Blessing: The Prophetic Power of Spoken Blessing

Prophetic Power of Blessing
When you bless in accordance with God’s purpose, your blessing is prophetic and powerful.

Blessing is life-giving and has creative power. (Num 6:22-27, Prov 18:21) I feel strongly that speaking and declaring blessing is on the Father’s agenda right now.

Spoken blessing is significant throughout Scripture.

The first words God spoke over Adam and Eve were words of blessing. (Gen 1:27-29) The last words Jesus spoke over the assembled group of disciples as He was ascending to Heaven were words of blessing. (Luke 24:50-52) Jesus taught His followers to bless, and He continually demonstrated it.

The world around us views blessing as an occasional happy event. [1] However, the truth is, that in Christ you are already blessed and always blessed. (Eph 1:3) Jesus is the source of your personal blessing and through Him, you have the ability to bless others.

5 Principles of the Prophetic Power of Spoken Blessing

1. Blessing is Prophetic

When you bless in accordance with the Father’s intent and purpose, your blessing is prophetic.

One of the NT Greek words for blessing is ‘eulogeo’, which means, ‘to speak well of.’ Today, we speak a ‘eulogy’ as we reflect positively on someone’s past life and achievements. A eulogy is frequently used in the context of a funeral or memorial service.

However the Father speaks His word of blessing ahead of time, speaking forward, and that blessing has the power to bring His intentions to pass.

In our culture today, people are more likely to complain, speak negatively and criticize, than to bless. People are more likely to forecast harm than prophesy good.

Because of this, speaking and praying prophetic words of blessing may seem unnatural for us at first. However, it is time to align our words and our lifestyle with the Kingdom of God.

2. Blessing Carries an Impartation

“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27)

God instructed His priests to speak a blessing over God’s people. (Num 6:22-27) As they spoke the blessing, something tangible was being imparted to the people, and God followed the words to bring about His blessing.

‘Peace’, or ‘Peace be with you’ was (and continues to be) a common greeting in Jewish culture. Jesus told His disciples that something tangible was released when they spoke a word of ‘peace’ upon households they entered. (Luke 10:5, Matt 10:12)

The fuller meaning of the Hebrew word for peace, ‘shalom’ includes peace, wholeness, wellness, and prosperity. [2]

This teaches us something about Kingdom culture. You too have the ability to bless, and to release the ‘shalom’ of God—something tangible imparted by the Holy Spirit.

Power follows your words. Are your words empowering the move of the Holy Spirit?

3. Blessing is Powerful in Times of Opposition

Blessing is powerful to cut through the plans and strategies of the enemy. Life-giving words, sourced in the Father’s heart, break the power of cursing and negativity. (Prov 18:21)

Jesus teaches us to bless our enemies. (Matt 6) He teaches us when in the trial, to move in the opposite spirit of what is taking place. Blessing releases the power of God when we are undergoing opposition from others to God’s purposes in our lives.

4. Blessing Flows out of an Abundance Mindset

We often pray, ‘Lord bless so and so’ but have lost the real meaning and power of blessing. We have reduced blessing to a wish, something we can hope and pray for.

However, the Kingdom mindset is one of plenty and abundance.

In the context of prayer, blessing requires a shift of perspective. We are not praying for something, we are praying with something.

Jesus said, ‘Freely you have received, freely give.’ (Matt 10:8b)

You are empowered to bless others, as you comprehend the abundance that you have received from God and that you have access to. You carry something that you can give away!

Blessing is an act of faith. (Heb 11:20-21)

5. Blessing is an Honor of Leaders

Those of us who are parents and leaders have a special mandate from God to bless our children, as well as those we lead and serve. The Scripture is full of examples of fathers and leaders who blessed.

Blessing was part of the priestly function in the OT and today in God’s Kingdom we are all ‘priests’ (1 Pet 2:9, Rev 1:6) and God’s sons and daughters, with the ability to bless.

How to Speak or Pray Prophetic Blessing

It is one thing to be convinced that blessing is powerful, and quite another to know how to put it into practice! Of course, the main key is to be led by the Holy Spirit. Remember that the source of prophetic blessing is your intimate relationship with God. Be open to different ways that the Holy Spirit may lead you to either pray blessing or to speak and release it.

Here are some thoughts to help you get started:

  • There are some blessings in Scripture that you can use and adapt. Examples are found in Numbers 6:22-27, Deut 28:3-13, Phil 1:2, Gen 49:22, Matt 5:3-12.
  • You can also use Bible verses as a personalized blessing. There are many promises in Scripture you can turn into a word of blessing as the Spirit leads. See How to use Scripture as a Prophetic Declaration
  • There are many different ways you can begin a blessing, such as, ‘In Jesus’ Name I bless you to… or ‘May you be blessed in/with…in Jesus’ Name’ Or a declaration of ‘You are blessed to be/do/with…’ or simply to speak the release of something by faith (you don’t need to use the word blessing).
  • Scripture also provides a rich resource of the types of blessing that you can pray and impart, such as favor, wholeness, healing, fullness, fruitfulness, prosperity, protection, relationship with God, grace, peace, etc.


[1] See the article, 3 Mistaken Beliefs About Blessing

[2] See Strong’s definition for shalom, H7965
The equivalent Greek word used for peace is eirene (Strongs G1515) and speaks of harmony, tranquility and the rest that comes from salvation.

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17 thoughts on “Blessing: The Prophetic Power of Spoken Blessing”

  1. Steve Richardson

    Hi Helen,

    Our Urban Life groups asked us to take on one of the nights at our house in July because they will be away. I thought about it and I decided that I would deliver a talk on Blessings, what it means to be blessed, why do we say it so much.

    I really felt God saying to me that people don’t understand what they are saying this for. I thought more about it and wondered if this was my thoughts or Gods.

    On Sunday Ps Clayton delivered a sermon on Blessings, now you have written this article. This scripture of numbers my wife and i were only discussing last night.

    It seems God is wanting to get a clear message through on this so I will deliver my talk on it to our UL group.

    Thanks for this message, I feel God has worked through you on this subject.

    Be blessed 🙂 Steve

    1. That’s awesome Steve and I love the confirmation this is something on God’s heart right now. May you have a powerful and anointed time at UL!
      (I loved Ps Clayton’s message on Sunday too, my favourite quote from his message was ‘The question is not, will you live a full life, but what will you be full of?’ 🙂 )

  2. Thanks for sharing May God bless you richly and continue to reveal his truths to you as you continue to seek out God

    We as Christians need to speak more life and positivity and blessing into our situations and into the life of others even our enemies.

    we believers need to retrain our tonugue to speak life and blessing as Jesus taught and live

    because the power of life and death is in the tongue

    1. Amen! It’s a profound truth, isn’t it, John? ‘Retrain’ is such a good word for it. Reminds me of James’ discussion on ‘taming the tongue’ in James 3. 🙂

  3. Mine is more of a question. My son is leaving for the Air Force in 2 months. I have been reading about Jacob’s blessing to his children before he died. I want to give my som my blessing before he leaves. (I am not fixing to die.) I believe God has given me a word for him, which is backed up by scripture. If I tell him this, is this a blessing or just a prophetic word? I want to do it like Jacob did, because I really believe God will do something supernatural.

    1. Hello Greg, I do believe your words can be both prophetic and a blessing at the same time – a very powerful combination. As you release that prophetic blessing by faith it will certainly have a supernatural outcome. When our daughter was leaving for a long overseas trip, we prayed a prayer of blessing over her. She experienced some remarkable moments of answers to prayer, provision and protection. I believe it will be the same for you and your son.

  4. Hi Helen,
    Thanks for this word in due season.
    I felt led to speak with someone on Sunday and the blessing gave her a strong reminder of who she is and how God sees her. It was such a beautiful moment to impart some real blessing into someone’s life, and I am constantly amazed at God’s grace in using me to do it.

    1. I love that Simon!
      Words of life…may God continue to use you to impart blessing and life into many people. One of the most prophetic things we can do.
      I’ve been thinking this morning about how when Jesus first met Simon Peter, He gave him the name Peter in his first conversation (John 1), speaking life into his identity and destiny from the very first meeting. What a privilege we have!

  5. Hi Helen, Thank you for this article. I am going on a mission trip to Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota, US. It is on my heart to release Spoken blessings over the Native Americans and have the rest of the team do the same. I am going to share first using this article to prepare their hearts to receive. I look forward to reading your other articles as well. Blessings

    1. Hi Clare, it is great to hear from you. I love that! I pray that your missions and prayers of blessing bear much fruit.

  6. Luanne Livingston

    First let me apologize for not being articulate with my words, but I’m believing that my experience will impact others. Several years ago (10 or more) as I was waiting in the car while my husband went into a store, I was “people watching”. I began to see people that appeared to be in pain as they walked and as I looked around at different people going into the store, I could feel a need for each one in my heart. On that very day I began to say “bless them Lord”. I said it in my heart with each and every person I saw though out my daily activities. It became such a part of what I did, that it came naturally for me. About 4 years ago, I had a near death experience from a kidney stone that had blocked the kidney and I went into multi system organ failure. I was in incredible pain and as my organs shut down, my abdomen and lungs were filling with fluid. Each breath that I managed to take was the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life. As I was suffocating with lack of oxygen and unimaginable pain, with no energy left to struggle for another breath, I felt every bit of the suffocating and pain leave my body in an instant. I was suddenly in the presence of God. At the same time I was very much aware of my bodies struggle on earth. My children, sister, and my husband at my bedside. God communicated many many things to me and I saw family members that had passed. The things that he was telling me are too numerous for this post and I’m still learning and remembering different things 4 years later. Since this message is focused on blessing others, I’ll try to describe what he showed me about the power of blessing others. I saw endless rows upon rows of people that somehow I knew in my heart, but I couldn’t understand how I knew them. God communicated to me that these are people that I have spoke blessings on as I went through my daily living on earth. I was in awe of the power of just speaking blessings on complete strangers, not knowing their need, but knowing I was to speak it anyway. Obviously I was sent back to earth after 5 days of paradise and an understanding of love that was way beyond my previous knowledge. One evening I decided to pick up the tab for dinner on a young couple that I have never seen before. Or so I thought. As I watched them, it became very clear to me that I had seen this couple amongst the endless rows of people in heaven. I thought to myself, how could that be? And then it came me that the Lord knows the end to the beginning and his time is not as we know it. Your quote above, “However the Father speaks His word of blessing ahead of time, speaking forward, and that blessing has the power to bring His intentions to pass.” Speaking blessings over that couple ahead of time, has brought His intentions to pass. Now that’s incredible power that he has put in us to not only bless us, but to bring His intentions to pass to others.

    1. Hello Luanne – wow! Thank you so much for sharing that powerful testimony, I love it! Such a reminder that our thoughts, words and prayers hold eternal power.

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