The Intercessory Prayer of Blessing
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble . . . May He send you help . . . May He remember all your offerings...
There are few expressions of love greater than an intercessory prayer of blessing. Abraham prayed a blessing on Isaac, Isaac for Jacob, and Jacob for Manasseh and Ephraim. There was little more coveted by the patriarchs than to receive this prayer of blessing. Consider the command given Moses for the children of Israel, “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘this is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.’”(1) May we have this heart toward God’s people. May we be ready and willing to bless those God has placed in our charge and care. May our children covet our blessing as their greatest inheritance. The power to bless remains. The same Spirit that dwelt in the patriarchs of the Word dwells in us. Therefore, give a blessing.
(1) Numbers 6:22-26
Thought For The Night
“We never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray!” Leonard Ravenhill (1907–1994) British Evangelist.
Evening TextPsalm 20:1-3: May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;…may He send you help,…may He remember all your offerings.
Looking for Answers
Will God bless what we bless? Consider Matthew 18:18
Have you ever received a verbal blessing from someone?
Whom would God have you bless?
Evening Study GuideDefining: A biblical blessing is a pronounced, solemn, prophetic benediction, in which happiness is desired, invoked, or foretold.
Referencing: “Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death,” Deuteronomy 33:1
Applying: Bless more than a sneeze. Bless your wife/husband, parents/children, and dear friend. If you are graced enough, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse,” Romans 12:14