Blessed To Be a Blessing

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.  Psalm 67:1-2

The Psalms are the prayers of God's people, written down for us to pray ourselves and to use as guidelines for prayer.  Isn't interesting that the scripture tell us here to freely ask God for blessing? I find it helpful to read in the bible that it's not just ok, but it's encouraged to ask God for his blessing.

Of course, that's not where the blessing stops. The prayer continues on with a 'so that' - which is a purpose statement. The prayer is so that our blessing would overflow into blessings for all nations (just like God said to Jacob in the vision in Genesis 28:10-15).

Take some time today to ask God to bless you. Take some time to ask God to pour his blessing through you to others today.