crown crossThink about the Biblical context of what being blessed means… Note what is in bold-italic

Mt 5:3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Ac 20:35 Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

1 Pet 3:14 If you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.

1 Pet 4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

To be “blessed” according to the Scripture means: Recognition of personal sin and mourning as a result… being persecuted… reviled… lied about and slandered… giving to others… being insulted… and dying in Christ. So it is possible when we pray and ask God to bless us, without realizing it, we are asking for a life experience in keeping with these things. I’m not sure many of us have made that connection. There is no crown without a cross… for Jesus or us.

It is for this reason Jesus said about the sower and seed as recorded in Mark 4:16-17…

The ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

This is the reasons Jesus made it very hard to follow him (Mt 19:16-22; Jn 6:52-66). His blessings are not in keeping with the world’s definition of blessing, neither then or now. Soo….

When we ask God to bless us, let’s consider carefully what that means and how God may do it.