They shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Numbers 6:27
The names of my three children come up in my prayers more often than any others. As a young parent I discovered the promise of Numbers 6:27 and it has guided my prayers for my children. This promise follows the familiar Aaronic blessing: God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and keep you and gift you, God look you full in the face and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26 NLT).
When we bless people we place the name of our God on them.
I envision the name of Jesus imprinted on my children’s foreheads signifying they belong to Him. He’s the only One who loves them more than their father and me. Wrapped up in that name – Jesus – is a blessing. I bless them with my love and prayers, but He blesses them with a peace that overflows with life, a gift far greater than I can give.
They began life in the sanctuary of my womb, hidden from the world in that secret place. He knew them long before I did (Psalm 139). He blessed them before my lips could form their names. I’m familiar with their ways. I see traits that have existed in them from their earliest days, yet in comparison to God, I’m only beginning to know them. He hears their thoughts, understands their intricate personalities. He gets them, even when I don’t. I dearly love and cherish my children, but His love for them is multiplied more times than I can count.
The name of Jesus – the greatest name in all the world – is etched on my children, and now on their spouses and my grandchildren. He will bless them with an eternal, magnificent blessing that far exceeds my blessing.
Take this promise to heart. Place His Name on your children and entrust their well-being into the hands of the One who will bestow His immeasurable blessing on them.
Father, thank you for the power of the name of Jesus, the name that embodies all the light and life a person needs for a lifetime. My children are blessed because of your Name.