Michael W. Smith on Simple Blessings
The contemporary Christian music star discusses his new book and the power of prayer.
BY: Jennifer E. Jones
Michael W. Smith is a Grammy and Dove award-winning artist who is the author of A Simple Blessing: The Extraordinary Power of an Ordinary Prayer. He spoke with Beliefnet about the importance of praying blessing and how it changes lives.
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Q. Knowing that prayer is not a formula for a perfect life, what should people expect when praying a blessing over someone else?
A. They should be expecting it’s going to come true. Even if that person doesn’t have the faith to receive it, I think you can have enough faith for them to receive it. It’s amazing how many people have not had a blessing ever spoken over them. First time I ever did it was on a ship in front of a thousand fans. The response was so overwhelming. There was a common thread throughout the whole day: "I've never had a blessing spoken over me." "I had an abusive dad." "My mom was absent." Sad story after sad story. I believe there’s power in the spoken word. I’ve seen people who were in the funk totally come out of it.
Q. And then there are people who just don’t believe that God could be that good to them.
A. If I had to address one issue, it would be that. I don't think you can live a fulfilled life and walk in the goodness of God unless you know how much He really loves you. Some people I know are always in the funk, beating themselves up – just negativity and a low self-esteem. I think a lot of that is from the way they were raised. It's like in these third world countries. You grow up in poverty and think, 'This is my life. I was born in poverty; I'm going to die in poverty.' It's a big lie. Believe what the Word says about you. He not only loves us, He likes us. He's fond of us. He calls us His own. He knows us by our name – Scripture after Scripture of settling the identity crisis of who we are in him. Once you get that piece, that's 90 percent of the battle.