Do you ever pray a blessing over your child/children?
There are several “Blessing challenges” that are becoming popular. The intent is to encourage parents to pray a blessing on their child. Parents call on God, asking Him to personally envelope the child in God’s love, protection, & care.
The blessing does not take long, but the impact is powerful. Below are some Scripture verses that can be used as part of the blessing. Under the Scripture verses there is a link to an in-depth series on one of the more popular Blessing challenges (via Focus on the Family).
Consider adding “blessings’ to your life, & the lives of your children:
“You are my son/daughter, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” (Mark 1:11 MSG)
“‘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.”’
“The Lord created your inmost being, he knit you together in your mother’s womb…you are fear
fully and wonderfully made, all
the Lord’s works arewonderful.” (Psalm 139: 1314)
“The Lord has incredible plans for your life, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Dear Heavenly Father…
- “I pray that __________’s identity will be firmly rooted and established in Christ’s love, and that __________ may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to knowthis love that surpasses knowledge—that he/she may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19).
- Let ______ grow as Jesus did, in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52).
- “Show ________that he/she is fearfully and wonderfully made, and that your works are wonderful. Teach her that he/she is precious in your sight, and that you love him/her.” (Psalm 139:14; Isaiah 43:4).
A blessing shows your family how important and necessary God is in our lives. Parents are also extremely important. Parents are able to teach and provide their children with many valuable lessons & tools. A blessing is one such treasure. Take a few moments to read about blessings:
Kids today thirst for parental acceptance — they long for their mother and father to reinforce their worth.Meeting your child’s need for affirmation doesn’t have to be difficult. One way is to do what I call “the blessing.” Continue reading… If link does not open, go to www.focusonthefamily.com