During this national week of Thanksgiving, we invite you to
participate each day in a blessing exercise. Blessing is a biblical practice
seen in the lifestyles of the men and women whom we read about
and admire in scriptures. We think there is contemporary value
to be gained by adding blessing to your practice of praying.
WHAT "BLESSING PRAYER" IS
Blessing, as a spiritual practice, is the art of being spiritually present to others through prayer. It is asking God to surround a particular person or situation with love, healing and peace.
HOW TO DO "BLESSING PRAYER"
Begin by finding a comfortable and quiet place. While you could be sitting with a cup of coffee for this exercise, you just as easily be standing or walking. Take several slow and deep breaths, letting go of any tension in your neck and shoulders. Imagine YOU are being held in God's gentle, tender and loving hands. Savor that picture for a few moments in your imagination.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO PRAY THE BLESSING PRAYER
On Day One, begin by blessing a person who is important to you. Bring that person to mind as bodily as possible. Imagine their face, hair color, facial expressions. In this mental image, hold them there and extend love and grace to them. Now imagine they are being held in the gentle, tender and loving hands of God. Allow them to rest there in God's hands for a few moments. Now pray this blessing to God for this important person:
- Bless them God, God, with your love.
- Bless them with your healing.
- Bless them with your peace.
Take several deep breaths. Perhaps repeat the blessing a second time.
Throughout the day, bless other persons important to you.