, the more they would make mistakes and more people would be snatched away from them. 

As Inner Healing would start, they would redouble their efforts to thwart it. But as Inner Healing gained momentum, they couldn't overcome it and people would literally be snatched out of their grip – sometimes whole families.

I literally saw the people in their grasp (that was the awful part) and then watched as people were pulled out of their hands (that was the cool part). The worst was that in-between part as people started Inner Healing and the demons tried to bully them. Sometimes, it would look like the demons were going to succeed but then they got weaker and the person was literally whisked from their hands.

I was there watching this for a while and was told to write about it. Then I woke up.

As I woke up, I felt freaked out, like really scared because I still felt the presence of the enemy in that camp.

What I would normally do when feeling like that is get up, turn on the lights, turn on a silly movie – anything to break the atmosphere.

But this time, I decided not to give it power. I stayed in bed, right where I was, and I asked Jesus to deal with the fear. I prayed Psalm 91 over myself and asked Him to cover me. And I went right back to sleep.

Wow. 

I felt like this dream showed how God uses Inner Healing to break people out of the enemy's grasp – not only for the healing and freedom of that person, but also for the benefit of entire generations. This has certainly been my Inner Healing experience. As I have gone through Inner Healing, I've stayed focused on Jesus. But this dream showed me the enemy's reaction, and how God has used Inner Healing in so many ways to free my heart and my family from the enemy's oppression. It's a beautiful thing to see. God is so faithful. The fact that I was able to respond, upon waking, with peace instead of fear is itself a testimony to what God has done in my life through Inner Healing. Thank You, Jesus.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

Will You Take the Journey?

You don't have to read very far into the book of Acts to learn how treacherous were the journeys taken by the early Christians, especially the Apostle Paul. Travel in the ancient Mediterranean was challenging in ways we can't even grasp today. When they weren't traveling by boat, they were on foot, with the danger of robbers at every pass. 

Would we be willing today to take such physical journeys for the sake of the gospel?

As I pondered this question, it led to another. What about emotional journeys?

I'm talking about journeys of the heart: forgiveness, repentance, honoring others, loving our enemies, confronting someone with truth. 

These journeys of the heart are perhaps more treacherous than the physical landscape traversed in the book of Acts.

Discomfort? Inconvenience? Pain? 

Possibly all of these await us around every bend in the road of our hearts. 

Yet as followers of Christ, we are asked to take those journeys, regardless of how uncomfortable we might feel along the way.

I would encourage you today to spend some time reading in Acts. Follow Paul on his travels, as he carries the gospel to the Gentiles through hostile territory. Read about the persecution of the early church in Jerusalem. Perhaps listen in, as Paul's friends warn him not to go to Jerusalem, where he will be arrested.

Then ask yourself, prayerfully: Are you willing to journey, in the same way as Paul, through the deepest roads of your heart? No matter where God takes you?

Dear God, please help us today to trust in You. When You call us to search the deepest parts of our hearts, to live out Your love in ways that might be uncomfortable for us, remind us You travel right by our side. When we pass through the deepest waters, You will be there. We can trust You. In Jesus' name. Amen

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

The 3 Most Effective Prayers

The most effective prayers are often the simplest. Here are three of the shortest and simplest prayers you can pray. They are also among the most powerful prayers you can pray. Yet they are often the hardest and the most neglected. 

1. I confess

Confession is a way to acknowledge sins that are hidden and perhaps stuck in our hearts. This is where we pray like King David in Psalm 139:23-24, asking God to search our hearts. When we keep things hidden in our hearts, or don't realize what's in our hearts, we block God's blessings. Confession frees us to be who God created us to be.

The prayer of confession can be as simple as this:

Dear God, I confess that ____. Please forgive me. In Jesus' name. Amen

2. I repent

Repentance is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. John the Baptist tells us, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 3:2 NKJV) John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus, the Messiah. When we repent, we prepare our hearts to receive the fullness of life Jesus brings us.

God knows we will make mistakes. He knows we carry sin, not only from our own lives, but also from our generational lines. But through Christ, God offers us the opportunity to turn away from those sins (repentance is a 180-degree turning away). Repentance frees us to live the life God intends for us to live.

When you confess the sins you hold in your heart, you can follow that prayer with repentance:

God, I repent for _________. Help me to turn to You instead and to receive the life You have given me. In Jesus' name. Amen

3. I forgive

Forgiveness is also an amazing gift from God. Forgiveness not only frees us, but it also frees the people who have hurt us. This means God can work in their hearts too. God can change their hearts if we are willing to let go of our offenses.

Forgiveness does not mean, "It's okay that you hurt me." Forgiveness simply (and powerfully) means allowing God to deal with the situation on our behalf. We choose not to hold our hurt against the other person. We let that person go and move on with our lives.

One of the best articles I've read on forgivness is by Kerri Johnson of The Center for Inner Healing. She teaches about forgiveness in a very real, down-to-earth way that we can all relate to. Here, you can read her insightful article, "Wash, Rinse, Repeat."

The prayer of forgiveness goes like this:

Dear God, I choose to forgive ______ (name of the person who hurt you) for _______ (what that person did to hurt you). In Jesus' name. Amen

If you don't feel able to forgive someone yet, start with this:

Dear God, I want to forgive _______ for ________. Please help me be able to forgive. In Jesus' name. Amen

When you first forgive someone, you might not feel any change emotionally. That is okay. God simply asks for our obedience in forgiving others. Your emotions will eventually line up with your prayer of forgiveness, as God brings healing to your heart.

Try to pray each of these three prayers this week: I confess. I repent. I forgive. Start with something small; work your way up to bigger things. Pay attention to the freedom you will feel when you have prayed these prayers. God will respond in powerful ways.

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.

Why Every Intercessor Needs Inner Healing

Imagine you're on a battlefield. Your sword is broken. Your armor has holes. Your knees are weak. You keep tripping over the ground. Your enemy taunts you, and those taunts become a torment so loud you can't hear your heart pounding.

This is what it's like to be an intercessor without inner healing.

Inner healing invites God into every dark corner of your heart. Any weaknesses you have, He will expose for healing. Psalm 139:23-24 should be every intercessor's heart cry to God. It's like pouring peroxide into a wound and watching the infection bubble to the surface for healing.

When you submit your heart to God for inner healing, you are bringing your heart into His sanctification process (Philippians 2:12; Hebrews 12:15). We don't know the depths of what we hold in our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). That's why we need to ask God to show us and heal us.

If you are trying to go into battle as an intercessor, without inviting God to search every area of your heart for healing, you will find your heart is exposed to the enemy. The enemy hates intercession so he will look for any place he can grab hold of you and torment you.

It doesn't have to be that way.

Ask God to begin showing you areas of your heart that need healing. Ask Him to begin the healing process and be willing to submit your heart fully to Him.

Don't go through inner healing alone. I'm part of a whole tribe of people going through the journey of inner healing together, and we keep each other on speed dial for help, prayers, and accountability. Find your tribe and stay connected.

Lots of great inner healing ministries exist – one might be right in your neighborhood. The ministry that I love and have participated in for the past 10 years is The Center for Inner Healing. Whichever inner healing ministry you become involved in, be sure it is biblically based, Christ centered, Spirit filled, and invites heart encounters between you and Jesus for your healing.

Whatever you do, don't let the enemy take potshots at you on the battlefield of intercession. Identify the wounds in your heart and allow Jesus to bind them up (Psalm 147:3, Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18). 

Then you will be able to intercede under the shelter of God's wings (Psalm 91:4), hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:3), with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3-4).

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Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org.