I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”
“Oh, Lord, I ask that you bless me indeed.” Thus began the prayer of a long ago saint named Jabez. His mother suffered profoundly during labor andnamed him Jabez meaning, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
However, Jabez cried out to God to change his future, pleading for a double blessing. His prayer continued as he asked for an enlarged territory and that he would not cause pain.
Could I be so bold? Wouldn’t that be presumptuous? But to my wonder the Bible says, “And God granted him his request” (I Chronicles 4:10).
The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson has captured the hearts of many. One of the first chapters is titled, “So, Why not Ask?” I read the startling chapter with reeling doubts. My mother raised me right. It was impolite to ask for something frivolous. Asking God to bless me simply the sake of blessing seemed outright selfish!
Scripture states that Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.” This was worth investigating. “Lord, will you bless me today?”
At day’s end, I had received no special blessing. Feeling rather smug and certainly justified, I spoke up, “See there, Lord? You didn’t bless me.” I had made my point. It is wrong to ask for a blessing for no gallant purpose.
But Father is so kind. As soon as I had spoken my husband announced, “Oh, Margie, a teacher friend (a finance instructor from China) has a gift for you.” The time was six pm. Bob handed me a long red box. Opening it, I gasped!
I held a smooth pearl necklace in my hands—a surprise from Father. They were perfect, beautiful and my Bridegroom gave them to me— for no apparent reason. But why, Lord? I could live without these. Isn’t this too much?
And although He whispered I felt His ardor packed with power, packed with crazy love to change a heart—a life. “Because… thou art Mine.”
Have you ever prayed, “Lord, if you answer this one prayer, I’ll never bother you again.”? Stop it, dear sister.
You are His treasure. He is enthralled with your beauty. Get alone with your Beloved and ask that your joy may be full.
All day His arms are outstretched toward you. Because…you are His!