Prayer Blessings from Scripture
A most powerful way of enriching your life or the life of another is to bless with Scripture. This concept may seem foreign. Most of us have not grown up in churches where blessing is a focus.
But clearly, God has given us instruction to bless:
Luke 6:28 (Jesus speaking)
Bless those who curse you and pray for those who despitefully use you.
Bless: eulogeo #2127 in Strong’s
Word Wealth in the Spirit Filled Life Bible sums up eulogeo as: to speak well of, praise, extol, bless abundantly, give thanks.
And God has given us choices:
Deuteronomy 30:19 (God speaking through Moses to the Israelites)
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
What most of us lack is the understanding of HOW to bless, probably for
• lack of role models
• lack of understanding the power and importance of blessing
These are explanations, but not good excuses.
You and I are Kingdom people
privileged to release blessings over
• loved ones
• enemies (better yet!)
In a world where the negative is dominant everywhere, what kind of change could you effect if you became a serious dispenser of blessing? Positive overwhelms negative and light dispels darkness. Why WOULD we hold back?
If you and I commit today to more seriously release blessings as part of our prayer life, as part of our Christian walk, we will take our places among those world changers who know this secret.
Bless with Scripture - Two Things Happen:
1. The power of God resident in the Word gets released into the situation over which you are praying. That power is creative, beautiful, and loving. It is renewing and transformational.
• Could you use a good dose of this?
• Who in you life has need of such spiritual nurture as this?
• What situations around you need the power of God released into them?
Up close or distant, blessings are not limited by space.
2. As you bless with Scripture, that Scripture gets into your conscious and subconscious.
• This deposit renews your mind, changes your behavior, delivers new outcomes.
(Remember, light dispels darkness!)
• You are changed.
• You become more confident, peaceful, focused.
• You are benefiting from the two-edged sword of God’s word:
it swings out to effect change and swings back to effect change in you.
God is so efficient in all His workings!
Get Started Blessing:
You can bless in scores of ways: a smile, a helping hand, a word of encouragement, a good hot meal… Who can assess the value of such acts? But, the Word of God is spirit and life. (John 6:63) When you bless yourself or anyone else by proclaiming Scripture, far more than your personal power is put into motion. You come into partnership with God and His power: the power resident in His Word.
The Power of God’s Word Keeps On And On:
Remember The Power of Words? God’s creative power is released through His Word. God spoke creation into existence. Our universe is increasing as you read this. It is increasing and the speed of sound. A possible conclusion is that what God spoke in the beginning is still moving, creating, blessing:
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Pray the truth and blessings of God’s Word and you pray not only out of your own heart and intent, but out of the heart and intent of God. The power of Heaven is released in response to your prayer-blessings. And the power of the blessing does not stop until its purpose is accomplished.
It doesn’t get any better than this!
When Will You See Results?
That is up to God and His wisdom. If you pray blessings today and don’t see results by evening, don’t believe that you prayed in vain. Also, the results may surprise you. After all, God is at work and His plans are bigger than yours or mine. Let me make my point by introducing the Snow Pack: an encouraging explanation of what is happening.
The Snow Pack
Years ago I listened to Arthur Burk of Plumbline Ministries encourage some young mothers to pray Scripture over their children. (A year later Arthur produced recorded Blessings for Babies.) He based his encouragement on Isaiah 55:11 and developed this explanation of the Snow Pack:
God’s word is like rain, like snow. It will water what it lands on. We cooperate in the distribution of this moisture by pouring it out in prayer over people, over situations. Sometimes we see immediate results, immediate watering of a life or situation. That prayer went forth as rain. It was released and sunk in immediately. We see quick results in these cases. Problem is: we are not the ones who determine whether our prayers land as rain or as snow.
Now the snow prayers may seem like a failure because you don’t see quick results. But, if you live in a place like California that depends on a deep snow pack in the mountains for it’s water supply, you know that snow is a God-send.
Summer warmth starts the snow melting just when the water needs are highest. A steady supply of fresh water comes down the streams and rivers to the valley below. Farmers irrigate. People drink and bathe. Gardens grow.
A similar scenario plays out with prayer. Release Scripture prayer and it can pile up like a snow pack. When the heat is on, when trouble comes, the snow begins to melt and soak into that troubled ground.
Can you imagine! It’s better than an insurance policy!
The Gift of Blessing Yourself
So, you can see the great benefit of praying Scripture over your own life, over the lives of those you care about.
To jumpstart your praying in this way, use Blessing Your Spirit by Arthur Burk and Sylvia Gunter. The forty days of prayers in this book will bless, inspire, and call you up higher. Click the link above for more information or to order the book.
One woman told me that each day the prayer she prays from Blessing Your Spirit prepares her for what’s ahead. She said it is almost prophetic.
I have prayed through this book countless times for myself and for others. Yet, each day something strikes me as new, stirs me in a fresh way.
You will find this prayer-aid invaluable for keeping you on your prayer target in those days and times when you are not particularly inspired and original in your own prayer. You know… on those days when not all your spiritual cylinders are firing.
The Gift of Blessing Others
Make a list of those closest and dearest to include when you pray these prayers for yourself. I handle these prayers in that way.
But, one woman told me she felt led to pray each prayer three times. Once for herself, once for her son, and once for her daughter. Obviously, she had to make some time each day to do this.
By the end of the 40 days, her daughter-in-law told her that this had been the best 40 days of their marriage.
On day 41 the young man took his wife’s car keys, her car, and wrecked it. He had been battling drugs. That day he gave into the temptation and took off with the car. He happened to wreck it in front of the fire station, which was providential since the car burst into flames. The firemen pulled the young man from the inferno. He had no burns but the car was consumed. The forty-day snow pack melted!
The policeman who came to the scene was so stunned by the fact that the young man was not killed, he forgot to file a report. The firemen are still trying to understand what happened. And the young man is home dealing with the reality that God reached into his life and delivered him from a dreadful death. If there is anything stronger than drugs, it’s the love of God released through the prayers of those who care for you!
Needless to say, Mama is holding tightly to her copy of Blessing Your Spirit. The war is not over, but a great battle for the life of her son has been won.
Your words carry creative power, for better or worse.
Choose the better and BLESS!
If you and I commit today to more seriously release the blessings as part of our prayer life, as part of our Christian walk, we will take our places among those world changers who know this secret.
Choose to check this book out more closely or order it.
Follow this link: Blessing Your Spirit
Baby Blessings – recorded Scripture blessings for young ones
No Storm Too Great! – recorded prayer based on Psalm 91
Prayer Affirmations for the Journey _ recorded Scripture prayer: change
your life by changing your mind!
Confession of Faith: Understanding the dynamic of Scripture prayer