Scripture Passage: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.
What do you think about how Jabez’s prayed?
It’s Okay to Pray for Yourself
Jabez was bold to call upon the Lord to bless him. He desired to have God’s best and biggest blessings! We have the same freedom to pray with that kind of expectation.
Have you ever prayed this kind of prayer?
It’s Okay to Pray for Influence
Jabez also prayed for God to enlarger His boarders. That is not only referring to his land borders but also his areas of influence. Jabez didn’t ask these things for selfish gain but to be used for God’s glory.
Have you ever prayed for God to do something greater than what you could do in your own strength? If so share!
The Most Important Request is for More Of God
Jabez prayed that God’s hand would be with him! As believers, since the resurrection of Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us all the time! One of the most significant requests we could ask is to have God take all the pieces of our lives and form them together for what He wants to do!
Are there any parts of your life you are still holding on? Pray and ask the Lord to loosen your grip on those pieces and allow God to bring healing, forgiveness and strength to them!
Remember: God can use your life and bless you and your family in ways you may have never expected when you ask Him to do things beyond what you can do in your own strength! By His power and for His glory let’s move into this New Year with great anticipation for what He will do through our church family at Kingsland to impact the Kingdom of God.