Blessing Children: Calling Those Things That be Not as Though They Were
In Jewish homes it is customary for children to receive blessings from their parents on Shabbat (Friday evening – a holy day). The custom derives from when Jacob, while on his death bed, laid his hand on the heads of Ephraim & Manasseh and blessed them (Genesis 48:20). Can you imagine a world in which every parent and care giver blessed the children under their care? Imagine if for every instance where you felt like scolding a child you’d open your mouth and only blessings would pour out? Imagine what that would do for the child. Imagine if you replaced every tendency to speak negatively about a child by saying just one positive thing about that child. Imagine what the world would look like.
Strong’s Hebrew 1293 defines blessing (brakah) as “benediction; by implication. prosperity – blessing, liberal, pool, present” (e.g.”The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” Deuteronomy 28:8). Strong’s Hebrew 833 also defines bless (asher) as “To be straight (used in the widest sense especially to be level, right, happy), to go forward, be honest; prosper – to be called blessed, happy; go, guide, lead, relieve” (e.g. “The Lord will protect him and keep him alive; he shall be called blessed in the land; and You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.” Psalms 41:2). What a difference it would make if we blessed our children at all times and in all circumstances regardless of their behavior or attitude and regardless of how we felt about it!
The word of God instructs us to calls those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). In the simplest form this means to confess (i.e. make a verbal proclamation) of what you want your child to grow into and the life you want your child to have. When you speak blessings over your child, to your child, and about your child you’re not only nourishing their souls but you’re also clearing the path before them for success by waging war against any and all things that could hinder or derail them in life. I challenge you to speak life into your child and the children around you for the next 40 consecutive days. You’ll see change not only in your child but in you! Below is a blessing prayer to help you get started …moms simply insert “mother” when you pray for your child.
Father’s Blessing Prayer
My Child, I love you! You are special! You are a gift from God. I thank God for allowing me to be a father to you. I bless you with the healing of all wounds of rejection, neglect, and abuse that you have suffered. I bless you with overflowing peace, the peace that only the Prince of Peace can give you, a peace beyond comprehension. I bless your life with fruitfulness – good fruit, much fruit and fruit that remains. I bless you with success. You are the head and not the tail; you are above and not beneath. I bless you with health and strength of body, soul and spirit. I bless you with overflowing prosperity, enabling you to be a blessing to others. I bless you with spiritual influence, for you are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. You are like a tree planted by rivers of water. You will prosper in all your ways. I bless you with a depth of spiritual understanding and a close walk with your Lord. You will not stumble or falter, for the Word of God will be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. I bless you with pure and edifying relationships in life. You have favor with God and man. I bless you with abounding love. You will minister God’s comforting grace to others. You are blessed, my child! You are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. Amen!
The Father’s Blessing Imparting The Blessing of God To Your Children
By Frank D. Hammond, 2001