Blessing Forward

A few years ago there was a movie, “Pay It Forward”, which played on the similar term, “Pay It Back”, but, of course, in a positive way versus negative way usually associated with having to pay something back.  So, I decided it was high time we apply the same concept to blessings.

First of all, we have to know if it is possible to pray ‘blessings’ on people, for if we don’t accept that then we are stopped already.  Well, of course, it is possible if we are to believe the Apostle Paul, for he blessed many of his readers in his writings.  Christ blessed children, and His own Apostles, as well as numerous others.

So, what does it mean, “Blessing Forward?”  Glad you asked, because we are going to take blessings further forward than the just the present.  In fact, we are going to move it beyond this earthly life.  Is that possible?

Apparently, Paul felt like it was when he mentioned Onesiphorus in 2 Timothy Chapter 1

The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:  But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.  The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.”

And not only was this blessing to Onesiphorus, but to his house, which can loosely be defined as his family and servants.  But, the most important part of this whole passage is the “…Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day..”  What day?  Well, the day of Christ.  And while there are many interpretations of the ‘day of Christ’, there can be little doubt it is yet future, and not a part of this life.

Now where might this opportunity come into play?  Good question.  I find it useful when I have lost touch and contact with people that have benefited my life.  People that have helped me.  People that have blessed me.  In many cases, I don’t even know if they are still alive.  So, would my prayer be in vain?  Hardly.  For I am convinced nothing is lost when we pray in faith to our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul could not recompense Onesiphorus for the things he did for Paul, but Paul could pray a blessing over Onesiphorus and his house.  Did it have an effect?  You can count on it.

A blessing spoken by a servant of Christ, in faith, is a powerful thing.  Maybe more powerful than we even realize.  In fact, I would dare say much more powerful than we realize.  I pray that these postings will positively affect lives.  Lives I may never meet or know.  Is this prayer useless?  Hardly.  It, I suspect, has more power and effect than I can even imagine.

So, crank up your prayers, and pray blessings on those who have blessed you, so that the plan of God may be realized in their life.  Pray that they may find mercy in the ‘day of the Lord’.

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One Response to “Blessing Forward”

  1. Barbara McGuire Says:

    Oh, I believe this blog so much and have made it a practice of mine over the years! If only people could really get this concept what a blessing it would be! Thanks for sharing!

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