Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Today I was pondering a short prayer from 1Chronicals 4:9-10. This prayer is placed right in the midst of the list of the decendents of Judah .It has become Known as the prayer of Jabez. As I was reading this short prayer It hit me that I was not grasping the full implications of such a bold prayer. At first it seemed to be quite self centered, But then I remembered what Jesus said. "Ye have not because ye ask not." God wants us to ask and to ask big! Our dependence on him is a true form of worship that is fully based on faith and trust in his love for us and his amazing power. God wants to bless us so much more then we could ever ask. Jabez unlocked the mystery to a more abundant life when he cried out to God saying "Oh that you would bless me indeed, and increase my territory, that your hand would be upon me , and that you would keep me from evil that I may cause no pain. This prayer is packed with spiritual power and truth. We need God to meet our deepest needs and we need to ask him to transform us into vessels for his honor. We need the power of God to keep us from sin because we are but weak flesh and blood. Without the fullness of Gods blessings and power we can never fully become the person he created us to be. So pray as Jabez prayed and ask God to bless you and increase your territory, (your destiny,) and to keep you from evil that you shall cause no pain to others. You will be amazed what God can and will do in your life.