This week, in our One-Year Daily Bible reading we read this Scripture which describes what is a known as the priestly blessing. This is a great verse to memorize and use regularly in your life—Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
A blessing was one way of asking for God’s divine favour to rest upon other people. The ancient blessing in these verses helps us understand what a blessing was supposed to do in their lives. It’s five parts conveyed the hope that God would:
Bless and protect them… with God’s divine favour and protection.
Smile on them… in other words be pleased with them.
Be gracious… meaning God would be merciful and compassionate.
Show His favour towards them… meaning God would give His approval on their lives.
Give peace… the peace of God that passes all understanding would fill their hearts and minds.
When you ask God to bless others or yourself, you are asking him to do these five powerful things in their lives.
The blessing you offer will not only help the one receiving it, but it will also demonstrate love, encourage others, and provide a model of caring to others.
Using this priestly blessing as a guide, let me pray a pastoral blessing over your life as an example of how you can pray a blessing over someone else:
Now may the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smiles on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favour and give you peace. May you live in the confidence that you are a child of God. Your past has been washed whiter than snow by the blood of Jesus, the Son of God. God does not see sin that has been washed in the blood of His Son. Live with all confidence that your future is in the hand of God and no one can take you out of His hand. The Lord is God and there is none like Him, not in the heavens above or in the earth or the worlds beneath. From everlasting to everlasting, He is God. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Who can you speak a blessing over this week?