Lord, I believe everyone desires to be blessed. I truly do. But many people did not grow up receiving a blessing.
One result is that very few people know how to give a blessing to others. The overused “Bless you” when someone sneezes carries little meaning.
Culturally, Jewish parents recite a blessing over their children every Shabbat (Sabbath) at Friday dinner. In Old Testament times, before they died, Hebrew fathers spoke blessings over their sons as a way of passing on the leadership and possessions of the family. Both of these have a prophetic piece to them, as well as words of favor resting on the receiver.
Even before that, You blessed Your creation of man and woman. It was an empowerment for them to be all You created them to be; a release from any and all restrictions or limitations preventing them from reaching their potential to participate in their divine purpose.
In Hebrew, the verb form “to bless” means “to kneel;” while the noun for “blessing” means “a gift or present.” So the concept is to bring or receive a gift or present, something of value, while kneeling out of respect.
The one who receives a blessing is changed, energized, empowered and enabled by the gift or the words of blessing.
Lord God, would You bless each one of us right now. Bless every reader as they speak this prayer, with the full definition of the meaning of the Hebrew word for bless:
Heavenly Father, infuse us, fill us, permeate us, saturate us with unlimited potential to achieve all You would invite us to do that will glorify You and bring honor to Your Name.
Release us from any restriction or limitation, whether physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, psychological, social, financial or personal that would prevent us or hold us back from becoming all You created us to be.
Empower, energize and enable us to reach the fullness of our divine purpose.
We kneel before You to receive this divine blessing. Amen