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and enlarge my territory.
"Ask God to allow you to do more for him and his kingdom. As your territory (opportunities to serve him) expands, your ability and resources supernaturally increase, too. All he gives us to do, he will empower us to do by his Holy Spirit." - Sharing Hope Ministry Amarillo, TXI am not asking for more exhaustion, more dread, more toil, wear and tear on my day. I am asking for more opportunities to SERVE HIM. This is his yolk and his burden, which are easy and light (Mt. 11:28-30)! And God doesn't just leave me alone to serve him, he increases his power and influence within me so that I may serve in power, love and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7)! This prayer is layer upon layer of the very things God promises us in the New Testament!
This prayer is already at work in my life and these words are the primary reason I am still able to smile (even if it's an internal, not external display) at the end of each day. These words are his own promises and gifts he wants for us. When I pray along with Jabez, I am basically saying to God that I want what HE wants for me. I want his promises. I want to be fulfilled by his ways, not my own.
Now every day I voice this prayer with confidence and joy rather than fear and uncertainty. And every day it becomes just a little bit easier to see things from HIS perfect perspective, which makes my territory a little less painful and the temptation to "check out" a little less appealing.
PRAY: Dear Lord, bless me indeed and enlarge my territory. That your hand would be on me, that you would keep me from evil, that I might not cause pain. Amen.
- Emily Krill