Operation Bless Up
Did you receive a blessing from your dad? Today, I’m talking about what we do when we don’t get a blessing from our dad. I received a letter from a young man who told me that even though his dad was a pastor, his dad never blessed him. He didn’t realize that was a problem in his life. He just knew he was angry with his dad. He started experimenting with drugs and changing his appearance until one day, he just took off. He didn’t tell anyone where he was.
After a few months, a friend of his handed him my book, The Difference a Father Makes, and he read it. He read page 45, which has a prayer for people who have never encountered Jesus for themselves. This young man, who had been raised in the church, realized that he had never gone to Jesus for his own story. He thought it was all about right living and had quickly grown tired of trying to be ‘good’ all the time. He was trying to live out of his parents’ faith, rather than having his own relationship with God.
He ended up praying that prayer on page 45, receiving Jesus and ending the book by praying to receive the Blessing of the Father.
Shortly after having his own encounter with Jesus, he called his parents and asked if he could come home. He told them that he wanted to read a book to them while they listened. No commentary, no discussion in between. Just him reading and them listening. They agreed. He read them the entire book, The Difference A Father Makes.
When he was done reading, his dad told him, “I never received a blessing from my dad either.” At that moment, with tears in all of their eyes, that son placed his hand on his father’s head and blessed him with the same blessing he had personally received from the Father.
That moment changed their whole family. When we encounter Jesus for ourselves, we have something to give away to the people we love and the people that we meet.
Maybe you’ve never given your life to Jesus? Or maybe like that son, you’ve never come to Jesus on your own, not on the faith of your parents? I’d like to pray with you,
Jesus, I give you all the things that I’ve done, all the sin that I’ve done, and I ask You to forgive me. Please heal my heart and make me into a new person. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
When Jesus died on the cross, He died as though He were you, so that when you receive His mercy, you can live as though you were Him. That’s the gospel of Jesus.
That’s the beginning of your transformation, Beloved.
If you just prayed that prayer, please send me an email and let me know. We’d love to send you a free digital copy of my book The Difference a Father Makes.
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Published on August 8, 2019.