Generational Sin


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My question for today is, where in scripture does it speak of generational curses, and how do you pray about something such as this.

Thank you and I pray that God continually blesses you and your ministry.


The concept of generational curses, also called generational sin, originated with Exodus 20:5 and is also found in Ex. 34:7, Numbers 14:18 & Deut. 5:9. In these passages, the Lord describes visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Him.

That doesn’t mean that God punishes children for their fathers’ sins, however. Children often manifest the same destructive behavior as their parents. Some psychologists today say this is the effect of environmental conditioning, wherein children learn sinful behavior from their parents by emulating them. Others believe there’s also a hereditary component to this. In any case, the children are being punished for their own sins, not their parents’.

Regardless of how it happens, the Lord first mentioned this judgment in the context of idolatry, and said it would be visited upon the children of those who hated Him. The curse can be broken when someone stops hating Him, and accepts His death as the complete and final punishment for their sins. (Galatians 3:13). For some, this means an immediate deliverance and for others it takes a time of prayer and re-training, putting off the old self and being made new in the attitudes of our mind (Ephesians 4:20-24). In the latter case, deliverance prayers with the laying on of hands, ongoing prayer coverage and personal support are powerful tools.