Then he blessed Joseph and said,‘May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has beenmy shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm – may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth.’
As Jacob is about to die he blesses his sons and passes on God's promises to them. He has an approach to God's blessing that is much longer than my individual view.
I am the result of God working in generations before me. By His grace I will be part of what God is doing in my family in generations long after I've gone.
My prayers should not just be for me and my children but their children's children's children.