The best way to answer this question is to see what God says about blessing and the way to bless someone. Turn with me to Numbers chapter 6 verses 22 through 27 and we’ll look at when God spoke to Moses about Aaron’s Blessing.
Numbers 6:22-27 says,
6:22 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
6:23 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘In this way you shall bless the sons of Israel. You are to say to them:
6:24 The LORD bless you, and keep you;
6:25 The LORD cause His face to shine on you, And be gracious to you;
6:26 The LORD lift up His face to you, And give you peace.’
6:27 “So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and then I will bless them.”
A blessing is a hopeful prayer. A blessing was and is one way of asking for God’s divine favor to rest upon others. The ancient blessing in these verses will helps us understand what a blessing was and is supposed to do. Its five parts conveyed hope that God would
- That He would bless and keep you… (favor and protect);
- That His face shine… (be pleased)
- That He would be gracious… (merciful and compassionate);
- That He would lift up His face… (give His approval);
- That He would give peace.
Folks, When you ask God to bless others or yourself, you are asking Him to do these five things.
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.
The blessing you offer will not only help the one receiving it, it will also demonstrate love, encourage others, and provide a model of caring to others.