Blessing the Blesser
When Yeshua healed ten lepers, one of the ten was sensitive enough to respond with a blessing prayer. He blessed the Almighty, glorifying God with a loud voice, for His providential healing in Luke 17:15. His simple bracha – or blessing prayer – was remarkable because this man was a Samaritan. Yet, he gladly offered a Hebrew prayer because he was healed from a dreaded disease.
It is a Hebrew custom to bless the Almighty whenever, and wherever, a miracle occurs, or His great power is displayed. As Yeshua prepared to feed 5,000 people with five barley loaves and two cooked fish, He took the food and spoke a bracha. His blessing prayer in John 6:11 did not bless the bread or confer holiness upon it. He blessed the Creator for the miracle which was about to occur.
The plural of bracha is berachot. Hebrew people pray dozens of berachot each day. When getting dressed, they pray, “Blessed is He who clothes the naked.” When putting on shoes, they pray, “Blessed is He who provides my needs.” When eating bread, they pray, “Blessed is He who brings forth bread from the earth.”
Through berachot (blessing) prayers, people mentally kneel, to acknowledge the Almighty as King, and the source of everything good. Eating, drinking, washing hands, smelling pleasant fragrances, and common activities are all occasions for blessing prayers. The habit of blessing Him, even in the smallest details of life, creates an attitude of perpetual thankfulness.
Explore blessing prayers, and other gems, in Hidden Treasures of Kingdom Prayer.
Published December 5, 2017