The flat out truth is that we (the younger generation) desperately NEED the older generation if we hope to see sustained revival. Sure, they won’t be on the everyday battlefields as we are, but their role is just as vital. I have found that if I align my heart with my Spiritual Fathers then I receive what they have. The Lord set it up this way.
Proverbs 24:6 “For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” (NASB)
Isn’t it in all of us to go further that those who have gone before? OR do we want to fight the same battles they have fought just to reach the same place? No way. By submitting ourselves to and honoring our Spiritual Fathers we now start where they finished. All of their lifetime experiences, their wisdom, their mistakes, their accomplishments, their insights, and their guidance that took a lifetime to reach can be ours. This could save someone from 20 years of ministry mistakes and replace it with blessings! Think of it as a spiritual inheritance from a father to a son. EVERYTHING thing they have is now joyfully yours, and their ceiling becomes your floor. Now we can take their torch and do things they never even DREAMED of for the Kingdom of God!
So as the large trees in a forest protect the growing saplings below, and as Moses is raising the Rod of the Lord, we, as a generation can go out fully protected and fully covered in prayer to fight the new battles and to take the new ground. And this ground could very well be the heart and mind of America to be humbled and “repent… and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19 NIV).
Pray to the Lord and ask him to bring you fathers and mothers, and position yourself to receive and honor them.