I woke up this morning and was reminded of the power of Jesus and its ability to cover my sons. We've been talking about family all month in church from the pulpit and as a mother, I want to practice what I preach. The blood of Jesus covers sin and cleanses hearts. Because I know this, I always ask The Lord to teach my sons His ways so they grow up to know Him as Lord and friend. But as I kept thinking I was reminded of the priestly blessing we spoke of yesterday that Moses told the priests to pray over the children of Israel.
This is what really got me excited.... And I'll get to the prayer in a minute, but when I know God has told someone in the bible to do something, it's His desires and His plans to see it done. And when our Heavenly Father tells us how to pray to Him, it shows how much He
desires to be what we need and do for us what no one can. Every now and then I'm reminded that a mother's heart has been fashioned to mirror the heart of God when it comes to our children. That alone keeps me seeking His face, because I want to love my children the best way I know how. If I have to become more like Christ to do it, then let's go, Jesus! I want my full body makeover!!
Now the prayer says to ask God to bless and protect us. Then it asks God to smile upon us and be gracious to us. Lastly, it asks God to show us His favor and give us His peace. We are to pray this everyday. What a wonderful way to have the hand of God active in our lives. To see the Lord bless us in every area and keep us safe while we live is enough.
But then to have our God smile upon us lets me know that His pleasure in His people is real. He loves us and it's evident. I'm so glad He loves me and I know it. I believe some people don't know how great His love is towards them and so I ask for them, Lord, smile upon them and be gracious to them.
Where would we be without His favor and His peace? Wonderful, just wonderful!
His favor is what I live by. His peace is what keeps me. Thank you Lord for knowing what I need to survive and then having what I need in plenty. This stuff never runs out.
Pray that today and everyday over your children and your household.... Show your children just how thoughtful God is to care for them and cover them as they live. It blessed my sons, I know it will bless yours!!
'May the LORD bless you
and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor
and give you his peace.'
Numbers 6: 24-26