As we start this New Year I can think of no prayer that I would rather pray than the high priestly blessing. Not only does it serve as my prayer for each of you today, but in her book Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters Carmen Imes has talked about the fact that this blessing was the means of sealing God’s name onto the people of Israel:
24 The Lord bless you and keep you;Numbers 6:24-26
25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
The words of this blessing are our prayer, Father. May You bless us, keep us, be gracious to us by working in our lives this year, enabling us to bear Your name with honor in all that we say and do. We pray these things in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus. Amen.
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