Genesis 48:15-16: A dying prayer.

15 Then he blessed Joseph and said,

‘May the God before whom my fathers
    Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
    all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
    – may he bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
    and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
    on the earth.’


Before we consider the blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh, I want to highlight the words of Jacob found in the middle part of the blessing ‘ceremony’. There are many gifts age can convey to youth, but today’s short passage highlights two:

  1. The gift of testimony: In his dying words, Jacob testified to the fact that ‘’the God’’ who had been his ‘’Shepherd’’ all his life had been a good shepherd to him. He had been through much, but he had come through. The Lord had brought him through many a deep, dark valley. So Jacob could testify to the faithfulness of God. I became a pastor at the age of 21, and over the years it has been my privilege to sit with many a seasoned saint. How often my heart has burned from hearing their stories;
  2. The gift of prayer: Let us pray blessing over them; let us pray they will grow greater than we have been and achieve more than we have done. Let’s ask that the church of the future – the church some of them lead – will be bigger and stronger than the church of today. May we sincerely desire their success.


PRAYER: Lord God, You who have been so kind to us; we thank you for our children and young people. We pray for your Hand of blessing upon them all through their lives. We ask that there will be ‘giants’ among them, who will achieve more in their day than we have done in ours. We ask this for the glory of your Name