September 1, 2015

Dear God, it's me Karen

I feel like I'm asking for so much.  Every day it's something new.  I feel like I'm being greedy, asking for so much help.  I know a lot of people pray every day, but aren't they praying for the same 1 or 2 things over and over?  Or is it normal to have a lot to pray for.

This relationship with you, it's so new to me.  I feel like I jumped into the deep end instead of just wading in from the shallow end.  And I think I'm ok.  I just...

Am I doing this right?

Karen Marrs


  1. Prayer Of Jabez
    Prayer of Jabez: What is it?
    The Prayer of Jabez comes from the Bible. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." The prayer is composed of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.

    Prayer of Jabez: Why is it important?
    The Prayer of Jabez reveals that Jabez understands what many people do not -- there is only one God and He should be the center of our work God wants to bless every life. But, we must first make the choice to invite God into our life and ask for His blessings. Jabez wants to succeed and increase his sphere of influence for God. The specific sphere of influence is not important. What is important is that when we want to reach for goals and accomplishments that we have God on our side. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." It is critical to understand and practice this in a close relationship with God. Further, it is equally important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and guidance throughout life. Jabez clearly knows and prays specifically to the One who can protect him from evil and pain -- God. At the end of the verse it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear that we need Him through passionate prayer.

    Prayer of Jabez: What does it mean to you?
    The Prayer of Jabez reminds us that everybody struggles with choosing to rely on himself or God. Whether you are a focused Christian
    or just searching to find out more about God, life is a growing process. However, it is very clear in reviewing the Prayer of Jabez, as well as the rest of the Bible, that God is faithful in caring for those who seek Him. Jabez sets a great example of how God wants everyone to come to Him through constant and passionate prayer. If you are looking to start a relationship with God or improve your existing relationship with Him, start with prayer. God answers prayers when you trust Him (1 Chronicles 5:20). Prayers to God also please Him (Proverbs 15:8). We can all learn from Jabez and faithfully pray to God always in everything that we do.

    Prayer of Jabez: The Book by Bruce Wilkinson
    The Prayer of Jabez is covered in phenomenal detail by Bruce Wilkinson in his book of the same name. We highly encourage you to read this fantastic and inspiring resource, that challenges each of us to:

    I will try to find my copy of this book to loan to you honey. I think it's buried in Rachel's room. It's powerful and I pray this every day. I've been taught that God has blessings stored for us in Heaven and we need to ask for them or else they go to waste. I have what I call my TOP 5 and my TOP 10 list. It's made up of friends that need prayers and for myself and my family. These get prayed for every day. Sorry this is long. Love you lots.

    1. This is religious speak for I'm doing ok?