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The Prayer for Success


I visited my Twitter feed this morning and the first thing that caught my attention was a tweet from one of the pastors I follow.

In two days his church is having a conference, so pinned at the top of his page is a question and a poll of four things attendants are expecting to see as a result of participating in this conference. Out of four desired outcomes, almost fifty percent of attendants are expecting to see breakthrough in their finances, as it relates to their business.

I have never met anyone who doesn’t want to be successful. Parents, pastors, bloggers, businessmen and women all have this one desire in common – success.

One of my favorite Bible verses to pray is Psalm 90:17

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

The common mistake we make as it relates to praying for success is to use a misguided definition of success. For most, success is, the attainment and self use of prosperity, popularity, and power. To use this measure in prayer is to miss the heart of God. It is, actually, to pray amiss.  James says,

You ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

True prosperity is finding favor from God to achieve His dreams, goals, and calling on one’s life. For example, we can say that David was very successful in that, “he served the purpose of God in his own generation” (Acts 13:36).

What did Jabez understand when he prayed “Lord bless me?” I assure you this was not a selfish prayer.  First of all, “Lord bless me” means to prosper me, elevate me, promote me, lift me. But that phrase almost always has “others” in mind. For example, “enlarge my territory” according to scholars, means “to multiply my borders with disciples.”

But the Bible is clear when it comes to praying for blessing or success:

I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you . . . and you will be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:2

May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him. Psalm 67:7

I will save you that you may become a blessing. Zachariah 8:13

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return. Luke 12:48

So that in every situation you will always have all you need for any good work.                  2 Corinthians 9:8-11

The above definition makes praying for success very easy. This is what Jabez understood when he prayed, “Lord bless me indeed” (1 Chronicles 4:10). Because of that understanding, the Bible says, “God granted what he asked.”

Jabez’s heart and prayers were aligned with the heart and character of God.

Here are some ways you can use this prayer. Lord Bless Me:

  • Make me a successful parent… in order be a blessing to my children and an encouragement to other parents
  • Make me a successful pastor… to lead well, to pastor with compassion, and care for my brothers and sister in Christ
  • Make me a successful blogger… to write some uplifting, life-changing articles for others to enjoy and grow
  • Make me a successful business man/woman… to take care of my family, invest in your kingdom and help the poor

I guarantee you, if you order your prayer for success in this manner, you will begin to see results in you life. God bless you richly!

 

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There are three things I think about every moment of everyday... they consume me deeply. How to: 1. Refine my theological understanding 2. sharpen my ethical rigor 3. and heighten my devotional intensity. These are the things I write about. Welcome you to my blog... Join me on this incredible journey of exploration and discovery of all the things God has in store for His children. Join by following or subscribing. I appreciate your thoughts, comments and friendship. Walter

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  1. Good day to you Walter. I hope you and yours are doing well. Thanks for the message, it was truly a blessing to me since starting and becoming a businesswoman.

    My prayer every morning is simply: God be the business, God bless the business, God bring the business.

    And in that I wake up and rely on God’s hand in every step that I take in faith. When you have a moment stop by my website: http://www.thelittlethingsministry. com

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    • Hey there sister Tahlitha!
      It is good to here from you and here about your new venture. Thanks for asking about my family- we are doing great!
      I trust that business is booming in Jesus Name. What a wonderful prayer “be the business, bless the business and bring the business.” I pray that you see increase.
      I will stop by your website- I give you my word. Stay blessed and greetings to your family.

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      • Hey Walter I believe God gave me that prayer as his reminder to me. I’ve had a few clients and one currently. It’s taking some time but God gave it to me so I’m walking by faith and…

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