One of the most wonderful things a father can do in life is to bestow a blessing upon his children. We all have a blessing to give, whether it’s a kind word, an encouraging smile or something that can be defined as a spiritual endowment. We can only give to others that which we have ourselves, and so it is with our blessing, as a father we can share a part of our life with our child. As we conclude our short series on the foundation principles of our Dads’ UNI organisation that are found within our acronym UNI, we arrive at the final word Imparting.
Dads’ UNI is based upon the three foundation precepts of Understanding, Nurturing and Imparting. These three areas address the needs of the mind, the emotions and the spirit of man and seek to bring them into a position where they can receive the fullness of God’s blessing and abundant life.
Dads’ UNI – Imparting
Verb - To make known. (information)
to communicate, to pass on or convey, to disseminate or circulate
To bestow (a quality)
to give, to confer, to grant, to bestow, to provide, to supply or contribute.
As a father we have all received authority from God our Heavenly Father. Our authority is to be the head of our home and the person most responsible before God for the raising of our children. Although in modern times many men seem to have delegated much of their parental responsibilities to their wife, this is a short-sighted solution that is destined to failure. Children need their father to be fully involved in every area of their life if they are to prosper and mature physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The spiritual blessing that fathers must give their children is powerful and has far-reaching effects in their children’s lives. Like the roots that spread out from a tree, so a father’s blessing reaches far beyond the initial imparting. What follows is a short list of some of the most common ways a father can impart a blessing to his children.
Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
One of the most traditional opportunities that fathers must impart a blessing to their child is through baby dedication. In baby dedication a child is presented before God for His blessing and God is petitioned to watch over and protect the life of the child. The parents are often requested also to make a commitment before God to bring the child up in the fear and love of God, and the child is either prayed over by the minister and parents or in some churches the child receives a baptism of water. Whatever the process in your church the important thing is that it is done, because having God Himself watching over and protecting your child is incredibly powerful.
Fathers should take advantage of this wonderful time to begin the process of imparting spiritual blessing to their child by dedicating them to the Lord as a baby. This is often the first in a marvellous series of opportunities we must strengthen our bond with our child through connecting spiritually with our Heavenly Father and His blessing.
Reading Bible Stories
Psalm 78:3-4 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
The Bible is filled with amazing stories of how God has moved powerfully in the lives of real people like us in times past. As we as their father read these stories to our children their hearts are opened to the imparting of faith, which comes by hearing God’s word. The miracles in the bible are meant to be retold from generation to generation so that each new era in history has an opportunity to rise and see God’s hand move in their times as well.
Reading the Bible stories to our children reinforces our beliefs, standards and values in their young hearts and inspires them to live a life that will bring honour to themselves and their family.
Praying For Our Child
Numbers 6:23-26 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”’
It is a father’s role to be the protector of the family, and one of the most important ways to safeguard our marriage and children is through the vehicle of believing prayer. God has stated that if you come to Him in humility and ask for His forgiveness and His help that He will indeed begin to move in your life, and to watch over you and your family as you pray daily.
The prayer above is a wonderful way to impart blessing to your child and can either be sung or spoken quietly while they sleep at night. It can also be added to your daily prayers for God’s grace and mercy to be upon your child’s life and spoken with thanksgiving that God is indeed accomplishing it faithfully.
Praying Over Our Child
Mark 10:15-16 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.
The blessing that comes with the laying on of hands is often powerful and life changing for a child. When a believing father prays over his child through laying on of hands the Spirit of God is imparted to the child and a blessing comes with it. Because it is spiritual in nature the blessing is not always fully understood, it is however a transference of some of the very best things that God has established in you throughout your life into the heart and spirit of your child.
As I said before we as a man can usually only give those things that we ourselves possess away to others in a blessing, there is however an exception to this rule. When a father who is filled with the Holy Spirit prays over his child, there are occasions when God Himself will reveal something by His Holy Spirit and impart a word of encouragement and faith through revelation or prophecy. I have personally experienced these many times and although we as men may only understand a minute portion of God’s plans for our child’s life, yet even that knowledge can impart vision and faith into our child’s heart.
Leading Your Child To Christ
2 Timothy 3:14-15 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The goal of every father should be to ensure that his child has every opportunity to find salvation through Christ Jesus. In a million years’ time the only decision that really counts, will be whether we believe in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection from the dead. As a man we need to ensure that our own faith is strengthened and encouraged daily through prayer and study of God’s word in the Bible and through fellowship with other believers, so that we have an abundance of spiritual blessing and wisdom to impart into the life of our child.
In my experience there is nothing more important in life than preparing our child both for life here on earth and in eternity. There are many challenges that we will face throughout life as a father and in every one of them it is advantageous to have the blessing and favour of God over our life and over the lives of our children. Spiritual Imparting is the key to opening up the doors of faith and hope in the hearts of our children and every father is called by God to take up this all-important role.
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