I recently attended the Sarah Jakes Roberts Night In The Wild women’s conference, and during the conference she mentioned the prayer of Jabez. It was instantly brought back to my memory a small book titled, “The Prayer of Jabez for Teens” by Bruce Wilkinson, that was gifted to me as a teenager by my mother. She had read his book, “The Prayer of Jabez (Breaking Through to the Blessed Life) and discovered a teen version that she felt we (my brother, sister, and I) should read.
Until that moment in the conference I had forgotten all about that book, and even forgotten that I owned it and had read it. I had forgotten about its teachings and I had forgotten about Jabez and his prayer, and I had long forgotten about the art of asking. To sum up who Jabez is for those who may not know; he is a character in the Bible in which not much is really said of him but what is highlighted is his prayer to God in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10:
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.
The art of asking, and truly manifesting the hopes, dreams, and crafting a future for yourself is in asking. We lack the true manifestation of blessings in our lives because we fail to ask and fail to visualize those things coming to pass. For those who have created a vision board, or made a list of the things you hope to accomplish in your life and for your family, the secret is in the asking. The art is in asking and asking frequently. Imagine all the great things that can be unleashed in your life if you simply ask.
I titled this week’s entry “The Art of Asking” because the word “art” is defined as:
The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Asking involves the application of human creativity and imagination why? Because during Pastor Sarah’s conference we were encouraged to pursue our wildest dreams, but in order to do that we must apply creativity and imagination through first ask (to make a petition); just as Jabez does in his prayer to God. And you know what God granted his request!
I encourage you this week not only to ask but ask daily and ask often. I also encourage you to get out and read The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson.