Not enough just to dream…Pray!

The prayer of Jabez is my mind today. You know, I grew up in an environment where we were taught mostly to be content with what you have. And it is is true that Godliness with contentment is great gain. However, Jabez prayed a bold prayer. In I Chronicles 4:9-10 it says that 1st, he was more honorable than his brothers and he was a very good man. Then he prayed this, “Bless me, God and give me much land. Be with me and keep me from anything evil that might cause me pain.” And then it says that GOD GAVE HIM WHAT HE PRAYED FOR. I have had my share of disappointments and pain over the years. As a matter of fact, before moving to Houston, I had been so wounded, bruised and disillusioned by the previous season of my life that I felt “dead” inwardly. I felt paralyzed and it seemed as if I didn’t have the will to ask God to bless me anymore because of the fear of the pain that might come along with being blessed again. What a trick of the enemy…to get us to be so disheartened by difficult times that we cease to press further into the new things that God has for us. Jabez’s mother had an extremely painful time delivering him at birth. You could say it was a difficult birthing, but his beginning did not set his life on a course of pain and poverty. He had the courage to pray a bold prayer, ignoring the circumstances of his beginning and birth. He asked that the Lord would enlarge his territory and give him MUCH land. And, not only that, he went on to ask that God would be with him and keep him from all evil and anything that would cause him pain. AND GOD GAVE HIM WHAT HE PRAYED FOR! Have you stopped dreaming? Better yet, what is the last thing you asked God for? Listen, your biggest request is small in comparison to the greatness of God. AND, it is not enough to just dream. ASK/PRAY FOR WHAT YOU WANT AND DESIRE. Don’t just sit and wonder all day and night about what your life could be like. Do something about it and pray and petition God. Better yet, make sure that you are an honorable person in your relationship with God and man. Then, God will bless you, indeed. And move past the things that have happened to you before today. That is no barrier for blessings. God can penetrate and obliterate those protective walls you have erected and make a path for the BIG things you ask for. Today is a new day. Make a decision that you are going to dream big again. Decide to pray and ask for what you desire. Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Have a blessed day. Dream again…

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