Why Do We Ask God to Bless Us?
by Janis Cox
We are attending a church that started a 6-week study of Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. Many years ago my Bible study worked through his book and we saw amazing things happen. Not sure why I stopped praying this prayer.
Here are some dictionary definitions of the word bless:
express or feel gratitude to; thank:
call (God) holy; praise (God).
consecrate (something) by a religious rite, action, or spoken formula.
to confer or invoke divine favor upon; ask God to look favorably on:
Bruce tells us that:
to bless in the biblical sense means to ask or to impart supernatural favor*.
Bruce does ask the question:
Is it possible that God wants you to be “selfish” in your prayers? To ask for more from the Lord? *
It is not asking more for ourselves – it is asking more from the Lord. It is a blessing from God that we seek.
The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth; all our work adds nothing to it (Proverbs 10:22, TLB).
God decides the blessing. We trust Him to give good gifts to His children.
Bruce states this so clearly.
When we seek God’s blessing as the ultimate value in life, we are throwing ourselves entirely into the river of His will and power and purpose for us. *
READ that again. And again.
Putting ourselves into His will – ENTIRELY.
This year I have decided to be even more intentional in my prayers.
My books for this year include:
Power of Persistent Prayer by Cindy Jacobs
Possessing the Gates of the Enemy by Cindy Jacobs
Not a Fan by Kyle Idelman
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
Now I think I am ready for the Jabez prayer. I have seen miracle happenings and divine appointments in the past 2 months.
I am ready for more.
God’s power to accomplish great things suddenly finds no obstruction in you. You are moving in His direction. You’re praying for exactly what God desires. *
Bruce says there is a CATCH – there is always one, eh? We must ASK for the blessing.
ASK – ASK – ASK
Lord, bless me indeed.
God’s bounty is limited only by us, not by His resources, power or willingness to give. *
What do you think?
Are you willing to trust God in His will for your life?
Are you willing to pray this prayer – Lord, bless me indeed – every day?
If you write about the Prayer of Jabez please email me and I will feature you next week as I continue this 6 week adventure in prayer.
You can also tell me your experiences in the comments.
* All quotes are taken from Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson.
Are you putting yourself into God’s will – entirely? (tweet this)
God’s bounty is limited only by us, not by His resources, power or willingness to give ~ Bruce Wilkinson (tweet this)
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.
Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.
I feel the same way. We watch how God is moving. And praying this prayer can be the beginning. But we must watch so we don’t miss opportunities.
Thanks for sharing this, Janis, and the reminder of the prayer of Jabez. I too read this book some time ago, but was quick to drop the application. We are moving more and more in the same direction God is moving. I want to start saying this prayer again. Lord, bless us indeed!