Theme: Ask For It
The biggest revelation that changed my prayer life was the prayer of Jabez. I first learned about it through a series done by Bruce Wilkinson. Jabez begins his prayer by ASKING God for His blessing. The thing about blessing is it's God's blessing. And God's blessing is not our blessing. That is the whole key to it, asking for God's blessing and then surrendering to whatever that may be. And believing God is a good Father who desires to bless his children. James 4:2-3 tells us, “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” God wants to bless us, but He is often waiting for us to ask with the right heart. We have a big God, and we can be bold in asking for His blessing. As James points out, God sees our heart, and when we ask for blessing with the motivation not only to help ourselves but to help others, this gets His attention. “Oh, that You would bless me...” Ask God for His blessing. Recognize your need for His provision, and set your heart toward wanting more than you need so that you can be a blessing to others. Every day this week pray, "Oh, that you would bless me."
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 4:10
"Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that You would bless me..."
“Father God, I pray that You would bless me with more than I need so that I can bless others. I pray for more provision, that You would equip me to give generously to others and meet their practical needs in Your Name. I ask You to give me greater spiritual gifting so that I can strengthen the church and be more effective for the Kingdom of God. I pray for an abundance of wisdom and discernment so that I can point others to You and make decisions that honor You. Bless our church, all of our leaders and ministries. Help us keep Your generous blessings in perspective, so that we may never become self-serving but stay focused on using what You’ve given us to serve other people. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”