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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 …

Jabez, a man of travail


There are levels in prayer that we will never know until pain becomes a friend. Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 1 Chronicles 4:9 The name Jabez is a name associated with pain. He got his name from his mother while she labored in pain to bring him forth. Being a man of prayer, himself, I believe the knowledge of that experience left an indelible mark on Jabez’s life. It opened his eyes to see and understand something much deeper about prayer. He understood that nothing of immense value comes about without pain, suffering, hard work and travailing prayer. The birth of a child “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.” John 16:21 The deliverance of a nation “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is …

Jabez, a man of ‘weight’


I hear your voice, I hear it piercing through the night. I feel your heart, I feel the beating of your heart. It was a whisper. But it got louder. Now, it’s clearer. You said, ‘Come away to my secret place I want to spend some time with you. Come away to my dwelling place I want to pour my love on you.’ Walter Bright 1 chronicles 4:9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” Exactly 10 years ago, today, I bumped into a missionary at the San Francisco Airport. He had just arrived back to the States from his first two years of work in various parts of West Africa. He was excited to find out that I was born and raised in that part of the world. So, we sat down for a little chat about his travels and ministry. After reminiscing for about an hour, he said these words to me. “I have profound respect for African Pastors. …

Pray like Jabez Prayed


Jabez ‘Called’ and God granted. The word call carries the idea of a heartfelt, passionate prayer. This kind moves us beyond the laid back, lackadaisical prayers we are often guilty of. Scripture says, “He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” May He grant you clarity of vision this next season.

Intro: Life and Prayer of Jabez


“A man whose soul never “calls,” never cries, never looks, never waits upon God, is not living to the end for which a man should live; he is not truly living at all.” Bible Illustrator 1 Chronicles 4:10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. Introduction Mentioned once in the entire Bible with a name associated with pain, lack and limitations, we find a man who had nothing until he started praying. He was literally a man of many sorrows. A man whose mother gave him the name pain. For Jabez, things were on a downward spiral. He had no job, no friends in high places, and no connections. He had no five-year plan. Not even a piece of land on which he could build. If there was anything honorable that set Jabez apart, it was his prayer life. That is …

The Life & Prayer Of Jabez 


A Summer Series: The Life and Prayer 🙏🏾 of Jabez Week 1. A prayer for success – May the Lord bless you – prosper you, elevate you, promote you, lift you, (indeed – significant, big, out of the ordinary) Week 2. A prayer for influence – May the Lord enlarge your territory – progressive growth, enlarge what I have and what I am, beyond my comfort zone, step out Week 3. A Prayer for Providence -May the Lord’s hand be upon me: open hands, favor, anointing, grace, open doors, the touch of God, to bless everything you touch. Week 4. A Prayer for Protection – May the Lord keep me from evil, keep me from PAIN, keep me from failure, sin, temptation, canal behaviors, the lust of the flesh, lust of eyes, pride of life. Introduction is on July 6th Join Us!

Day #21: How to fix your identity crisis?


Who are you listening to? What are you reading? Or, might I ask – what are you watching? Whoever or whatever has your attention is shaping your life and your destiny. You say, “brother, I am not listening to anyone but myself.” Well, what are you telling yourself? If we are ever going to live to our full potential and experience the fullness of life, we must allow the truth of God’s word to shape and direct our lives. If we are going to shame the naysayers and haters; live out the gospel in a hostile world, and win the war on negativity and pessimism, we must regularly remind ourselves by speaking the word of our confession. This must include an overwhelming exposure of our entire lives to the Word of God. We must study, Meditate, confess and commit to radical obedience. It is also important that we develop core values and principles from the heart of God that we can use to remind ourselves regularly. Here is my 10: I am known.  Even if …

Day #19: I am a Royal Priest


The priest is not made. He must be born a priest; must inherit his office. I refer to the new birth—the birth of water and the Spirit. Thus all Christians must became priests, children of God and co-heirs with Christ the Most High Priest. Martin Luther Where do we get this idea of the Priesthood of the believer? We get right out of the Bible. Check this out – scripture says: We have been called/chosen “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 We have been chosen for several reasons: To be a people for His possession. To proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us We are being built into a spiritual house “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter …