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Praying Like Jabez

  • Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border! May your hand be with me, and may you keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!' God granted him that which he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 WEB

    We need balance in prayer. Some people are too ashamed of their past to ask God for anything. They feel that they have messed up so bad that they are lucky to be saved at all. Others tend to think that God is the great Santa Claus in heaven, or a pet to command. Their life centers around themselves, instead of God. Neither view is correct and balance is one of the keys to a happy life. The enemy will always try to get you out of balance in order to hinder your prayers. Either you do not pray at all, or you pray for the wrong thing, or with the wrong motive. James wrote:

    'You don't have, because you don't ask. You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures' (James 4:3 WEB).

    There is nothing wrong with asking God to bless you, prosper you, and keep you safe, just as Jabez did. When you come to the Lord, your past is forgiven and you become a child of God with all the benefits and perks that entails. You are not a second class citizen in His family, and you get to sit at the table with everyone else.

    If anyone on earth has a right to ask God for something, you do. 'Sister Bertha Better-than-you' is actually not better than you. For you are forgiven and you can pray for the things that you need. Jesus told us to pray: 'Give us today our daily bread.' So don't be afraid to ask God for the things that you need. When Jabez asked, God granted his request. Sure there needs to be balance, but what if Jabez had not prayed at all? Pray like Jabez did.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for all of Your blessings on my life. I pray that You extend my borders and means to help others. Please give me Your wisdom to manage my life, family, work, relationships, and time. Lead me and never let me stray from Your path, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those following our Creation Photographers group, here is the theme of the week: Good Morning Creation Photographers!! School is out as of Thursday, for the grandkids and Summer has officially begun for us. That makes me smile!! Psalm 126:2-3 'Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, 'The LORD has done great things for them.' The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.'- 'What Makes You Smile' will be our next fun theme and is open for interpretation as always. You are also encouraged to post anything that inspires you as well! My photos today (in the group) reflect some of the birding shots that made me smile yesterday. A baby hawk, an eagle with a fish on, and the osprey feather and heart blessing he left behind for me...that made me actually giggle! May your hearts be forever filled with laughter and your shouts of joy be to our Lord & Grand Creator! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Sheri Buckner
Sheri Buckner

AMEN!!! Thank you, Pastor Todd, for this word this morning. Only God knows how much I needed to read this!

June 11, 2019
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Come boldly unto the throne of grace! Amen!

June 11, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

June 11, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

June 11, 2019
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen 

June 11, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

June 11, 2019
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen and amen

June 11, 2019
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

June 11, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

June 11, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

June 11, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Lead us for your glory.Give us wisdom, blessings,knowledge and love . Amen 

June 11, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God you know the things I need and will provide help me to not fret and have strong faith. Open doors please God. Get through to us what needs to be done. Thank you Jesus Praise God Amen 

June 11, 2019
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Amen! Thank You Pastor Dion!

June 11, 2019
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Thank you God.

June 11, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father I thank You for all of Your blessings on my life. I pray that You extend my borders and means to help others. Please give me Your wisdom to manage my life, family, work, relationships, and time. Lead me and never let me stray from Your path, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

June 11, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Yes lord  walk with me every moment of my life  amen

June 11, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen, Thank you Lord. 

June 11, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all Your blessings and protection throughout my life, give me the wisdom to stay on Your path and wait for Your designs. Lead me to receive that You have for me and to help others according to Your will. In the glorious name of Jesus I pray, Amen. 

Pastor, I thank you for this wonderful devotional. God bless you.

June 11, 2019
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Judith B
Judith Bedited: June 11, 2019

Thank you Pastor Todd for these timely and well deserved words. I now have a new strategy to add to my prayer life. May God continue to blees you and keep you and speak to and through you in Jesus' name.AMEN!!

 

June 11, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! Yes Lord, may this be my prayer as well, please use me and fill me with Thy mighty holy spirit, that others may see You, oh Lord my God, not me, more of Thee and less of me, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

June 11, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

June 11, 2019
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you Lord Jesus for your Love 

June 11, 2019
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

'O that thou would bless me indeed....

June 11, 2019