We have heard this Benediction countless times at the end of church services and other Christian gatherings. There are six requests made in this blessing that can become six prayers for you and your loved ones.
1. The Lord bless you…
The word “bless” means to “provide favor or benefit.”
Father, we pray for your children. You are the Eternal God. Please place Your great kindness and advantage on those we love. May they be favored by You.
2. and keep you…
The Hebrew word “keep” means to “watch, guard, defend.” This is a prayer for protection.
Father, your children are not perfect. They are going to make mistakes. But please watch over them and guard them against mistakes that have eternal consequences. Please defend them against temptation. Protect them against Satan who wants to destroy them.
3. the LORD make his face shine upon you…
This is a request for God’s presence.
Father, you are with your children all the time, but You can. Pease allow them to experience Your presence. Thank You for being with them wherever they go.
4. and be gracious to you…
Grace is God’s undeserved favor. He gives us what we don’t deserve.
Father, thank You for Your gift of grace. I pray that you pour your grace on all your children. Please show them your kindness and love in all they do.
5. the Lord turn his face toward you…
Here is a request for God’s fellowship.
Father, thank You, that because of their trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in your children. Please walk with them in a powerful way. Enable them to submit to the Spirit’s control day by day and moment by moment.
6. and give you peace.
The Hebrew word for peace used here is “shalom.” It means “completeness, wholeness, and contentment.”
Lord, please calm your children’s fears; soothe their anxious souls. Keep them complete and whole in their thinking, emotions, desires, and actions.
There's one more thing that is not usually said when this Benediction is pronounced but it is very important, perhaps the most important thing that God mentioned when he told Moses to pronounce this blessing on the nation of Israel.
Numbers 6:27 NIV “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
So they will put my name on ___________ (your name or the name of a friend or loved one).
This is a request for identification.
Lord, please place Your holy mark on my friend/family member/loved one. Set them apart to be used by You. I love them but You love them more. You love them with an everlasting love. May they represent You well on their earthly journey. And when their journey is completed, welcome them home to live forever with You.
In Jesus’ name Amen