Are you praying for success? Did you know that God wants us to do so? It's true. He even offers us models of prayer whereby we learn how to pray for success in on our lives. One of my favorites is the “Prayer of Jabez.” We don't know much about Jabez, except that he prayed a powerful prayer for success...and God gave it to him! You have probably heard of it but most of us aren’t praying it. Here it is:
“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV
Three Ways To Pray for Success:
Ask for God's Blessing
Jabez asked God to bless him. In the Bible, we are encouraged to ask for God’s blessing on our lives. We can ask God to bless us with: Financial provision; Influence: Health and Growth; and hundreds of other things! The important thing is to ASK for God’s blessing! Remember, however, that from God’s perspective, we are always blessed to be a blessing. We ask God to bless us, not so we can live extravagantly, but so that we can bless others.
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3 NIV
Ask for God's Favor
Jabez asked God to be with him. Specifically, He asked God’s “hand” to be with Him. When someone extends their hand to us, they are displaying favor and an invitation for a closer relationship. God’s hand represented His favor. The word favor is where we get our word “favorite.” Jabez was essentially asking God to display His presence and power very uniquely in his life. Jabez wanted God to look on his life with favor, just as he had doe for Noah:
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord...Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:8-9 NIV
Believe it or not, God does have favorites. We just get to decide if we are one of them! God looks at our heart and our character and decides if He can trust us with unique abilities, and unique opportunities. When God chooses a man or woman to do something big, it’s always because of his favor!
Ask for God's Protection
Jabez prayed for God’s protection. This could be spiritual protection, physical protection, relational protection, or even financial protection. Jabez asked God to protect him from harm. I can’t explain it, but over the years, I have felt God’s supernatural protection from harm in my life. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not that nothing bad has ever happened to me. It’s just that, even in the middle of turbulent circumstances, I have felt the hand of God sustaining me and protecting me from total destruction.
The most powerful part of this verse? “God granted his request.” Wow! God gave Jabez what He ASKED for! No can I promise you that everything you pray for, God will grant? No, but I can promise you that there are many things we will never get from God unless we ask.
What about you? Are you crying out to God, asking Him to do big things in and through your life? Are you believing God for big things? Today, go back to asking for God’s blessing, favor, and protection to be displayed in and through your life in unique ways. My prayer for you today? That God would grant your request. Let me know how it goes!