Prayer comes in different forms, but the kind I want to talk about is the kind in which you bless someone. I love to bless people because it receives a positive connotation and most people who don’t know Jesus will sometimes accept a “blessing” more so than a prayer. The dictionary definition of the word blessing means, “to confer or invoke divine favor upon; ask God to look favorably on.” When you bless someone, you are “INVOKING DIVINE FAVOR.” Wow! How cool is that?
Specifically, I want to offer you ways to bless your husband. Often times, I feel this pressure to pray these long drawn out prayers, but blessing is SO SIMPLE, yet SO EFFECTIVE.
1) Bless your husband’s decision as head of the household.
Ultimately, you and your husband should be making decisions together. You are partners in marriage, and you should be making decisions together as a family unit. However, I notice in my household, in critical decision making situations, I usually allow my husband to have the final say. I say a quiet prayer to bless his decisions in hopes God would put favor over his final word.
2) Bless your husband’s hands that provide.
I believe husbands have an innate desire to provide for their families and I believe their desire is to do it well. Their jobs is one of the most important things which matter to them, so why not pour a blessing over it? I have done this with my husband and I feel it was well received. Just before bedtime, I take his hands into mine, and say “Father, bless these hands that provide. Bless them in my husband’s workplace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
3) Bless them to be the fatherly role model your children need.
I grew up in a house where I appreciated my dad for certain things he taught me…however, there were other areas in our relationship and in my distant memory where I remember he was absent. He was physically around, but his mind was not present. I remember begging for quality time and it felt it was in rare moments he would grant some of his spare time (tv is a relationship killer…don’t get me started there – maybe for another post). On the other hand, my husband had no father growing up at all. It is because of these reasons, I feel blessing my husband as a father is instrumental to raising a family. There is a type of authority my husband has with my children that is different from my authority. We have different roles and therefore, I bless my husband as a father, so our children may have the support, wisdom, and knowledge they need to be successful adults.
4) Aaronic Blessing
If you can’t think of how to bless someone, bless them with the Aaronic blessing. This blessing is the most important blessing in the old covenant as it is in the new. The Lord instructed Aaron and his sons to speak over Israel with this blessing, so we know it must be important. It is the blessing of all blessings. It is a reminder of what we have in Christ. It encompasses blessings for peace, divine protection, prosperity, longevity, favor, etc.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:22-27
Have you blessed your husband today? If so, did it change his attitude or perspective? I would love to hear about it! I hope this post blesses you and happy blessing!