Have you ever prayed a blessing over your child? It’s ok if you haven’t, or if you don’t know any specific blessings. I am grateful to have grown up with my parents speaking a blessing over me each night before I went to bed, and this is a special tradition that I now continue with my own children.
Praying blessings over your children is an important activity that we can do as parents, and they are easy to learn. These blessings serve many purposes. They model the significance and meaning of prayer to our children in their everyday life. Blessings can also serve as a balm and an encouragement at the end of a long and difficult day. They remind our children of our love for them and, more importantly, God the Father’s love and good plans for them as well.
I love the idea of my child falling asleep with the knowledge of God’s promises being the last thing he’s heard. It’s a wonderful way to remind him of his inherent worth, value, and dignity as God’s child, and it helps to refute the hurts, lies, and pains that he has experienced throughout his day.
In this regard, praying blessings over our children is a form of encouragement and protection. Ever since I started saying the following blessings over my son, he has looked forward to this part of his bedtime routine. He eagerly lies down in his bed, so that I can lay my hand on his head and sing over him. I catch him smiling as I bless him, and sometimes he even likes to say the blessing back to me.
Here are the 3 blessings that I speak over my children each night:
“May God bless you and keep you. May his face shine upon your face. May He be gracious to you. May you find favor in His eyes. May you have peace all of your days.” Numbers 6:24-26
“May the Lord keep you from all harm as you trust in Him. May He watch over your life, your coming and your going, both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8
“May God make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
What blessing could you speak over your child?