Speak These Blessings Often!
Have regular times when you lay your hands on your child’s head. Speak (or whisper) the words with the quiet confidence that 1) you are privileged by the living God to declare this blessing, and 2) God Himself will attend to the word spoken because it is His Word you are speaking according to His will.
Avoid letting this practice become either a legalistic or ritualistic exercise. The formation of a habit of blessing is not unworthy, but variety in conferring the blessing may be very desirable.
To assist in achieving variety, consider varying your blessing by invoking different compound names of the Lord and praying for Him to apply the power evident in each term to the need of the child. Listed below are the most commonly referenced compound names of Jehovah, the trait of His person to which each refers and a suggestion of how to use the name:
Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Our Provider (see Gen. 22:14): Speak a blessing in the face of specific need, whatever realm the need may represent.
Jehovah-Raah: The Lord Our Shepherd (see Ps. 23:1): Speak a blessing with the reminder of God’s never-forsaking presence and protection.
Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord Our Peace (see Judg. 6:24): Speak a blessing that will comfort in the midst of turmoil or upset.
Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord Our Healer (see Ex. 15:26): Speak a blessing that calls for God’s grace of healing, knowing that He wants to heal the sick.
Jehovah-Nissi: The Lord Our Victory (see Ex. 17:15): Speak a blessing that reminds the child that the battle is not theirs but the Lord’s.
Jehovah-Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness (see Ps. 23:3): Speak a blessing that declares how justice (righteousness) will come from God, even when unfair circumstances seem to be dominating.
Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord Is Present (see Ezek. 48:35): Speak a blessing that deepens the assurance of the Lord’s attendant care and keeping presence.
As you bless, always see that your demeanor conveys the spirit and heart of our loving, living God. He not only wants to bless that child, but He also has called you and me to accept the responsibility for directly inviting that blessing.
The expression on your face, the tone with which you speak, the touch of your hand placed upon the child’s head or shoulder, and the time and timing of your conferral of the blessing all should be appropriate to the moment and contribute to the child’s sense of being loved because they are being blessed.
Use this prayer of dedication (as often as you need to) as you bless and minister to children:
“Father, I am astounded that You would confer upon me the overwhelming privilege of being Your representative in both announcing and pronouncing Your blessing upon a child. As I receive this truth, I make this declaration:
“‘You are my God, and it is Your almighty throne I honor in this action of blessing children.
“‘I denounce any notion that my words are the source of the power in this blessing, but I also deny any idea that suggests my words are unimportant in this dramatic transaction.
“‘The fact that You make me Your middle person, reaching to heaven—to Your throne and then to a child, who is Your created wonder and given to me to love and serve—is an awesome wonder in my sight.’
“And so I ask You to help me minister blessings always with the wisdom, faith and gentle grace that will cause the children in my life to know by that blessing how beloved they are by You and by me. Amen.”