Numbers 6 gives us some fabulous insight into the practice of praying blessings over others:
The Lord said to Moses,
“Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’
“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
I have seen families change in huge ways because of this tiny little habit, because it is like a pebble thrown into the water – its ripples continue changing lives, far beyond the initial habit.
Why is that? Why do Biblical blessings have such an impact? There are three keys that we learn from this passage in Numbers.
3 keys to the Biblical blessing:
1) The Biblical blessing is about God.
It’s not simply a prayer, or a wish for your child. Blessing your child is adding to your child’s life by enlisting the support of the Lord God, passing on HIS blessings to your child.
Since God is eternal, and is faithful to do more than all we could ask or imagine, this is a pretty phenomenal partnership.
2) As we bless our kids, God will put his name on them.
Our children will receive a lot of labels in their lives, some innocent and many hurtful, but praying blessings over them can make those labels fall right off.
Just like the nations around Israel knew that they were The People Of Yahweh, your child can be known as The Child of Yahweh.
3) We bless our kids so GOD will bless our kids.
Right there in Numbers 6, God promises that when the leaders prayed over their flock with a blessing from God, he would bless them. What an incredible promise!
God’s blessings are gracious and generous, and have immense power to change the lives of our children forever.
Would you like to learn more about how to bless your child?
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Remember, blessing your child has incredible spiritual impact, but it can’t have an impact if you don’t start doing it. So take advantage of this challenge and begin today!
This article originally appeared at Christie’s blog.