12 Jan Bless that Baby
As we were preparing for our 21 days of Prayer and Reading, I asked a few of our team members/key leaders to write a devotional. Our Worship Intern, Morgan Latham, penned the devotional you are about to read. I think she did an amazing job speaking from the heart. Check it out:
Over the holidays, I was visiting my hometown of St. Charles, MO, where my oldest sister and her husband recently were blessed with a baby boy. I was helping my sister and her husband take care of their baby, and having a great time doing so. One morning, I was sitting with the baby, and we had worship music playing in the house. The song, “The Blessing” came on and I started singing to my nephew and praying those lyrics over him and his life. The experience that day was overwhelming. The presence of the Lord was so strong that I could hardly contain myself. I immediately began searching scripture to see where the context of this song originated and this instantly became the inspiration for the devotional.
When Pastor Micky gave us this project, I knew exactly what I wanted to share.
Numbers 6: 22-27
22The LORD said to Moses, 23″Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24″‘”The LORD bless you and keep you; 25the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”‘ 27″So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Remember, Aaron’s line was the priestly line, the Levities. In verse 23, “Tell Aaron and his sons…” He is giving an instruction to the Priest of the children of God. This is important to remember, in the New Testament, under the new covenant, we (you and I) are called a kingdom of priests. 1 Peter 2:9, says “A Royal priesthood,” 1 Peter 2:5 says “To be a holy priesthood.”
As you and I are called into the Priesthood of the Lord, we are called to pray and speak blessings over those in our household, and those individuals God has placed in our lives. In verse 27, we see His name, the Powerful name of our God, will be on the people. We carry the name of Christ. As the bride takes the name of her husband, we take the name of our Bridegroom, Jesus. We live with and under His blessings.
I challenge you church to play “The Blessing” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4 on the way to work, while you are cleaning, or whenever you have a few minutes. I challenge you to pray over your children (future children), Spouse (future spouse), believers, and non-believers. And remember to Pray over our church! We want His blessing on everything we do in 2021.