Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Psalm 127 3
God bless this precious new baby!
Fill every fiber of his being with Your Radiant Love, that he may be infused with a deep sense of Your Presence in her body, mind and spirit.
Help him to feel safe and welcome into the world, wrapped in total love and expectation of the good things You have planned for him.
Bless his ability to eat and sleep easily.
Allow his babyhood to be a blissful time, full of comfort and peace.
Heal any emotional memories of being born, that he may be cleared of any trauma and open to living the abundant life you promised.
Protect his natural connection to You from the very beginning, that he may be attuned to Your Love throughout his life.
Continue to pour Your grace into him as he grows.
Build Your strength into him, shape his character with Your love.
Give him an unshakable sense of Your purpose for his life, so he will have the courage to follow You always.
Protect Your Plans for him, surround him with an army of angels.
Bless his mother. Surround her with a community that nourishes her with love and support; give her confidence and the courage to ask for help when she needs it. Fill her with patience, perspective and guidance.
Bless his father that he can find ways to be helpful, supportive and involved through this postpartum period, doing what he can to ease the mother’s load. Help him to bond easily with the baby and step gracefully into his new responsibility.
Help their relationship to grow stronger, that they can be unified in parenting choices from the very beginning.
Bless their finances, bless their health.
Create a sacred safe place for this family to grow in love, depth and faith through the parenting of this child.
Protect them from adversity, but if a challenge does come, allow them to grow closer to You through it.
Through the blessing of this child, give the whole family the freedom of increased faith in You.
In Jesus Name, we pray.
What baby are you praying for today? Add the name below, and I’ll join you in lifting them up!
Updated on November 26, 2018
“There is no command in the Scriptures regarding the public blessing of infants,” writes Pastor Clifton L. Taylor in Blessing and Dedicating Babies. “There is no hint that Jesus had suggested to the mothers in Israel that they should bring their children. It was entirely spontaneous on their part.”
Today, parents continue the practice of blessing or dedicating their babies, based on the fact that Jesus’ parents dedicated Him; that Jesus extended a welcome to infants, despite His disciples’ rebuke; that parents recognize their need for divine wisdom and guidance in effective parenting. No salvation is established in the process; water baptisms come later when the child is mature enough to decide his or her faith. The blessing simply registers the parents’ commitment to bringing up the children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
Blessing an Infant in the TempleContributed by the LUMO Project | Source
The pastor or ordained lay clergy member may administer the blessing before the congregation in worship or in a family ceremony at home.The child is usually an infant, but could be older if for any reason the blessing was not previously given. The ritual may include one child or several children.
Always there is (1) a charge to the parents to learn and practice the parental principles in the Bible; (2) a prayer and pronouncement of God’s blessing on the life of the child; and (3) a charge to all family members, godparents and church community to help nurture the child’s faith through teaching and example. The following quotes are compiled in accordance with those three steps.
I. Principles and Promises for Parents
- You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)
- Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
- Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. (Psalm 127: 4, 5)
- Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. . .Your children like olive plants all around your table. (Psalm 128:1,3)
- Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6)
- Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul. (Proverbs 29:17)
- For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children. (Isaiah 49:25)
- All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)
- For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. (2 Corinthians 12:14)
- And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
Hannah Dedicates Samuel (1 Samuel 1:24)Painting by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout | Source II. Blessings for the Children
- Then his father Isaac said to him . . . “May God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. (Genesis 27: 26-28)
- The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
- May you be blessed, my son . . . You shall both do great things and also still prevail. (1 Samuel 26:25)
- O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth . . . Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength. (Psalm 8: 1, 2)
- For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)
- May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 115:15)
- For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139: 13, 14)
- That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style. (Psalm 144:12)
- In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:26)
- The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. (Proverbs 20:7)
- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you. (Jeremiah 1:5)
- And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good. (Jeremiah 32:40, 41)
- Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)
- But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” (Mark 7:27)
- And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10: 16)
III. Counsels to Family Members, Guardians and Well Wishers
- Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)
- Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)
- Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me. (Mark 9:37)
- Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. (Luke 17: 1, 2)
- Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
All Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Dora Weithers
The first time I thought about this question was on my flight from the MTC to the mission home in Florida. My older brother had just asked me something about this in a letter and as I sat pondering the question I was reminded once again that I had nothing insightful to say due to my total lack of life experience. Since then I have had a few occassions to bless babies yet I still wonder about this. What is a baby blessing for? In preparing for a baby blessing should I approach it like I do a healing blessing or is it different?
For blessings of healing, I generally try to prepare by thinking about the person I will be giving a blessing to. I try to think about their situation and imagine what kinds of challenges they are facing as well as what blessings I would want to give them if I were a loving Heavenly Father looking down. When I administer the blessing, I try to clear my mind to listen for inspiration. If nothing is coming, I have some boiler plate material on hand.
As I start talking, sometimes the inspiration comes. Quite often, I say something of my own making, but then the spirit comes in behind it and turns it into something more. Often, this kind of confirmation magnifies only a single sentence in the whole blessing. This sentence is the one I hang on to and exercise faith in after the blessing is over. I often wonder if the person receiving the blessing feels the same thing on the same phrases that stick out for me. For me, blessings of healing are ultimately about discovering and pronouncing the will of the Lord and pronouncing blessings that can become the focus and source of faith.
With baby blessings, it seems like something different is going on. There is certainly a boiler plate available and it is used extensively. Most baby blessings are a laundry list of milestones and good fortune we hope our babies experience in life. Good health, priesthood ordination, marriage in the temple with a “sweetheart” and so forth. I don’t sense (although I could be wrong) that there is the same searching for inspiration about what the baby should be blessed with. In fact, it seems to me that baby blessings have a very different cultural function than blessings of other kinds. I’ll admit that I am generally bored by baby blessings.
When preparing for a baby blessing, I often spend time pondering the kinds of things the baby may face in life, but I mostly spend time pondering what matters most to me in life. Baby blessings seem like a time we should express our hopes and dreams for our babies. For me this is done not by a list of events, but by highlighting the values and strengths that hope my children will aquire in life. Things like kindness and compassion. I told my last baby that the most important thing in life was for her to become a kind person. The fact that baby blessings are given in front of the congregation seems to change the nature of the experience. I think it leads to them being more prepared than other blessings. Because the whole congregation participates, they tend to revolve around the things we value and emphasize as a community (orthopraxy, marriage, family).
But really, I don’t know what function baby blessings should have. I wonder if I neglect the prophetic possibilities of baby blessings to much. Should I be trying to get the spirit of prophecy and make promises about the future? Are pronouncements in a baby blessing supposed to change the future and be the focus of faith in the way a blessing of healing tries to change what God will do for the person blessed? How many different categories of blessings are there? Is it wrong to prepare what you will say in a baby blessing beforehand?
There are so many blessings that come with having children! The pitter patter of little feet running through the halls and the laughter accompanying it always makes me smile! Whether you are a parent already or trying to have your first child, you can be assured that children are one of the biggest blessings you have or will have ever. With that said I know some of you are having difficulties with having kids and my heart goes out to you. I understand this as well. I have been through miscarriages in the past and I understand how frustrating it is to try and conceive as well. It took 2 ½ years of trying before my little girl was formed in her mom’s womb. Stay strong in the Lord, and He will sustain you. Here are 6 prayers that you can pray for fertility or a new baby.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
I cannot thank You enough for blessing me with my children. I am in awe every day that I look at them and see myself in their eyes. I remember being a child and being loved by my parents and I also thank You for them, Lord! I want to love my kids even better than my parents loved me, and I hope my children will strive to love their own children, someday, better than I have loved them. I am overjoyed at how they want and desire love from me. I am more than willing to shower them with my love, Father! Thank You for these wonderful kids of mine! I love You, Lord! Amen
“Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children.” (Genesis 16:2a)
I feel forgotten, Lord. I have cried out to You! I long for a baby of my own, Father. I can’t rely on my own abilities and strength anymore. You are the giver of life and I come to You now. Father, hear my prayer! I desperately want a child of my own. I understand why Sarah was so depressed in Genesis, Lord. She was very old when You gave her a child. Father, if it be Your will, I beg of You, give me a child of my own that I can love on and raise through Your standards. I will memorize scripture with them! I will show them how to love others with a “Christ-like” love! O Father, I am at Your mercy and I pray for deliverance from infertility. I love You! Amen
“When ye frequently, and in numbers meet together, the powers of Satan are overthrown, and his mischief is neutralized by your like-mindedness in the faith.” – Ignatius of Antioch
I thank you for my newborn! His/her eyes are so beautiful when they are open! I am in awe of how You have brought this tiny little baby into my arms! I praise Your Name, Lord! I ask now that You would have our friends, family and church family surround us with their love and wisdom, Lord. I pledge to raise this baby in Your church, Father. May it be that our church family will surround this little one with love, affection, wisdom and song. I love You, Lord! Amen
Strength To Persevere
“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and everyday have sorrow in my heart?” (Psalm 13:1-2)
I am at rock bottom. My wife and I have been trying for 2 ½ years to have a little baby. I don’t even want to try anymore, Lord. What is the fun in hoping for something that doesn’t seem like it is going to happen? Father, I have nothing left in me. I don’t even want to try anymore to have a child. It is ruining the intimate moments with my wife. We aren’t even enjoying each other. We are exhausted, Lord. I pray for Your strength to press on. Father, if it be Your will, please give us another baby! We are at Your humble mercy, Lord. I love You! Amen
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1)
You alone have the power to give life in Heaven and death in Hell. I pray for the salvation of my newborn. Father, I pray that by the way I teach my child Your scriptures and truth that he/she will hold fast to Your Word and never walk away. I pray that they will retain the knowledge that they learn and put it to good use in the way they conduct themselves as they grow older. I can’t imagine life without my baby now, and I can’t imagine life without them in Heaven either! Give me patience when they are in sin. May I always show them love even when it doesn’t make sense to them. Jesus showed His accusers love by asking You to forgive them, Father, while He gave His own life up for humanity. May I always have that kind of love for my own kids, that they may grow up knowing You are the One and True God! I love You! Amen
“I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” (Psalm 6:6)
Father in Heaven,
You already knew the results of my test before it came back. Lord, there is no chance for me to have babies! I feel so inadequate and abnormal. I don’t feel like a man today. I feel like a failure. Lord, I know you see me differently, but being a man that cannot give my wife the precious gift of children is killing me! How do I move on from here? My wife and I wanted so badly a child of our own flesh and blood, and now that dream has become a nightmare. Father, I have no idea how to process this. I need You now more than ever. Lord, I still want children! Father, if not through my own marriage, please lead us to a child we can adopt. I want to love on a child with the love of Jesus! Father, help me through this as I grieve over my own incapability to bring a child into this world. I need to feel Your presence surrounding me, Father. I need You! I love You! Amen
Whether you have a new born or are having fertility issues, stay in prayer with God. He is always available. If anyone needs prayer, please let me know and I will pray for you. As I said above, I have dealt personally with miscarriages and fertility issues as well. May God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
Read more about children here:
Bible Verses About Children
Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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