Prayer of Blessing
“Then He conducted them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up His hands, He invoked a blessing on them. And it occurred that while He was blessing them, He parted from them and was taken up into heaven.” Luke 24:50-51, AMPCE
When Jesus lifted His hands, it was most likely to lay His hands on His Disciple’s heads to pray, for this was the ordinary way in which the paternal prayer of blessing was conveyed, (see Genesis 48:8-20 example). Jesus’ supernatural leaving of His earthly, bodily ministry among His followers is referred to as “The Ascension of Christ.” This dramatic departure of the risen Christ happened forty days after His resurrection. Jesus' departure into heaven was a bodily ascension in His resurrection body. Later, Stephen and Paul both reported seeing Jesus in bodily form after His ascension (Acts 7:56; 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:8).
The ascension marked the beginning of Christ's intercession for His followers from the right hand of God where He makes continual intercessory prayers for all believers (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14; 6:20; 7:25). As Christians we enjoy peace, hope, and security because Christ, who is ever interceding on our behalf, is our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). This supernatural ascension still wows me and reminds me that Jesus will return to earth in the second coming in the same way He left this earth, traveling in the clouds. Let us pray together…
Father God, You are All-Powerful! Our jaws drop when we think of Your all-consuming mighty resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead and then raised Him to heaven. We approach You with honor due Your Name. Our hearts bow before You in worship and praise! Jesus, You are the Overcoming One, who conquered death and the grave! Thank You for the sweet reconciliation to Our Father You made possible! We can never stop thanking You for this glorious gift of family!. Thank You also that Your, “divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3, NIV). Forgive us for forgetting You have given us Your resurrection power and authority over the enemy. Teach us to walk empowered by Your Spirit and to pray blessings for the Church. To the glory of God, in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.