Words are powerful. Did you know the Bible shows us the power of a parental blessing spoken upon our children? Blessings are meaningful any time of the year, but especially during the Christmas season when our hope is that our children focus on Jesus. Use these 3 Christmas blessings for your children this year.
How to Pray a Blessing Over Your Children
A blessing is a Biblical statement that invokes the blessings of God into the life of another person. The power from a blessing comes from God, not our words.
Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” How often are our words to our children unkind or simply filled with the routine commands of life? These are important, but let’s be intentional to also speak life-giving words.
There are many types of blessings, and some of the most meaningful are when we use Scripture to speak blessings because God’s Word is holy and effective.
In the Old Testament we read of parents giving a blessing to their children, and even God Himself spoke a blessing at Jesus’ baptism. As parents, speaking a blessing over your children is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.
In our family, we have a written blessing we created for each of our children. It includes a Bible verse and a blessing that emphasizes a gift we see in them and want to encourage. We pray these blessings for our children during our own prayers, and from time to time speak them out loud over our children. Mike and I place our hands on the kids’ shoulders and read the blessing to them.
Ways to Use Christmas Blessings
Here are a few ways you can use these 3 Christmas blessings for your children.
- Use these Christmas blessings in your nightly prayers.
- Speak the blessing aloud to your child as they leave in the morning.
- Pray this blessing over your child before bed. (Sometimes I go in and say a blessing over my children when they are sleeping, too.)
- Speak a blessing to your child at the end of family devotions.
- Write the blessing for your child in a note and put it in a surprise place – their room, a lunch, under a pillow.
3 Christmas Blessings for Your Children
Christmas is such a busy season. Between the gifts, the activities, the parties, and the traditions, it’s easy for kids to miss the heart of why we celebrate Christmas. By speaking these blessings over your children, you are giving them an amazing gift.
A Blessings for the Christmas Light of Christ
The light of Christ shines on you, ______________. For you, ___________, Jesus was born. For you, _________ a son was given. He is your Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
-based on Isaiah 9:6
A Blessing for the Fruits of the Spirit at Christmas Time
This holiday season, ____________, live with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are gifts of the Holy Spirit.
-based on Galatians 5:22
A Blessing for Peace
__________, I pray that the peace of God, which goes beyond all understanding, guard your heart and mind this Christmas season and always.
How will you pray blessings over your children this Christmas season?
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