Tuesday, 14 August 2012
I'm on a trip out on the West Coast, visiting family I haven't seen in over a decade. I've also been visiting with my Dad.
Yesterday as I was wrapping up my day I received a text message: "Good Evening. Sorry I did not get to see u but my prayer for u is 1 Chronicles 4:10. All the Way."
Now, I'm not one to memorize scripture references, so I had to look up this scripture:
"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."
This text message came at a very timely fashion, as I had a busy day visiting with Family and at the same time my thoughts were on this conference coming up.
Some people believe that prayer doesn't do anything. I disagree.
Some people think that life is a series of coincidences. I also disagree.
Prayer is a conversation with one's maker. It's the connection we have that goes beyond the physical embrace of another being. It is the intimate bond between the creator and the created.
I'm no expert, but what I do know as that I've seen prayer answered time and time again. Where my thoughts and that of others see no way, I've found time and again that the only answer in those circumstances that there is a way -- and that way is beyond my own thought process.
It's weird, I know, but prayer works.
So this prayer that Jabez wrote highlighted this fact: that God is the source of all things, and that Jabez wanted to responsible for more. Because Jabez had the right heart and attitude, God blessed him.
I just hope and pray that I have the right heart and attitude as well.
Have you ever heard of the prayer of Jabez? What does it mean to you? When have you experienced prayer working?