Blessings: What would Jesus do?

I don’t know how or when it started, but for years now I’ve signed off with “blessings!” — both in writing and in videos.

Perhaps this practice started over twenty years ago when I began studying Jesus’s prayer life. This is what I’ve noticed about his blessing practices.

– Jesus blessed children (Mark 10:16).

– He instructed the disciples to bless the home of someone willing to house them as they traveled in pairs to spread the good news (Luke 10:5).

– He also gave thanks — a blessing — over food, as we see in the feeding of thousands (Matthew 14:19-21). It had been the practice of the Jews to say a blessing AFTER a meal; Jesus switched this up by offering the blessing in advance.

– Jesus also blessed the disciples before he ascended to heaven (Luke 24:50-53).

What I noticed is that Jesus didn’t ask for blessings for himself. He didn’t say, “Bless me, Lord!” as we might do today. His teachings and practice show that he asked for God’s favor and care for others.

When I prayerwalk my town, I ask for God’s favor and blessings for the people in homes, businesses, schools, government buildings — and that they would know those blessings were coming from God and commit their lives to him in love and service.

So, today I pray for you: “Lord, bless this reader today. Show your favor on her or him by granting a heart’s desire or easing a burden. And may that sweet blessing draw this reader into a deeper love, faith, and life of service that glorifies you, in Jesus’s name. Amen.”

This is just a little chunk of the teaching from Janet’s book, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus: What Jesus Prayed and How It Will Change Your Life Today — which is the only comprehensive book on Jesus’s prayer life . . . his prayers, his prayer practices, and his teachings on prayer. It is available here: https://www.janetmchenry.com/lookingup/specials. With your order she will also send you her FREE ebook, Prayer Helps: Scripture-Based Prayers When You Don’t Know How to Pray

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