Why Pastors Should Declare God’s Blessing Over His People
The power and effect of words is significant. Consider what the average person faces each day: words of anger, accusation, defeat, and fear, just to name a few.
These verbal assaults, whether heard or not, are referred to in Scripture as “curses.” And, although they may not have been conjured by a witch doctor with a voodoo doll, curses are a reality in the realm of the spirit, and may result in physical manifestations and implications.
As people of faith in Jesus Christ we recognize the canopy of protection under which we walk. God has given us a shield of faith, and “the shelter of the Almighty.” No weapon formed against us shall prosper!
Still, words have an effect.
As God’s people, we live in a world currently ruled by the prince of darkness, whose influence results in our being despised and cursed by other people.
Proverbs says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
Our words are a creative force, a spiritual catalyst of physical realities.
God, in His great love for His people, instructed His priests to speak words of blessing over the people of God.
Priests are to “bless” what the world has “cursed.”
Of course each individual person, in order to walk in the fullness of God’s blessing, must walk in faith and obedience to His Word. But the priest (pastor, spiritual headship) does carry an assignment to bless God’s people.
Whether or not a pastor uses these exact words found in the book of Numbers, the principle is that he/she would regularly, intentionally speak God’s blessing over His people.
When we do so, we are releasing a powerful, spiritual force that causes demonic strongholds to be broken, sick bodies to be healed, poverty to transform into provision, and death to be overruled by abundant life!
Because God is the MOST HIGH, His words are preeminent. Satan’s curses are no match for God’s blessing.
You have graciously called and appointed me as a pastor – a priest, who stands before You in behalf of Your people. So, with that priestly authority I now release these words of blessing over each person who reads this:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV)
We agree in faith that we, Your people, are BLESSED!
In Jesus’ name,