It was a little prayer mentioned in a very little book.
But the answers to that prayer have been bigger than I ever imagined.
My first connection with The Prayer of Jabez was several years ago. What struck me at the time was how Jabez, an average, nondescript man in the Bible, prayed a simple short prayer and then larger than life things happened. He got what he asked for!
“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 I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.” (I Chronicles 4:9-10)
Encouraged by author Dr. Bruce Wilkinson’s narrative about this regular-guy Jabez, I decided to pray this same prayer in my own words with an emphasis on “enlarging my territory.”
What I didn’t expect was a deluge of answers!
The first surprise came in February 2008 shortly after reading the book. It was an invitation from the Tri-City Herald to write this blog.
Since my reaction was “What’s a blog?” I knew this was brand new territory.
Then at the end of March that same year, I was asked to host and produce the KWSU & KTNW Public Television show In Steppe. Heavenly days!
My prayer was bringing in amazing answers at a shocking pace. This program would be regional and once again God had given me a new frontier.
Two years have flown by since I asked God to enlarge my sphere of influence — a new territory — that that would bring “light” in a variety of ways: humor, information and His Light. The miracle of sorts has been that my Jabez prayer has been answered again and again — and I expect more on the way.
From time to time, I hear from you and I know this blog — and the television show — have touched your life. Maybe you’ve laughed, or shed a tear, or learned something new. That blesses me each time to see how far-reaching an answer to prayer can be.
In the next Light Notes I’ll tell you about a telephone call from a reader — one that really expanded my territory. I think it’ll touch your heart like it has mine. In the meantime, pick up the Prayer of Jabez for a good read — and some big answers.