As I journey on the path of life, I read or listen to my Bible on a regular basis. I quite enjoy the drama of the Old Testament and I am inspired by the miracles and transformations in the New Testament. When it comes to a few books of lineage like Chronicles, I tend to read it blah. blah. blah. It really is quite boring reading the sons of …. the sons of…. the sons of……. I can’t even write about it because it is puts me to sleep.
While I was skipping chapters of the Bible, I was missing two verses hidden in I Chronicles 4:9-10.In 2000,Bruce Wilkinson published a little book called The Prayer of Jabez on these two verses.
The verses read like this: Jabez was more distinguished than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because she had such a hard time at his birth (Jabez means Distress). He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “ Oh that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work, please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request. (That is the wording from the Life Application Bible)
In his book, Wilkinson introduces the concept of gimper. The definition of a gimper is:Someone who always does a little more than what’s required or expected.Someone who hates mediocrity, an overachiever, always doing his/her best in everything, is not satisfied with “it’s okay”; it has to be “it’s great!” He can never settle for anything less than what’s best for him because of the gimper in him. Gimpers never quit.
He challenges his reader to make the Jabez prayer for blessing a part of the daily fabric of your life. He encourages his reader to pray the prayer of Jabez every day for thirty days in a row.
I am a believer in the power of prayer. But I have to admit asking for God to bless me seems unnatural. So the first time I prayed this I was just reciting words and didn’t really pay attention to the fact that I was asking the Creator of Heaven and Earth to bless me. Secretly, I was hoping to win the lottery. But I also tied my prayer to how unworthy I felt.
All of the stories on my blog are about how I see God move in my heart. Since I started praying this prayer I have realized that God blesses me to bless others. I love the feeling of being empowered and prayer helps me to shift my powerless to an all powerful God. I hate missing out on things.and prayer helps me to grab on to God’s promises. and I don’t want to miss out on any of His promises to me. My prayers can write my story and change my future and those around me. Everyday I hear people complaining about situations in their lives, we are made for more than the life we are living.
When was the last time God worked through you in such a way the you knew beyond a doubt that God had done it? Want a bigger vision for your life.
I often miss out on how God works. I think blessing means monetary gain but God wants to change my heart towards my fellow travellers. Looking back over my life, I can see how God changed my heart and everything else was added as needed. I am ready to take the challenge of praying the Jabez prayer for 30 days. Will you journey with me? I will blog on a daily basis of how God is moving. I have heard God moves slowly. That is not my experience. God moves quickly when we invite Him to. In the comments below share how God is blessing you and let’s walk this journey together. Why don’t you invite some friends and let’s make it a celebration. Let’s get to know each other while we watch God move.