Day 3 – Lord, Bless Me
We learn to pray “Lord, bless me” through the prayer of Jabez.
“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request” (1 Chronicles 4:10).
When you pray with Jabez, “Oh, that you would bless me,” you are praying:
“Father God, from your unlimited goodness, pour out your blessing upon me. You know best what I need most, and you have the power to give. Impart your spiritual favor. All the blessings I receive – the what, the where, the when, the how – are all gifts of your grace. I receive.”
When you are praying “enlarge my territory”, you are praying:
“My God and King, enlarge my life so I can make this world a better place. Expand my opportunities and influence. Extend my borders. Stretch me beyond my comfort zone. Everything you’ve put under my care, take it and enlarge it, so I can touch more lives for you.”
When you are praying “let your hand be with me”, you are praying:
“Holy Spirit, enable me so I can fulfill all you want me to do. Upon you I am dependent. Place your hand upon me. Fill me. Guide my thoughts and words and actions. Complete the good work you’ve begun in me. Work through me to accomplish what I cannot.”
When you are praying “keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain”, you are praying:
“Lord, help me recognize when I am tempted and resist it. Keep the devil far from me. Protect me from deception. Spare me from making bad decisions. Keep me from spoiling the blessings you desire to bring about through me. Through Christ, I declare victory and live in triumph.”
The purpose of the Jabez prayer is not for some feeling or benefit that you get to enjoy in a selfish way.
Rather, you are inviting God to take you on a spiritual journey to bless you so you can bless others.
Prayer: “Lord, pour out your blessing upon me that I may be a blessing to others.”
~ Pastor Dave