In 1952, a Doctoral student at Princeton asked, “What is there left in the world for original dissertation research?”
Visiting lecturer Albert Einstein said; “Find out about prayer. Somebody must find out about prayer.”
One of the blessings of the Christian life is prayer. We are finite human beings yet, if our hearts are right with God we can talk to the God of the universe any hour of the day, any days of the week. That is a wonderful privilege!
The Bible has much to say about prayer. In the book of I Chronicles, there is listed what is known as “the prayer of Jabez.” About twenty-thirty years ago, a Christian writer named Bruce Wilkinson wrote a little book entitled, “the prayer of Jabez.”
In I Chronicles 4, there is listed a man named Jabez. Jesus prayed to God in this manner; “Oh that thou would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me” (4:10).
Notice Jabez prays, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my border.” Some interpret those verses as somewhat of a blank check… but that’s not what Jabez meant. When He asked God to enlarge his borders, Jabez was requesting that IF enlarging his border brought glory to God.
God does answer our prayers… if they are consistent with God’s plan for us and God’s will. God doesn’t just appear like a jeanie in a bottle and say, “Ok, Christian; make three wishes… whatever you want, it’s yours.”
Our prayers must be consistent with God’s will.
So, God will enlarge our borders if it is consistent with God’s will.
Today, what are you praying for? We can pray the prayer of Jabez IF we want to advance the Kingdom of God.
Over the years I’ve known many Christian people who were business owners. At times, there has been a business owner who had been really blessed. As we talked the owner might say, “Years ago, I gave my business to God and God has blessed it.”
If we give our lives to God, God will bless us. “Oh that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my borders…”