A Popular Prayer
I am really curious how many of you have read the book, The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. My husband’s brother gave him a copy back in 2001, and it seemed like everyone was talking about it. I read it many years ago and then again last year. The content is simple and taken from one small scripture:
“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.” I Chronicles 4:10
So many times I have seen this as just asking for blessings, but it is so much more. When we are walking with the Lord, desiring to further His Kingdom, and trying not to bring harm to others, that is when we find ourselves receiving the blessings.
Many of you know that I am currently reading the book of Deuteronomy. This week I came across a verse that brought all of this to mind. See the similarities:
“If the Lord your God enlarges your territory as He swore to your fathers, and gives you all the land He promised to give them – provided you keep every one of these commands I am giving you today and follow them, loving the Lord your God and walking in His ways at all times – you are to add three more cities to these three.” Deut. 19:8-9
In these scriptures, it was very clear that the Israelites (just like us) had to do their part as well. Their hearts had to be right to want to obey, follow, and love the Lord while walking in His ways. That is when you experience true blessings!
If you haven’t read the book, I highly encourage you to get it. I found several copies at a library sale a while back and got them all, so if you are local and want one, I have a few – just let me know. If you are not geographically close to me, here is a link if you want to order one. The Prayer of Jabez
My prayer is to have the right heart condition to pray this prayer with pure motives and love for the Lord. I hope you will join me in this effort.
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Little Golden Books Update
When I posted about the Little Golden Books I had ordered, I was waiting to receive the ones on Queen Elizabeth II and Lucille Ball. Now that I have them, I have to say that they are better than I expected. Right when you think you know everything out there about a person, then comes a Little Golden Book to teach you more! If you missed the post with the links, click here.
I still have not tried the Pepper Jack Crack Chicken! Things keep coming up when I am planning to have it, but I will continue to try. Have any of you tried it? If so, please share in the comments. Here is a quick link to the current menu – click here to go to the post. If you would like to share quick and easy recipes that I can share with everyone, please feel free to send them to me.
Have a Grace & Joy-filled Day!
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“When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.” Psalms 94:19