February 12, 2017
Praying God's Blessing, Part 2
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 upon 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." Numbers 6:22-27
Aaron's "Priestly Blessing" is a great prayer to pray for our children. I introduced this prayer yesterday and considered the first three requests. Here are the final four.
... and be gracious to you ... Grace is God's undeserved favor. He gives us what we don't deserve. Father, thank You for Your gift of grace. I pray that gift is poured out on my children. Following the great gift of salvation, please show them your kindness and love in all the endeavors of their lives.
... the Lord turn his face toward you ... Here is a request for God's fellowship. Father, thank You that because of their trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in my children. Please walk with them in a powerful way. Enable them to submit to the Spirit's control day by day and moment by moment.
... and give you peace. The Hebrew word for peace used here is "shalom." It means "completeness, wholeness, and contentment." Lord, please calm my children's fears; soothe their anxious souls. Keep them complete and whole in their thoughts, emotions, desires, and actions.
So they will put my name on ___________ (the name of your child/children). This is a request of identification. Lord, please place Your holy mark on my children. Set them apart to be used by You. I love them but You love them more. You love them with an everlasting love. May they represent You well on their earthly journey. And when their journey is completed, welcome them home to live forever with You. In Jesus' name. Amen.