When Brian and I got married, we asked our fathers to each speak a blessing over us as part of our wedding ceremony. We recognized the spiritual significance of a father imparting blessing to his child, and we wanted that to be a part of the foundation of our relationship. Both of our father’s were humbled, and honored, to be asked to speak a blessing over us in the ceremony; neither had heard of it being done before, but both were eager to see us blessed. Of all of the things that took place on the day we were married, my most cherished moments are those of my father and father-in-law speaking their heart felt desire for our marriage, family, and future to be blessed.
It would go without saying, then, that I am a firm believer in the power of God’s word and the power of a spoken blessing. I started praying Numbers 6:24-26 (aka the Priestly Blessing) over each of my children every night after they were born.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his facetoward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
My son has personalized it and prays part of it for himself now. He only prays part of it because he is four and he hasn’t mastered it all yet. My daughter is just starting to pray it for herself. I will continue to pray this verse over my children as long as my lips can move.
When I heard that John Hagee’s newest book, The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, published by Worthy Publishing, is slated for release on August 28, 2012, I knew I wanted to read it.
John Hagee is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. He is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, which is a nondenominational church with over 20,000 active members. He is also the founder and president of John Hagee Ministries, which features radio and television teachings throughout America and in 249 nations worldwide. Hagee is also the founder and national chairman of Christians United for Israel.
I haven’t read any of John Hagee’s other books, so I can’t account for the veracity or quality of them, but being a four time New York Times bestselling author has to count for something, right?
Throughout The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, John Hagee explores the spiritual significance of the nation of Israel while dissecting how prophecy is a word of hope, deliverance, bounty, and richness in the lives and families of God’s people. Hagee serves as a tour guide throughout the entire biblical narrative, showing how the prophetic blessing flows throughout the Bible. Moreover, he instructs how you can release the power of the prophetic blessing into your own life and it into the lives of your loved ones.
Throughout the book are little sidebars called “Think on This” where little nuggets of truth are highlighted. I loved the sidebars. You could easily “Think on This” for several hours or use them as journal prompts.
Hagee writes, “When God Almighty, King of the universe, places His blessing upon you, no person on earth can take it from you, and no power in the universe can eliminate it from your life!” He encourages the reader to declare God’s Word over their own life and to proclaim it over your children and grandchildren; over your wife; over your business; for health and healing; in a time of testing and trial; for emotional stability; for the favor of God; and for divine prosperity. He then lays out a proclamation for each that the reader can use to do so.
I am not a fan of formulaic prayers (no, I don’t have the Prayer of Jabez memorized). I AM, however, a fan of praying Scripture. There is just something about praying God’s Word back to Him. I can’t explain it, but I know it is effective. It’s like reminding him of His promises, not because He needs to be reminded (He is, after all, God), but because WE need to be reminded and it shores up OUR faith. I would also caution that the point of praying is not to get something but to get closer to Someone. I also believe that our words can either bless or curse, and I would much rather use mine to bless.
I enjoyed reading this book and thought Hagee did a great job of outlining the importance of speaking and praying Scripture over your life and loved ones. I would recommend The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, as it does have great insight into God’s Word, as well as the history behind the prophetic blessing. I would, however, remind the reader that God is not an ATM, nor should we treat Him like one.
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***I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.***