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Jamie Rohrbaugh: "The Importance of the Father's Blessing in Your Life"

Jamie Rohrbaugh, Chattanooga, TN
May 18, 2024


Have you ever had someone place the father's blessing on your life, commissioning you into prosperity, safety, and security? If you haven't, today you can.

When it comes to the father's blessing, it's sad, but true: many people alive today have never received a commissioning and affirming blessing from their father figures. Many people don't even have father figures who would have pronounced the father's blessing over them. Father wounds abound.

However, the fatherly blessing is essential for every one of us to receive so we can thrive and not just survive. Today, let's talk more about what the father's blessing is—and how to receive it.

What Is the Father's Blessing?

In this context, the father's blessing is not the type of blessing people think of when we pray for God to bless us. Instead, it is the type of blessing that one person speaks over another. It is generally pronounced over a son or daughter by their father, and it is a blessing that commissions that child in several ways:

• It commissions them to go forth and prosper.

• It commissions them to carry the authority of a father.

• It commissions them to know who they are, and to know what they're about.

• It commissions them to be stable and safe.

• It commissions them to be secure in their identity as a beloved child of their father.

In the olden days (in many cultures), the father's blessing was pronounced while the father actually laid hands on the child. The blessing was taken seriously. It was this blessing that Jacob stole from Esau, thus causing the rift between those two brothers. In Bible times, the father's blessing was a BIG DEAL. And the father's blessing should also be a big deal today. In modern culture, we seem to have forgotten to bless our children. Nevertheless, it is an essential part of growing up and living a successful life. For example:

• We get our affirmation, our identity, our courage, and much more from our father's (or our heavenly Father's) blessing.

• The father's blessing confirms that we will never be alone or disowned.

• The father's blessing helps us go out into the world without fear, knowing that our father has our back.

• The father's blessing makes us feel loved and cherished; it helps us know that we BELONG to our father.

• The father's blessing reassures us that we'll always have a home with our father. We'll always have a place to belong, and someone to belong to.

Even if our earthly dads didn't fulfill their responsibility to pronounce the father's blessing over us, our heavenly Father will. Jesus received the Father's blessing in Mark 1:

"It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from Heaven, 'You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'" (Mark 1:9–11 NKJV)

Jacob received a second, 'unstolen' blessing from the Lord, our everlasting Father. This blessing is recorded in Genesis 32:24–29, and I find it especially poignant because Jacob stole his first blessing, and even though that blessing did work in his life, he knew he needed a blessing of his own. Therefore, when God appeared to him, he wrestled with Him until he received the blessing for which he yearned:

"Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, 'Let Me go, for the day breaks.' (Photo via Creative Commons)

"But he said, 'I will not let You go unless You bless me!'

"So He said to him, 'What is your name?'

"He said, 'Jacob.'

"And He said, 'Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.'

"Then Jacob asked, saying, 'Tell me Your name, I pray.'

"And He said, 'Why is it that you ask about My name?' And He blessed him there." (Genesis 32:24–29 NKJV)

How to Receive the Father's Blessing

Beloved, even if you've never received the father's blessing, you can still receive it today.

How do you receive the father's blessing? You can receive it in several different ways. Here are just a few:

• Have an earthly mentor or father figure speak the father's blessing over you in person.

• Listen to someone speak the father's blessing over you by a recording, and receive it for yourself as the words Father God is sending you, which your earthly dad should have said.

• Listen to or read the words of someone speaking the father's blessing over you, and receive it as if it were the words of Father God.

• Ask your heavenly Father to bless you while you are alone in your quiet time with Him. Then, wait on Him until you hear Him speak the words of blessing that you long to hear. (He may also speak these words by making them jump off the pages of His written Word, the Bible, as you read. And if He does, then, yes, you can still receive those words as His blessing on your life.)

Beloved, the father's blessing is important. To help you today with this, I have provided a written "Father's Blessing" below. This blessing has two parts:

The first part speaks as the voice of someone standing in for your earthly dad, saying the words that every person needs to hear from the position of a son or daughter. It speaks as the voice of your dad, or someone standing in for your dad, repenting for his failings. (Your spirit and soul don't care who speaks these words over you; they simply need to hear the words.)

The second part of this written father's blessing speaks as the voice of your earthly father (or in some cases even the voice of your heavenly Father), pronouncing safety, health, wellbeing, and prosperity over you.

So you can read this blessing, or you can have someone else speak it over you.

The Father's Blessing

My Dearest Son, My Beloved Daughter,

I don't know why your father hasn't told you this already, whether he couldn't tell you, wouldn't tell you, or didn't tell you when he had the chance, but I'd like to take responsibility for him right now and speak these words to your heart today, from the heart of your father. And in the name of Jesus, I bless you to hear these words today in your body, soul, and spirit—and to receive the healing love of Father God right now.

Beloved son, precious daughter, I confess that I failed you in many ways:

I did not take the time or put forth the effort to love you and raise you the way I should have. I confess that I let you down and hurt you. I left you broken and bleeding in many ways.

I sinned against you and against God. I have hurt you with my sins of anger, rage, addiction, unfaithfulness, lack of love; not covering you, not protecting you, not loving you; abandoning you, rejecting you, accusing you, lashing out at you; not affirming you, not providing for you; lying to you, workaholism, caring about myself more than about you; laziness, self-centeredness, and abusiveness.

I have even hurt you by not releasing you to fly, by not believing in you and supporting you and caring about your life. And I have hurt you by trying to make you something I wanted you to be, instead of allowing you to be everything God made you to be.

I have hurt you in many ways, and I am sorry. I have been so very, very wrong, and I repent to you. I am sorry for all the times I hurt you. I am sorry for all the times I failed you. I am sorry for all the times I wasn't there for you. (Photo via Pxhere)

I am sorry, beloved son, beloved daughter. I hurt you so very badly, and I am sorry. I do not deserve your forgiveness, but because I want to release you and bless you the way Jesus wants me to, I ask: Will you forgive me for hurting you?

(Say "yes" here, if you will. If you are speaking this over someone else, wait for the "yes" response from recipient of the blessing.)

Thank you.

(And now on to the second part of the blessing...)

Beloved son, precious daughter, I desire to bless you right now. I want you to know that I accept you; I do not reject you. I accept you just as you are, and I love you. I accept you and I love you for who you are, for everything God made you to be. I love you, I love you, I love you. I restore you to your place at my table right now, in Jesus' name. You will always hold a special place in my heart. You are my beloved child, and I could never replace you.

My dear son, my beautiful daughter, there is such beauty in you, and I bless you right now with knowing who you are in Jesus, with knowing the greatness that Father God has placed in you, and with knowing exactly what the wonderful things are that God created for you to do in this life.

Son, daughter, I set you free right now from all the hurt and trauma I caused you. I remove it from you right now in Jesus' name. In the name of Jesus, I pluck out every arrow the enemy has ever shot into you; I break them and throw them to the ground, useless and of no effect.

I plead the blood of Jesus over those wounds and I decree that healing is coming right now in Jesus' name. Let the wounds be healed in Jesus' name. They will be healed so perfectly that there will not even be a scar.

In the name of Jesus, I break every word curse that I or others ever spoke over you. I plead the blood of Jesus over those curses, and I decree that they will also fall to the ground right now, useless and of no effect.

I break every bit of shame off of you right now, in Jesus' name. Spirit of shame, leave right now in Jesus' name; this son, this daughter belongs to Jesus, and the righteous shall never be put to shame according to the Word of God. In the name of Jesus, I restore you to honor right now.

Beloved son, beloved daughter, in the name of Jesus I bless you right now with my blessing as your earthly father, and also with the superior blessing of your heavenly Father. And I release you to go forward in blessing and power. I release you from my failings. I release you from my failures. I release you from my inadequacies in parenting you and from all the times I hurt you. I thank you for forgiving me, but I release you to be fathered by the Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Abba Father who loves you.

I bless you with receiving the 'Daddyhood' of God. And I release you, as your father, into the hands of Father God. I bless you to fly and to soar, and I say that the Lord will guide you in ways I never could, and grant you peace. He will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. He will guide you with His eye upon you.

I release you to be everything God has made you to be. I release you to operate in the greatness God has placed in you. In the name of Jesus, my child, I release you to operate in the freedom God has called you to—the freedom that Jesus has purchased for you.

I decree that your heart is healed; I apply the blood of Jesus to your heart. Right now I remove the shame off of you in Jesus' name, and I put double honor on you. I restore you to double honor. I put the cloak of double honor on you as your father, in Jesus' name, and I decree that honor is from the Father and you will walk in it.

Other people will see the honor on your life, the double honor, and it will make a difference in your day-to-day life. All the hurt and pain is leaving right now; it has already left. It's gone as far as the east is from the west, and you are free and whole in the blood of Jesus to be who you are.

I decree that you are safe and protected. In the name of Jesus, I decree that you dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and you abide under His shadow. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. The Lord God shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. I bless you with being healthy, whole, and safe every moment for the rest of your life, in Jesus' name. (Photo via Pxhere)

I decree that you have no limits—that you are unbreakable, unbeatable, and unstoppable because Jesus Christ was broken, beaten, and stopped for you. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. I decree and release you into knowing that you are loved, that you are precious, and that you are beloved.

I release you right now from the orphan spirit that I caused you to have, and I decree your heart is healed. I plead the blood of Jesus over it; I call forth healing, and I place healing in your heart right now, in the name of Jesus. I release you to walk in the divine healing and knowledge of Abba Father.

I decree you have not received a spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption, in the bliss of which you cry out, "Abba, Father!"

I decree that you will have no doubt, ever, about your identity, and that you will know you have a Father in Heaven who has ordained your life, who has divinely formed you. I release you right now from every unhealthy bond with me or other people as your father, and I decree that you are bound to Jesus Christ. I bind you to Jesus, and He Himself will disciple you and teach you. You are bound to Him; you are one with God in Christ Jesus.

My beloved son, my precious daughter, I love you. I cherish you. I'm so proud of you. You bring me joy. You are a delight to me. I am so glad you were born, that you are alive, and that I can call you my son, my daughter. The very fact that you are alive and breathing on the planet is a joy and a blessing to me. Know that you have my heart.

So take wing, beloved son; take wing, beloved daughter. Mount up on wings as eagles! Soar! Fly! Soar into power, purpose, and presence of Jesus in your life. Be free to advance, to thrive, and to scale new peaks and rise up to new heights! Mount up! Be lifted up on the refreshing, healing wind of the Holy Spirit and of the Father's love for you!

I bless you with life in Jesus' name. I command life abundantly into you right now, in Jesus' name. I speak life into you, and I say right now, the Holy Spirit has come from the four winds and has breathed on you. Take a deep breath; He is breathing on you, and you will live.

I bless you with a spirit of life in Christ Jesus. I bless you with a fruitful, abundant relationship with your Abba Father, with the Holy Spirit, and with Jesus Christ our Savior. May the fruit of the Spirit be powerfully and clearly manifested in your life. May you abide in Jesus every moment of your life. May the love, favor, blessing, and power of God flow through you every moment of your life. I bless your comings and your goings in Jesus' name.

Precious son of my heart, beautiful daughter of my heart, you are the apple of my eye. I love you. And so, in Jesus' name, I bless you and I say, "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" (Numbers 6:24–26 NKJV).

In the name of Jesus, I decree that the Lord will "answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; may He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice..." (Psalm 20:1–3 NKJV). May the Lord God your Father "grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose" (Psalm 20:4 NKJV). In Jesus' name.

Beloved, that is the father's blessing spoken over your life. We all need this, and you can have it. Even if the words don't come from your earthly daddy, they do come from your heavenly Father, and your soul needs to hear them.


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Jamie Rohrbaugh
From His Presence

Jamie Rohrbaugh equips people to walk in the manifest presence of God. She blogs for a global readership at, where she writes about prayer, the prophetic word, living supernaturally, inner healing, and Kingdom wealth. Her podcast, Take Your Territory with Jamie Rohrbaugh, can be found on iTunes and Spotify. Jamie holds a Master's in Biblical Studies from Berea Seminary and is the grateful servant-in-chief of the From His Presence Prophetic Hub in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Check out her FREE ebook, "Praying the Names of God: 555 Biblical Names of God and How to Use Them In Prayer and Worship," on her website.


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