Parental Transfer (Part 2)
Revive Israel, Featured Blog by Asher Intrater, July 4, 2019
The second reference to parents in the Ten Commandments describes the positive mechanism of receiving blessings from God through our parents.
Exodus 20:12 – Honor your father and your mother so that your days will be long upon the land.
Esteeming Our Parents
The way we receive blessings from our parents is simply to honor them. What goes up, comes down. When we honor our parents upwards, blessings come downwards. This includes long life, health, success and fulfillment of personal destiny.
Honor is a spiritual attitude. It places us in a position to receive. Honoring our parents neither means doing everything they say, nor letting them continue to hurt us, nor even agreeing with what they say. It does mean having a respectful attitude, speaking respectfully, and otherwise showing honor.
A prayer of parental honor might sound like this: “Heavenly Father, I thank you for my father and my mother. You designed them for me. I forgive them of any wrongs, and I receive through them all of the good things You planned for my life.”
An expression of honor to them might sound like this: “Mom and Dad, I thank you so much for being my parents. I appreciate you, love you and honor you. You are the best mom and dad in the whole world. Please bless me so that I can carry on the good things that God intends for my life.”
Since there are two channels (good and bad) and two parents (mom and dad), there are four areas to deal with.
Forgiving your father
Honoring your father
Forgiving your mother
Honoring your mother.