The book of Numbers has a very short but powerful prayer that was used to bestow blessings upon the people of God. Moses and Aaron were commanded by God to bestow blessings upon His people, but they were to do it according to the formula detailed in the verses below.
Unless the Lord gives me a different way to close my Sunday morning worship service, I always close with that prayer. I call it A Prayer of Impartation.
It is important to note here that it was God himself who put the words in the mouth of the priest. What that means is that there should be room for the movement of God’s Spirit in that moment of impartation. You don’t necessarily have to read the verse word for word, but you will need to tap into the spirit of the words.
Another thing worth mentioning is that they were to put the name of the Lord upon the people. Nothing else could bring about the blessing from the Lord. To be blessed by God is to have His name on you – to identified with who He is.
Too many people today want to be blessed by God but they don’t want to bless God by a holy and sanctified lifestyle. Unless God’s name is on the life of the one being blessed or the one seeking a blessing, there is never an actual impartation of blessings no matter how desperately one cries for it.
Also, God’s blessings has always in mind our greatest and highest good; we often expect God’s blessing in our life to mean a world of comfort and ease – but that certainly isn’t for our greatest and highest good. God knows how you need to be blessed. Here’s how:
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them…
The Lord bless you – all blessing comes from God; and without His blessing, all is futile.
The Lord keep you – To be kept by the LORD insures life, peace, and success.
The Lord make his face to shine upon – there is no greater source of peace and power in life than to have the glorious, happy face of God shining upon you.
The Lord be gracious to you – The idea is that God shows tender mercy and care for His people.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you – To lift up one’s eyes or face means to pay attention. You are always on the Lord’s mind.
The Lord give you peace – The Hebrew word is shalom, which is more than the cessation of hostility – it is God’s word for wholeness and goodness and total satisfaction in life
So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.