Probably the most meaningful gesture shown to me is when someone prays over me. Not just an “I’ll pray for you,” and we both go our separate ways; but when someone stops and actually prays over me, it becomes intensely personal. I feel like my fellow-believer is actually carrying my burdens up to the throne room on my behalf, and it humbles me. My response to this beautiful gesture was to write a blessing song so that I could, in return, pray over others. I often close out my concerts by singing this blessing as a benediction prayer. As churches have become more and more industrialized and commercialized, congregants crave elements that minister to them on a personal level. If you need a special blessing today or someone to pray for you, here is a blessing that I am sending as a prayer on my end:
May your life-song sing of God’s amazing grace,
May your feet be firm and steady in this race,
And when the world reflects your image through a mirrored façade,
May you always see your beauty through the perfect eyes of God.
When your arms are empty, may your heart be full,
And the mountains that you face seem possible.
When the ground is dry, I pray that you’d have rain,
And when the music starts to vanish, you would sing on through your pain.
And when God’s voice is silent,
You’d hold tighter to His hand
And trust He’ll lead you safely
On the journey He has planned.
And when threadbare faith holds stillborn dreams,
I pray the hurt would be redeemed.
So hold on tightly to the Savior,
Grow in truth, and never waiver.
I pray your heart is warm when life can be so cold
And when scoffers mock your journey, you’d be bold.
I pray for food on your table in times when it’s lean;
And that you’d share your meal with others
So God’s goodness can be seen.
This I pray:
That you’d have God’s best.
Be strong and blessed.
(lyrics from “This I Pray”)