July 20, 2016
By Sy Huffer
I vividly remember the first time I ever saw someone specifically “BLESS” something. I was in Rome at the Vatican, and in St. Peter’s Basilica a Roman priest did the sign of the cross over my friend’s rosary. He also prayed something in Latin. That was my first exposure to someone “BLESSING” something or someone.
I also vividly remember the first time someone asked me to “BLESS” them. It was after I preached a sermon, and a lady came up to me and specifically asked me to “BLESS” her. I knew I wasn’t Catholic, I knew that non-Catholics typically don’t do the sign of the cross, and I definitely knew that I didn’t know any Latin to speak.
So how do you “BLESS” someone verbally?
This last week, Mark taught us from Genesis 12 that God’s plan for his people was for us to “BLESS” others. He challenged us to verbally “BLESS” our spouses and kids, our enemies and neighbors, our friends and coworkers. But how? Over the last several years, I have learned one very simple way to pray a verbal blessing on behalf of someone: B.L.E.S.S.
B—Body. Bless the person by praying for their physical health.
L—Labor. Bless the work that they put their hands to day in and day out.
E—Economy. Pray for their economic situation, for them to get out of debt, to find a job, or to become more generous.
S—Social. Pray for their social circle: friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Pray that they are a Godly influence for those closest to them.
S—Spiritual. Pray for their Spiritual maturity and relationship with Christ. Ask Jesus to make them more like him.
Hopefully, next time you find yourself in a position to BLESS someone, you won’t start speaking Latin or look for the closest Catholic priest, but will pray a “B.L.E.S.S.” prayer over their lives!