Secret Life of Blessings
Bracha! Blessing! A blessing prayer seems to mysteriously open a portal in heaven. It hastens the heavenly blessings which are already coming toward us. To those who hearken to His voice and obey His commandments, the Almighty sends His blessing so that we will lack nothing.
Blessing is related to two additional Hebrew words which deepen the significance of this type of prayer. The first related word is berech, meaning to bend the knee. Speaking a prayer of blessing is like bending our knees to kneel before God in worship. The second related word is breicha, which means wellspring. Wellspring suggests a pool of endless blessings. Think of a fountain of life in Psalm 36:9, or a sparkling brook of wisdom in Proverbs 18:4. Consider the genesis of living water in Jeremiah 17:13, flowing down from the Father of Lights.
Yeshua instructed us to pray for the kingdom, and for God’s will, to be revealed on earth. If a blessing already exists in heaven, prayer brings the reality of this blessing our way. The Living Elohim comes to our circumstances, with His kindness, goodness, and strength.
Blessing prayers acknowledge the wonder of the Creator in the world. Orthodox Jews attempt to do this frequently by recalling Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Published February 23, 2017