new-morning.jpg“… and enlarge my territory!”

Jabez not only asks God to bless him, but to enlarge his territory. How big is your sphere of influence? Whose lives do you impact and why? Do you just touch the lives of family or are your reaching beyond? 

A plea for more territory is a plea for God to enlarge your life so you can make greater impact for Him. Jabez desire more influence, more responsibility, and more opportunity to make a mark for the God of Israel.

Jabez isn’t content with a little plot of ground for himself and his family. He has dreams of something much bigger and offers yet another bold request.

 Ask God to give you things only God can. … He can do it!… He wants to do it!… to enlarge your wisdom, and understanding, and humility, and patience, and your love and joy… to have good health, to enlarge your physical strength… to enlarge your charisms in the mind, in the spirit, in your character

    Ask God of Israel to give you more influence to help others, your family, your church, your city, the nation, the world…

    Pray God to make you an apostle, an evangelist… one of His friends… you may start by telling your friends about a place to worship in community.

  • Influence: That God would expand the area in which you can be of influence others by the message of the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. There are so many out there who are lost and searching for purpose and hope.

  • Ministry: That God would reveal to you where God wants to use us to bring you closer to Him, to use your spiritual gifts and to bring others to experience the Father’s love.

  • Responsibility: Whether it’s in your job or any other aspect of daily living, usually moving ahead in life is a good thing. We often think of more responsibility as costing us time and energy. But remember that God works supernaturally too; He is more than capable of helping you to be better organized. You might notice as you seek His will, you feel more joy and purpose in your life.

  • Boundaries: Pray specifically for what boundaries you want the Lord to broaden. You can pray that He would enlarge your congregation; that those needing Jesus will find their ways to the doors of your church. We see God increasing the number of newcomers to a church in Acts 2:47, causing many to be saved as a result of the obedience of His people within. Perhaps for this you need more church space, so pray for that too!

  • Time: This is something many of us feel we don’t have enough of. Though my guess is God isn’t going to freeze time for us so we can accomplish all the things we want to do in a day. I believe He is likely to help us manage time more efficiently, allowing us to complete the tasks we need to.

  • Family: Families are a critical part of our society and yet many families are self-destructing. Who’s praying for them? With a divorce rate reaching 50% we should pray that God would help us reach our community with the saving message of Jesus that can heal and bring hope.

What territory in your life can use expanding?

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