Stepping out into the day

June 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

Several years ago, when the prayer of Jabez* was popular, Jack was inspired to write his own version. It has been my morning prayer this week:

I greet you my Father this morning with a joyful heart.
Thank you for giving me this day and the grace to enjoy it fully.
I open myself to You and ask that You enable me to receive all that You want to give.
I step out into this new day seeking all the opportunities You will bring me to be Your arms and Your voice to those around me.

I know You love me and so I trust You that You will not give me more than I can handle.
In my weakness, You will make me strong.
Protect me today from the evil one. Help me to fix my eyes on Jesus and resist the distractions and temptations put before me.
Give me a servant’s heart and a humble mind and fill me with the Holy Spirit so I may do Your will. Amen

The prayer of Jabez is found in I Chronicles in the list of the tribes of Israel:
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 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. I Chronicles 4:9-10

Bruce Wilkinson’s eponymous book on the prayer of Jabez [I am now doubly glad that I’ve been able to use that word twice in one month] puts a somewhat American capitalistic spin on the two sentences that Jabez prayed.

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