A Pattern for Prayer (Part 4)

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Jabez was more honored than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez called out to the God of Israel: “If only you would bless me, extend my border, let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not experience pain.” And God granted his request.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Reflect

On Sunday, Pastor Dallas shared 5 parts to Jabez’s pattern of prayer. Today, let’s look at part four:

4: INFLUENCE

When Jabez asks God to extend my border, he’s not just asking for greater earthly authority, he’s asking for greater Kingdom influence! 

Several scholars said that this portion of Jabez’s prayer could, in fact, be rendered like this: enlarge my borders with disciples. 

The language here clearly communicates, these men said, Jabez’ heart to advance the cause of godliness through the multiplication of disciples. Jabez prayed that God would extend his borders so that new believers might come into the fold. You and I ought to be doing the same! 

We ought to be asking God to extend our borders.

God, help me to reach my neighbors, help me to reach my friends, help me to reach my co-workers, help me to reach somebody, somewhere with the good news of the Gospel! 

What would it look like, in your life, in 2019, to begin praying for broadened borders? What names would be on that list? 

What could happen if every single one of us just prayed daily that God would allow us to influence one person into the Kingdom over the course of this year?

Respond

Take time today to ask God to broaden your borders in 2019. Ask Him to expand your influence among your unsaved family members, friends, co-workers and classmates.

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