The prayer of Jabez was a hot topic some time ago. It was suggested that we pray this prayer daily. The prayer was based on this verse:
Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.
1 Chronicles 4:10 NASB
I never really jumped on the Jabez band wagon. I think I’ve prayed this prayer maybe twice. My daily prayer is “Lord, I want to walk in Your will today.” I think when our desire is to walk in the Lord’s will – blessings are poured upon us.
In the last week, my prison ministry opportunities were expanded twice.
I got a call last week asking if I could fill in for the woman who normally does three jail services on Wednesdays. I was honored to fill in… and the first time experience of conducting three services in one night was awesome and humbling. The details all worked out… they dynamic of each service was unique and each service was blessed.
Last night I participated in our normal bi-monthly church service given by our church. Pat presented the message and I was in charge of the music. During worship, an officer came to the door and called me out. “Can you do a church service for Ward 14 also?”
I hesitated only because I knew doing two services would make it a late night for our women volunteers, and they are not used to staying out late. “Yes, we’d love too” I said.
Last night we gave a church service for two wards… it was again a wonderful experience….
I believe we had the opportunity – not because I asked God to expand my territory… but because of my desire to walk in His will, no matter where the journey might take me.
Learning from Jabez is a good thing… walking in the will of God is even better.