August 15, 2014

Bless Me, Indeed

Imagine you have just finished unloading your car for your daughter who has officially moved into the freshman dorm at the college which will be her home for the next year.

Just before you are ready to leave for your trip home, your daughter takes your hand, and says, “There’s just one more thing before you go. Will you please give me your blessing?”

What parent wouldn’t be thrilled to receive such a request?

In his best seller, The Prayer of Jabez, author Bruce Wilkinson directs the readers’ attention to the Old Testament book of 1st Chronicles.  

There, among a long, boring list of unpronounceable names like Hahahashtari and Mahalalela a pearl is revealed, the Prayer of Jabez:
O, that you would bless me and enlarge my boundaries! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm . . .
Jesus said, "If you being flawed know how to bless your children, how much more your heavenly Father wishes to bless you.” How pleasing it must be to our Father in Heaven when we ask for his blessing.