If you are new to the "blessing exercise," no worries. It is simple to do and powerful in its effect. At its core it is the desire of your heart for persons and situations to be immersed in the goodness of Living God.
While there is nothing magical about ancient Christian prayer forms, it is sometimes helpful to see how others before us have approached prayer and made it a meaningful spiritual exercise in their era and circumstances. Such is the Blessing Prayer--a resource from another time with ever-contemporary impact.
Here is how it works: you conspire with Living God to send into the life of a person, or into the middle of a situation, love, tenderness, healing, goodness, etc. It is believed the benefits for that other person/situation as well as for you are tangible and real. We are doing some of that frontline experimentation right now, testing that idea. Your notes about your experience help us all learn about more about the power of blessing. You can share them on our facebook page: facebook.com/upperroomcc.
Here is the focus for Day Three of the Blessing Exercise: fill some place within you with blessing.
After getting settled and centered, let your imagination wander over your life and situation. Just let it wander; do not control it or try to attempt to make it land in a certain place. It may take you to a place of beauty and joy. It may take you to a harder place. Either way, thank God for the chance to be present with Living God in that place so important to you. As that place or situation comes into focus, sit with it for a few moments, picture it, sense its impact on you and others in your life.
Now, as an act of ministry in partnership with Redeemer God, say this simple prayer:
Bless me, God, with your love.
Bless me, God, with your healing.
Bless me, God, with your peace.
Say the spoken prayer slowly. Savor the service that Living God is doing in you because of your daring to seek God's blessing. Sense where the prayer leads your imagination and thoughts and feelings. Perhaps sit in silence a few moments. Then repeat the words.
As opportunity arises throughout the day, repeat the exercise.