What it Takes to be More Than the Rest – Part 1
The story of Jazeb which exists in only 2 verses of the entire Bible has been used in teachings and books that are popular all around the world. “Jabez” is one of the most familiar names in Christian society. I thought I knew all there was to know on Jabez until God gave me a new perspective about this man who prayed one of the most famous prayers of our day, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!”
Isn’t that a great prayer? I wish that was a Kerry Clark original. Allow me to share a sample with you of how I use this prayer in my life. I pray this prayer from time to time…
Lord, bless me indeed. Let there be no doubt in my mind or those around me that You, God have blessed me. Bless me indeed!
Enlarge my territory. Lord give me more. More land. More influence. More respect. Everything that I have currently Lord, please enlarge it. Allow my resources to grow and flourish.
Place Your hand on me. Lord, place Your hand on me so that You cause everything I do to prosper and be successful. Surround me with favor as a shield and shield me from evil.
I admit this “Jabez” prayer is a great one. However, I’m not writing this to tell you about the prayer Jabez prayed, but rather to give you insight into why it was so successful. The Bible says that God granted his request. Do you have any requests that you would like granted? I want to show you how to get the same results that Jabez received when you pray.
I’ve found 3 lessons or what I call takeaways from this story that doesn’t include his prayer at all. But, before we get to those…
I want you to try out this short and simple prayer of “Jabez” for yourself.
What would your life be like if God blessed you indeed? You’d become an extraordinary human-being.
What if God enlarged your territory? You’d have a life like no one else.
What would happen if God placed His hand on you? There would be no one else on earth like you, no one able to impact the world like you, or have the success you would have.
Pray this prayer and begin seeing God work in your life, your family, your work, your business, your relationships and your world.