Generational curses

Are there persistent sicknesses, childbearing difficulties, mental troubles, strife, financial difficulties, adultery, abuses and other deep-rooted sins in our family lines through the generations? The presence of a generational curse means that life won’t go smoothly for us either. Thank God that He will cleanse us of our family’s sins and curses and reconcile us to Him when we pray.

(See Chinese versions: 简体中文 > 世代相传的咒诅 | 繁體中文 > 世代相傳的咒詛)


Romans 5:10-11 ESV  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

A prayer to break generational curses

Dear Heavenly Father, 

I come before Your throne acknowledging that Jesus is my Saviour and that He paid the price for all sins and curses with His blood sacrifice on the cross. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Galatians 3:13 ESV  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

I am so sorry for my sins, as well as that of my family’s, that continue to continue to cause a rift between You and me, and I’m grateful for Your eternal redemption through Jesus. Thank you that when we confess our sins, You are faithful to forgive us.

1 John 1:9 ESV  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Today, I wish to confess the sins of my forefathers, both that of my father’s and my mother’s family lines, to the third and fourth generations before me. (List as many as you have managed to investigate and uncover, particularly all forms of idol and ancestor worship.)

Leviticus 26:40 ESV  “But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, 

In Jesus’ name, I would like to ask for forgiveness for following in my father’s and my mother’s footsteps to (name the sins you know of). (Continue with any other grandparents, great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents that you may know of.)

I also choose to forgive them for (name any lingering grievance/s you may personally hold against your parents or other relatives) so that I am guiltless with regards to their ways. I choose the ways of Jesus, who is full of mercy and grace. I leave all judgments to my Saviour.

Matthew 6:15 ESV  but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Father God, please release me from all the curses that have been passed down to me as a result of all these sins and grievances. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 ESV  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

In the powerful name of Jesus, at whose name every knee must bow, I break these generational curses over me. Thank you that just as Jesus said, “It is finished!” when He paid for our sins on the cross, I can have full confidence that these generational curses have been broken in the name of Jesus when I pray in faith. 

Philippians 2:9-10 ESV  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Today, I also cut off ungodly spiritual ties with my family, especially their ties to demons or evil spirits through any form of idol worship, whether done intentionally or unintentionally. I command all spirits that have oppressed me as a result of idol worship, occult, witchcraft or fortunetelling practices in my ancestry to leave me in the name of Jesus.

Deuteronomy 13:6,8-9 ESV  “If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife you embrace or your friend who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ … you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. But you shall kill him…

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, please bring to my memory anything else that I need to confess.

John 16:13 ESV  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for Your generosity to Your children, and for Your promise to cleanse us and turn our sorrow into joy through Jesus. I ask for a day I will be able to testify to the unbelievers in our family so that they too, will be reconciled to You one day.

1 John 1:9 ESV  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

With joy, I return to Your arms of love, grateful that You are patient, compassionate and full of grace.

Psalm 145:8 ESV  The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

In Jesus’ name, amen!


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