My son celebrated his 15th birthday on Saturday and before he went to bed, my husband and I prayed a special blessing over him. This was something we started some years ago for all of our children. We realized how important this was for our children and so we became very intentional about it.
When our first two children celebrated their 13th birthday, we had a very special celebration and invited men and women to write letters of blessings and encouragement to them, we would end the evening with these people laying hands on our children and praying for them.
The power of the blessing is so important, there is life and death in the tongue so whenever we speak, we are speaking either life or death. We are sowing seeds that we won’t be able to take back.
“The things we say can either infuse life, hope, joy, and confidence to our children or be used to crush their fragile egos and damage their developing identities.” Brian D. Molitor
I think of how Esau begged and pleaded with his father for a blessing after his brother stole his birthright. “Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.” Genesis 27:38
Esau was desperate for a blessing, for his father to affirm him. How many of our children are silently echoing the cries of Esau?
Children are also being bombarded daily with many different messages, even curses. They too have an enemy seeking to destroy them. We can counteract that with intentional blessing. We can choose to speak life into the lives of our children daily.
7 Verses about the giving of a blessing
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Genesis 9:1
“When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?” Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” And he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.” Genesis 48:8
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him. Genesis 49:28
Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David! You will do many things and will succeed in them.” So David went his way, and Saul returned to his place.1 Samuel 26:25
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. Mark 10:15-16
Note that one of the last things Jesus did before he ascended was to bless his disciples.
And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. Luke 24:50-51
Let us choose to bless others, to speak encouragement and affirmation.
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.”’ Number 6:22-26
Who can you bless today?