David and I have started something new this week. Seems like January has brought lots of good changes in our household and we want to do more:)
He read a little book which I’m sure many of you have read. It is not anything new but I have never read it. It is by Bruce Wilkinson entitled “The Prayer of Jabez“. I have heard of this “prayer” for years but didn’t remember what was in it. (I’m sure you can buy it at the Christian bookstore - it’s very small - probably aroun $6)
This little book took me one hour to read and let me tell you it is packed full! I am amazed! David read it Saturday and told me we needed to begin praying this prayer in our home. So I read it this past week and I was so impressed with it that I have copied it and put a copy where we can see it daily and pray it.
The author challenges you to pray this prayer for 30 days and he explains the prayer in his little book. David and I have taken that challenge.
In one week, I am already seeing ways God is opening up things in our lives! I’m not kidding! He also says to keep a journal so I started writing down on a notepad things just from this past week and I couldn’t believe it.
I have been a Christian for 43 years. I have never known a time in my life without Jesus. I grew up in church hearing the stories of Jesus. Then I asked Him into my heart at a very young age and became a Christian in name but didn’t really know what that would involve.
I believe we are wrong to tell people to just say a prayer and ask Him in your heart and that’s all it takes. No, that is not all it takes. Yes that’s the first step but we better be willing to put our hand to the plow and to me that means work:) Not that we work to get to Him but because we love Him we want to do things that would please Him.
This is hard! I think it gets harder cause as we grow the way sure does get narrower. We have to cull things out of our life that we know He just would not like and that means we gotta not be selfish and boy is that a hard one for me! But I love this Christian walk. I love knowing that Jesus loves me! I love being guided by Him and listening to people that love Him.
My aunt that passed away this past summer was the godliest person I know. I mean it! As we went thru her things, I asked my cousin, why was she so peaceful, so kind, so gentle. I know she loved God but I love God and I’m as highstrung as they come! So what was it and her daughter said that everything she read, everything she watched, everything she listened to was about God. She was absolutely bathed in the things of God daily. She didn’t give evil a chance to take place in her heart.
I want to be more like that. I am trying to listen to good teaching on t.v. There are so many preachers that are just plain weird and off track that you have to be careful but I try to listen in the mornings to some that encourage me as I’m getting ready for the day. (Then I shut it off - and mute those commercials - they are horrible!!) Our computer is in the kitchen so while I cook or clean I listen to James Dobson’s radio guests (www.focusonthefamily.com) or Beth Moore (www.lproof.org) . You can go to their websites and listen free. The things we listen to really do matter.
I am trying to read more things about God and be in His Word more consistently. I want to be more like Him. I mean it…that’s the bottom line….it’s my hearts desire. Even on the days, I feel like I’m flying apart. Even on the days that I can’t get things done and I”m stressed. Even then, especially then…I want to be what God meant for me to be when He created me.
What did He have in mind for me? What was His plan that He wanted me to do while I lived on this earth. That’s what I want to tap into and do.
Sooooo all that to say, my hubby and I are being accountable to each other to pray this prayer for 30 days and read the book once a week for four weeks. We are excited to say the least to see what God will do if we can get out of the way and let Him work!
Here’s the prayer. I color coded it so that I would really “see” each section as I read it. We have it on the refrigerator, on the laundry room door and in the bathroom. We also have a small one to put in our bibles. Warning: Don’t assume by reading this that you understand it. I thought it was very simple but when “blessing” and “territory” were explained to me that were NOT what I thought they were.
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
“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.”
So God granted him what he requested.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Talk to ya later:)