you make loving God your main ambition, if it is not already? Unselfish, God-pleasingambitions will always result from such love, guaranteed by God's Word in the Bible.
And now I am living the following again:
The Prayer of Jabez for You to Use(compiled by Bill Stevenson-- May 31, 2001)
Note: Quotations are from the book “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson.
1.“Oh, that You would bless me indeed”-- Oh compassionate, generous God please bless mewith Your wonderful, unlimited goodness that only You have the power to know aboutor give to me. Of course it is up to You to decide what the blessing will be, and where,when, and how I will receive. I trust You completely, wanting nothing more andnothing less than what You want to give me. I seek Your blessings as the ultimate valuein life because I just want to say and do what You want. I am so thankful for all of the past blessings from You. My life is Your’s and I want it to bring more glory to You onEarth.2.“and enlarge my territory”-- God Almighty, enlarge my life so that I can make a greater impact for You. “O God and King, please expand my opportunities and my impact insuch a way that I touch more lives for Your glory. Let me do more for You!” I want tolive out my faith much much more for others. I want You to give me “divineappointments” for doing the good works that You already have planned for me to do,ministering to those in need of spiritual encouragement, counsel, or/and exhortation. Itrust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance and Your divine strength and wisdom. With Your love, eliminate all fears that come into my mind in these new experiences and give meYour courage. I will praise You for the miracles that happen during and after myministry opportunities.3.“that Your hand would be with me”-- God, I need You so much in order to live for Youmore and more. Please release Your power to accomplish Your will, so that You will beglorified through seeming impossibilities of future ministries for me to do. Sustain andcontinue the great things that You have begun in my life. “Father, please do this in me because I can’t do it alone. It’s too big for me!” I will step out in faith withsupernatural enthusiasm, boldness, and power to do and say whatever the Holy Spirittells me. I want to depend completely on You, Abba Father.4.“and that You would keep me from evil.”-- God, the great Protector, I ask for safekeepingfrom evil. Because I easily trust others, especially those who seem friendly and respectful, Iam easily taken advantage of or mislead. I only want to say and do what pleases You andlearn/remember only eternal truths. Adam and Eve and many other believers in You in theBible were deceived about eternal truths and I have been too many times, so help me via theHoly Spirit, the Bible, true Christian friends, and Your angels if necessary to keep me on thenarrow road of righteousness to Heaven. “Lord, keep me from making the mistakes I’mmost prone to when temptation comes. I confess that what I think is necessary, smart, or personally beneficial is so often only the beautiful wrapping on sin. So please, keep evil far from me!” “Lord, keep me safe from the pain and grief that sin brings. For the dangers thatI can’t see, or the ones that I think I can risk because of my experience (pride and careless-ness), put up a supernatural barrier. Protect me, Father, by Your power!” “Lord, keep mesafe from temptations that pull at my emotions and my physical needs, that call out to mysense of what I deserve, what I have the ‘right’ to feel and enjoy. Because You are the truesource of all that is really life, direct my steps away from all that is not of You.” Finally,God, I know that You can’t protect me completely from the wiles of the spiritual and humanenemies, so please help me put on the Ephesians 6:10-18 spiritual armor by reminding me