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Is God Working Through Me?

Is God Working Through Me?

by Janis Cox

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I read an interesting statement in The Prayer of Jabez?

If God is working through us that doesn’t mean in association with us.

Through is an interesting term. It reminds me of the scripture in Zechariah where we are told that not by might nor by power but by My Spirit will God work through us.

Our God specializes in working through normal people who believe in a supernatural God who will do this work through them.

This will be my path for the next months – to spend more time in prayer – as I beg for more influence and responsibility so I can honour God.

If I want to be a follower of Jesus I need to trust Him to do miracles; to open doors; to make divine appointments.

So I am praying and believing.

You will know beyond doubt that God has opened heaven’s storehouses because you prayed.

I would love to pray with you or for you.
Please contact me at Under the Cover of Prayer.

Here is a wonderful reminder that God will open heaven’s gates if we pray and believe.

Here are a few words from this song Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? by Matt Redman.

Fling wide, you heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord

And here is the video.

Prayer:

Lord, I know that I have to allow you to work through me. For that reason I give you my whole life to do as you wish. Lead me, guide me, push me. Open those gates and may I expand my territory for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetables:

God has opened heaven’s storehouses because you prayed. Find out how. (tweet this)

Do you want God to open heaven’s gates? (tweet this)

All quotes today come from The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis Cox

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship..

 

Sunday Stillness – Prayer of Jabez

Sunday Stillness – Prayer of Jabez

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This is our third week in studying the Prayer of Jabez at church. As I repeat each day, “Lord, bless me indeed, expand my territory,” I see things differently. I take the time to connect with people on Twitter, on Facebook and in my personal life. God still gives me ample time to finish what other tasks need to done.

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty (Zechariah 4:6, NIV).

If I want to be a true follow of Jesus I need to spend time with Him, to listen to Him and get to know Him better. Then I hope God will work through me to expand my territory (my ministry).

As I work through two strong faith-filled books (Prayer of Jabez and Not a Fan) and read through the New Testament as a Lenten discipline, it seems like a big challenge. But nothing is impossible with God. Somehow I am doing this and not stressed in the least. Thank You, Lord.

God always intervenes when you put His agenda before yours and go for it (Bruce Wilkinson, Prayer of Jabez)!

Tweetables:

God always intervenes when you put His agenda before yours and go for it! (tweet this)

Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! ~ 1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV (tweet this)

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Why Do We Ask God to Bless Us?

Why Do We Ask God to Bless Us?

by Janis Cox

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We are attending a church that started a 6-week study of Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. Many years ago my Bible study worked through his book and we saw amazing things happen. Not sure why I stopped praying this prayer.

Here are some dictionary definitions of the word bless:

express or feel gratitude to; thank:
call (God) holy; praise (God).
consecrate (something) by a religious rite, action, or spoken formula.
to confer or invoke divine favor upon; ask God to look favorably on:

Bruce tells us that:

to bless in the biblical sense means to ask or to impart supernatural favor*.

Bruce does ask the question:

Is it possible that God wants you to be “selfish” in your prayers? To ask for more from the Lord? *

It is not asking more for ourselves – it is asking more from the Lord. It is a blessing from God that we seek.

The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth; all our work adds nothing to it (Proverbs 10:22, TLB).

God decides the blessing. We trust Him to give good gifts to His children.

Bruce states this so clearly.

When we seek God’s blessing as the ultimate value in life, we are throwing ourselves entirely into the river of His will and power and purpose for us. *

READ that again. And again.

Putting ourselves into His will – ENTIRELY.

This year I have decided to be even more intentional in my prayers.

My books for this year include:

Power of Persistent Prayer by Cindy Jacobs
Possessing the Gates of the Enemy by Cindy Jacobs
Not a Fan by Kyle Idelman
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Now I think I am ready for the Jabez prayer. I have seen miracle happenings and divine appointments in the past 2 months.

I am ready for more.

God’s power to accomplish great things suddenly finds no obstruction in you. You are moving in His direction. You’re praying for exactly what God desires. *

Bruce says there is a CATCH – there is always one, eh? We must ASK for the blessing.

ASK – ASK – ASK

Lord, bless me indeed.

God’s bounty is limited only by us, not by His resources, power or willingness to give. *

What do you think?
Are you willing to trust God in His will for your life?
Are you willing to pray this prayer – Lord, bless me indeed – every day?

If you write about the Prayer of Jabez please email me and I will feature you next week as I continue this 6 week adventure in prayer.

You can also tell me your experiences in the comments.

* All quotes are taken from Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson.

Tweetables:

Are you putting yourself into God’s will – entirely? (tweet this)

God’s bounty is limited only by us, not by His resources, power or willingness to give ~ Bruce Wilkinson (tweet this)

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.