The Prayer of Jabez
‘OH, THAT … YOU’RE HAND [WOULD] BE WITH ME …’
1 CHRONICLES 4:10.
When God begins to bless you, your opportunities can outrun your strength, your experience, and your resources. God’s blessings can actually ‘overtake’ you (Deuteronomy 28:2). Imagine having more business than you can handle, more opportunities than you can respond to, more demands on your gift than you can fulfill l. That’s the reason Jabez prayed, ‘When I’m successful, keep me dependent on you!’
Why do you think the Bible says, ‘… if riches increase, set not your heart upon them’ (Psalm 62:10). Or, ‘Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!’ (Luke 6:26). God’s saying, ‘When you’re successful, don’t get out of balance. Keep first things first! Always lean on me!’ Big-screen heroes may not put much stock in dependence, but you and I were made for it. God’s plan has never been to make you great, but to keep you humble, and become great through you. Listen: ‘The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…’ (2 Chronicles 16:9). Doug McKnight was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 32. Over the next 16 years, it would cost him his career, his mobility and eventually his life. But he never lost his sense of gratitude. When his church friends asked him to compile a list of prayer requests, he responded by sending them 18 blessings for which to be grateful, and six concerns for which to be prayerful. His blessings were three times greater than his needs. Doug discovered that what he had in God was greater than whatever he didn’t have in life. Have you?