Parent’s Prayer of Blessing for Children
“The [Hebrew] father’s place in the [traditional Jewish] home is fittingly shown by the beautiful custom of blessing the children, a custom which dates back to Isaac and Jacob. To this day, in many homes, the father blesses his children on Friday nights, on Rosh Hashanah eve and on Yom Kippur before leaving for the synagogue….
“In very ancient times, the father or patriarch was the ruler of home and family. He made laws and enforced them. Later, however, laws were instituted by teachers, parents, judges and kings. The father, as the master of the house, was looked up to for support and depended on for guidance.”2
The following prayer, based on a translation of the traditional Hebrew father’s blessing upon his children, may be used by the head of the household, whether male or female.
Father, I receive, welcome and acknowledge each of my children as a delightful blessing from You. I speak Your blessings upon them and over them.
2 Ben M. Edidin, Jewish Customs and Ceremonies (New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1941), p. 23.
Children, I bless you in the name of Jesus, proclaiming the blessings of God, my Redeemer, upon you. May He give you wisdom, a reverential fear of God and a heart of love.
May He create in you the desire to attend to His words, a willing and obedient heart that you may consent and submit to His sayings and walk in His ways. May your eyes look straight ahead with purpose for the future. May your tongue be as the pen of a ready writer, writing mercy and kindness upon the tablets of your heart. May you speak the truth in love. May your hands do the works of the Father; may your feet walk the paths which He has foreordained for you.
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living their lives in the truth.
May the Lord prepare you and your future mate to love and honor one another, and may He grant to your union upright sons and daughters who will live in accordance with His Word. May your source of livelihood be honorable and secure, so that you will earn a living with your own hands. May you always worship God in spirit and in truth.
I pray above all things that you may always prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. …I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome (Jer. 29:11 amp).
In the name of Jesus, amen.
If you would like to continue to pray for our children and youth, Germaine suggests that you pray the Prayers for Children to be found in the Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition or help your children pray the prayers in either the Prayers That Avail Much for Teens or Prayers That Avail Much for Kids books.
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Proverbs 4:20 1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 niv
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