"By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, 'bowing in worship over the top of his staff' " (Hebrews 11:21).
It's a great honor and a great responsibility to speak words of blessing over our children. Sunday morning was another opportunity for me to take that responsibility and authority in my children's lives. They were here from the various cities where they now live and we decided to have "home church" at the house together.
I spoke to them about Jacob's life, how he had many struggles and failures in his life and family. And I admitted I have had my own. Yet it was in Jacob's heart to bless his children with a father's blessing, that each would know their heavenly Father's heart for each of them, expressed in a measure through their earthly father. And the same was in my heart for each of them. May they receive both their heavenly Father's blessing and their earthly father's blessing from the Father heart of God:
Father God, in the name of Jesus, and by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit moving in each of my children's lives, I pray they would know You and grow daily in a personal and intimate relationship with You. I pray their hearts would be humble in honoring dependence upon You alone, yet full of faith to know You're always with them, always loving them, always guiding them. Let them embrace Your loving correction and experience Your awesome power. Let them discover the gifting, calling, anointing, and destiny they each uniquely have in You, as they grow in the certainty and confidence of their true identity in You. Hold them close and surround them with Your holy angels, to guard them, fight for them, and minister alongside them. Bless them with the Godly marriages, friendships, and relationship that You have chosen for them throughout the seasons of their lives. Let Your favor and blessing rest upon them and upon their children and children's children, throughout all generations to come. Open doors of Your opportunities, with favor and anointing so that they prosper in their calling and fulfill their destiny, finding their place in establishing Your Kingdom, with the Body and Bride of Christ. Give them compassionate, generous hearts to radically love You and love people, with a healthy love for themselves as You have created them to be. Help them choose well and live their lives for You, wholly surrendered to You and fully trusting You to know best for each of them. Give them mercy and grace for others and for themselves through every sin and failure that leads them to repentance in Your forgiveness and teaches them Your ways. May they be rooted and grounded in Your Word. May they be guided and empowered by Your Spirit. May their lives be fulfilling, bearing much fruit by Your Holy Spirit, continually filling them and forever abiding with them, as they grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and with man. Make them more like Jesus every day. And in the power of Your grace, please bless them with Your Father's blessing in every way I've failed and every way they need, because the truth is You love them even more than I or any earthly father ever could. Let them never doubt that they are always loved by You and by me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Tommy, may you know the fullness of Your Father's Blessing deep down in your heart and throughout the moments of days, in Jesus' name. God bless you, my friend. Thank you for your prayers and blessings for me.
Be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill your destiny in Christ!
Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries
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