I believe that God has given every person the ability to talk to and hear from Him! This is an amazing ability that He has blessed us with and we need to be extra careful not to take it for granted. The best way to not take it for granted is to use it for His glory and everyone’s blessing!
We are learning the steps that we must take, if we are going to use this gift of powerful prayer to accomplish glory and blessing. We are being “schooled” by “The Prayer Of Jabez!”. A prayer which was made popular a few years ago by a book written by Dr. Bruce Wilkerson about the prayer which is found in I Chronicles 4:9-10.
This is what those two verses share: “9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”
The first step is the Step Of Integrity! If we are going to pray powerful prayers, then we must be people of honor, people who’s walk and talk match up to bring glory to our Creator and Sustainer!
The second step is the Step Of Godly Focus! When we pray we need to make sure that our prayers are talking to and listening for God and His will for our lives. God has a plan and it is to bless us, so we need to make sure that we are paying attention to Him!
The third step is the Step Of Request! The scripture says that Jabez cried out to God and asked: “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!” He requested the very thing that God was longing to give Him! God wants to bless you and God wants to give you room to grow and prosper. The Bible is full of the promises of God and in so many of those promises, God is declaring His love and through that love the desire to do things for you, that you could never do for yourself.
“We have not, because we ask not!” What is it that God is leading you to request from Him? Could it be that you don’t have what you need because you have been trying to obtain it in your own strength and power? Could it be that God is just waiting for you to ask, so that He might respond and bring glory to Himself while giving blessings to you?
Take some time today to listen to God! Look into His Word and discover His awesome and amazing promises and then go to Him with the request that He has laid on your heart and get ready for Him to do a work in and through your life!