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 You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:9–10)
One day while I was visiting with my Godmother, Aunt Tukie, I noticed some scriptures on a picture that she had of me in her family room. As I read the scriptures, I realized that the scriptures made up the “The Prayer of Jabez.” I was moved by it. I walked over to Aunt Tukie I asked her, “why do you have this scripture attached to my picture?” I remember her looking up at me and simply saying, “because I asked God to do for you, what Jabez had asked God for. I asked God to enlarge your territory, Gary.”
As I listened to her speak this unmerited favor into my life, I accepted it with humility and quietly returned to my seat on the couch to finish watching television.
As an entrepreneur of faith, my journey to success has been touched by God. I do not believe that my success has come by virtue of my intelligence or know-how. I do believe that I am reaping the rewards of my grandmother, mother, Aunt Tukie and many others praying for me. I am reaping the harvest of the good seeds of prayer that they planted in my life.
As I have grown in my relationship with God, I have begun to embrace the Prayer of Jabez personally and to ask God for the blessings, humility, favor and grace demonstrated in this prayer.
Recognizing that I am one of God’s sons, I believe that it is my calling to ask my Father to enlarge my territory beyond anything that I can rationally comprehend. In the realization of the requested blessings, I recognize that it is only possible because God stepped in and made it possible.
I call this relationship, “The Touch of Greatness.” However in this relationship, you do not become great. You become dependent upon the hand of God in your life. Your surrendered independence becomes God’s opportunity to bless you…and He becomes great through you.
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