Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." Jabez 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 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10 (NIV).
Many years ago a man went into the office of a well known CEO of a major company. The man was requesting some assistance for missionary work. He asked the CEO for $10,000 for a particular project. The CEO had a very disappointed expression on his face. The man asked him if there was a problem and the CEO proceeded to tell him he was prepared to write a check for $100,000! The CEO told the man that he was disappointed he had asked for something so small. We serve a great and awesome God and by faith we need to think large when we pray.
We should pray that God will give us greater opportunities than we have ever had before. Ask Him to increase your influence. Ask Him to open huge doors that no one can close. Pray that God will give you bigger dreams and visions for your future. May we never come to a place in our walk with Christ that we settle for less than the best. Ask God to take you places you have never been before. To give you greater faith and greater power in your Christian lfe. Pray that God will continually make a way where there just doesn't seem to be a way.
Ask God today to enlarge your territory. Make yourself available. That's all He needs to get started - your availability. If we can make ourselves available to Him, God will make amazing things happen through the greasy, grimy, filthy mess of our lives. God will deliver the priceless, pure, wonderful message of Jesus through the flawed, failed fabric of our lives.
Dear Jesus, we pray today that you would increase our territory! Give us a vision and the will and the capacity to grow in faith everywhere you lead us. Shape us to be flexible in the work and quick to react to changing needs. May we be generous with our time, our resources and the Spirit. Help us to be open to all and to reflect Godliness in all areas of our lives. May we be courageous to grow and to go as you lead each of us according to your will. Make us aware of the people you have so carefully placed in our paths. Lord, make us ambitious to win them ALL, that no one would go through life without the hope and love you offer. God make us assertive, fearless and feverous in our spiritual warfare to see lives totally and completely changed.
Oh God, enlarge our territory!
Blessings to you ladies!