Prayer For A Fruitful Week
Be Fruitful And Multiply Bible Verse Meaning And Study
Why did God tell Adam and Eve and Noah and his family to be fruitful and multiply?
Just after God created man, He placed him in the garden and gave him dominion over the earth saying “let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Gen 1:26). Shortly after this, “God blessed them.
And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen 1:28).This meant that man had dominion over “every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food” (Gen 1:29-30). God told man to be fruitful and multiply and to fill the earth so what is the meaning of the phrase “be fruitful and multiply?”
Just after the flood of judgment poured out by God on a decadent and immoral world and the flood waters receded, God told Noah “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth” (Gen 8:16-17) “So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.
Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark” (Gen 8:18-19). This command was not only given to Noah and his family but also to every living creature that came the ark so the command to “be fruitful and multiply on the earth” was not only directed to Noah and his family but to the creatures of the world too.
Just as in Genesis, when the earth was uninhabited, God told Noah to refill or repopulate the earth that the flood had wiped out so Noah and his family and all the creatures left the ark and were fruitful (reproducing) and filled the earth once more with life.
Called to Celibacy?
Not everyone is called to be fruitful and multiply.
Paul wrote that “he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better” (1st Cor 7:38) and even Jesus once said “there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.
Let the one who is able to receive this receive it” (Matt 19:12). Jesus also said of those who left mother, brother, sister, wife, or husband for His sake, there are none “who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life” (Mark 10:30).
The Children of God
God has children. It is those who have repented and put their trust in Christ and for His sake, they put all others and all possessions behind Him. He is foremost in their lives.
The Apostle John wrote of us being the children of God in the present tense, writing that “we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be him, because we shall see him as he is” (1st John 3:2).After the Sadducees had asked Jesus about the resurrection, He told them “they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons (and daughters) of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36).
Unfortunately, the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection, even though the Bible is clear that there will be one (Dan 12:1-3; Rev 20:12-15). Had they not read the Scriptures? Jesus said, time and time again things “the peacemakers…shall be called sons (and daughters) of God” (Matt 5:9).
I would ask you to “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1st John 3:1).
You have one of two fathers; the Devil or the Father. You must decide today, if you haven’t already done so, to repent and put your trust in Christ, or you will have the same fate as Satan and all his demons (Rev 20:10).
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Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.
100+ Happy New Week – Inspirational Messages, Quotes And Prayers
Happy New Week Inspirational Quotes and Prayers
No better way to begin a new week than with a prayer and Good will message. It gives you a boost and the inspiration to face the challenges of a new week. Send any of these Happy New Week Inspirational Messages, Quotes and Prayers to your loved ones, friends, colleagues or boss and they will be grateful for your thoughtfulness.
Happy New Week Inspirational Messages And Prayers For Friends
- Embrace the week with enthusiasm. Be alert for new opportunities. Utilise them. You will succeed. Have a great week ahead.
- The journey to success begins with a step. Take that step this week. Believe! Achieve!
- You are an Eagle in flight. No one can stand in your way this week. Go and do exploits.
- No one dares stand in the way of a moving train. This week, you will be unstoppable. Have a great week ahead.
- Forget about the failures of the past week. This week is an opportunity to do better. Look ahead! Be great!
- Forget the past, embrace the future and the possibilities it presents. Have a great week.
- Light up that fire within you. Be anything you want to be. Have a great week.
Happy New Week Messages
- No matter how tough it gets this week, keep going.
- Let your purpose consume you this week, go for excellence!
- Three things you shouldn’t lose this week; your faith, your courage and your smile. Happy new week.
- You’re an embodiment of virtue. Let the world taste of your awesomeness this week. Have a great week ahead.
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- Think smart, work smarter. Achieve great results. Happy new week.
- Opportunities hide in unexpected places, you only need to look closely. Have a great week ahead.
- Do not be afraid to shine this week. When you shine, you invariably give others permission to do the same. Shine! Shine brightly!
- The world awaits you this week. Go show it the stuff you’re made of.
- As the new week presents you with opportunities and choices to decide on, may God grant you discernment to make the right decisions. Happy new week.
- May the world gather to celebrate you this week. Have a good week.
- May all your endeavours this week yield good success. May none of your efforts go to waste. Have a great week ahead.
- This new week, men will gather to the light of your shinning. Happy new week.
- This new week, may you be blessed with blessings from above, the kind of blessings that makes everyone gape in awe. Happy new week.
- May opportunities abound for you this week. Every of your past failures will be converted to success. You will find a way where there seems to be no way. Happy new week.
Happy New Week Messages
Happy New Week Inspirational Messages And Prayers For A Colleague
- The past week was awesome. This new week will be super. Let’s go face it. Happy new week.
- Working with you is one of my greatest experiences ever. I look forward to the new week working together. Cheers to a great week ahead.
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- You’re one of the best people to have on a team. You’re a strong link and I rely on you. Happy new week.
- Happy new week to my favourite colleague. I look forward to seeing you. Happy new week.
- We did it last week. We can do it again this week, even better. Let’s be awesome together. Happy new week.
- With you, work is fun. Let’s do it again. Cheers to a great week.
- You’re a smart worker. Your dedication to duty is inspiring. I look forward to working with you again this week. Have a great one.
- Working with you is so refreshing. I look forward to every work experience with you. Here’s to a great week ahead.
- Here’s wishing a colleague turned friend a great week. Be the best you can be this week. I believe in you.
- We’re a great team, we’re family. Here’s to a great week of success and great achievements. Happy new week.
- Last week didn’t turn out as we hoped. Trusting that this week will be better. Here’s to a week of possibilities. Happy new week.
- I hope you put last week behind you already. We’re gonna give it our best shot this week. This week will definitely be better. Be positive.
- Shake off the weekend blues. Activate work mode. It’s a new week, cheers.
- Thank you for always lending a helping hand when needed. You’re great to work with. Happy new week.
- You need to downsize your ego this week so we can get along. It won’t stop me from wishing you a happy new week anyway. So here’s wishing you a great week.
Exam Success Wishes, Messages and Prayers
- You’re bone stuck in my throat, but we achieve great results together. So here’s to another week of results. Happy new week.
- Holler teammate, it’s a new week. May it be great for us. Happy new week.
- May all your efforts this week yield fruitful results. Happy new week colleague.
- We work so hard, we strive so hard. May we prosper this week.
- May sweet reward attend our labour this week. God bless you colleague. Happy new week.
Happy New Week Inspirational Messages And Prayers For Him
- No one stands in the way of a champion. No one will stand in your way this week sweetheart. Go on and prosper. Happy new week.
- It’s a new week darling. Go ahead and be awesome. Go make me proud as always. Happy new week.
- A new week is here. Another week to do us proud. I believe so much in you darling. Have a great one.
- No one deserves to succeed more than you, my hardworking man. May all your efforts count and amount to good success. Happy new week.
- The Lord crown your efforts this week and establish you as the head. God bless you my darling. Happy new week.
- Get up sleepy head. I’d love to wrap you in my arms all week long but duty calls. So get along and do great things. Happy new week.
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- I believe in you darling. I trust in your amazing abilities. You have so much to offer to the world. Shine! Happy new week.
- As you go this week, may favour attend you and blessings line your path. Happy new week darling.
- See possibilities, see opportunities. I’m rooting for you sweetheart. Happy new week.
Happy New Week Messages
- Last week didn’t go as expected. But we can’t let one bad experience get us down. I’m positive this new week will better. Have a great week.
- Forget about the failures of the last week. It’s in the past. Here’s to an amazing week of possibilities. Happy new week sweetheart.
- Go for excellence. Be the best you can. I believe in you dear. Happy new week.
- Happy new week to an amazing man. Your best is yet to come. Go and prosper.
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- Your labour this week will be sweet. Your harvest will be bountiful and your soul will be satisfied. Happy new week my dearest.
- As you go this week to pursue excellence, know that you have the backing of a woman who loves and believes in you. It shall be well with you.
- You’re tougher than every challenge you may ly face this week. You have great potentials within. You are way stronger than whatever comes to you. Happy new week my darling.
- I know firsthand the exploits your hands are capable of doing. Do exploits this week my darling, make me proud as always.
Top Happy New Month Messages, Wishes, Sms and Prayers
- This week, may you be the shinning diamond in the midst of this miry world. Happy new week sweets.
- I know how hard you work, this week, may the breakthrough you truly deserve locate you. This week, you will surely smile. Happy new week.
- Go in your strength this week, go in your might. The Lord backs you, I’m right behind you. You will not fail.
Happy New Week Inspirational Messages And Prayers For Her
- Your beautiful, delicate hands are the strongest I know. May they bring in bountiful harvest this week. Happy new week my sweetest.
Happy New Week Messages
- Happy new week, beautiful sweetheart, may you be all that you were meant to be this week. Xoxo.
- The world awaits you this week honey and you’ve got so much to offer. May this be your best week yet. Happy new week.
- Anyone who underestimates you has not seen what you’re capable of and does so at his risk. Go this week darling and be awesome. I love you.
Cute I Miss You Messages, Quotes and Ideas For Loved Ones
- You’ve got it in you baby, the stuff it takes to make the world better. Be you this week, be great. Happy new week.
- I would serve you the world on a platter, but you need the fulfillment and satisfaction work gives. So here’s to a week of work and fulfillment. Happy new week.
- May long awaited opportunities locate you this week. May every past failure be forgotten.
- Look within and find the inspiration to forge ahead this week. I’m counting on you darling, happy new week.
- You have my support, whatever you set your mind to achieve this week. I believe in you. Happy new week.
- You’re the best woman for the job. Go kick ass baby. Happy new week.
- Happy new week to my super amazing strong woman. May this week bring you all that you desire.
- I’d wrap you in my arms all week long but we gotta eat baby. In other words, it’s time to get going. Happy new week.
Fruitful in Christ: Our Need for Depth
Editor’s note: For those of you who haven’t met Brandon Hatmaker yet, you’re in for a treat. He’s the husband of one of our favorite authors and speakers, Jen Hatmaker.
Brandon is an author, biker, TV personality, and a huge fan of the underdog.
He is founder and CEO of The Legacy Collective, a giving community focused on partnering, pioneering, and funding sustainable solutions to systemic social issues around the world. Enjoy this excerpt from his new book, A Mile Wide.
For the majority of my life, whenever I felt that I was missing out (#FOMO*), needed a word from God, or simply was not feeling as close to Christ as I needed to be, I would instantly assume I needed to do more. My natural response was to grow by adding something to my schedule.
I hoped that by making myself busier doing church things, I would intuitively experience more Christian depth. But I didn’t. I was just busier and had less time to slow down, be still, think, or listen. I did more but gave less to each endeavor.
I became a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.
A quick look at our calendars might give us an indicator as to whether we’re spiritually thriving or just getting by.
Width does not create depth. If anything, it’s the opposite. In many ways it’s depth that determines our capacity for width.
Jesus taught this concept in the parable of the four soils (parable of the sower), a beautiful illustration of how the receptivity and condition of our hearts determines the fullness of our faith.
Each condition assumes a certain level of depth and a certain quality of depth.
That same day Jesus went the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then He told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
The disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” — Matthew 13:1-11It’s important to frame this parable well. It’s meant to be a diagnosis, not a prognosis, and the central point is found in verse 9: “Whoever has ears, let them hear.” This is meant to be a temperature check, and we are all in need of spiritual examination. Humans are famously un-self-aware.
We can see other people’s flaws so much more clearly than we see our own. Yet, we are all soil in this story, not soil inspectors. We’re not capable of that, because a lot of soil looks the same on the surface.
The only person, besides Jesus, who can dig honestly beneath the surface of our hearts is us.
And here’s the good news. Our diagnosis is not permanent, or inevitable. In fact, we are rarely just one type of soil all the time. I have been all four and at times have two coexisting soil types. I have receptive depth in one area but am shallow and hardened in another.
We manage a weird paradox where we can be both un-self-aware and also incredibly self-condemning. This parable should lead us to neither denial nor condemnation. Regardless of our circumstances, even the worst soil can be brought back to life.
We’ve all got ears, so the central question to ask of ourselves is: What kind of listener am I? Essentially we’re asking, How deep is my receptivity? How do I typically receive God’s Word, His instruction, His leadership, His ways? And what’s getting in the way?
It’s interesting to take a look at the disciples’ response to this story. They wanted people to understand who Jesus was, yet Jesus was making it hard on them. Their desire to make things easy was getting in the way of them understanding the depth of His teaching.
“Why do you speak to people in parables?” they asked.
They didn’t ask, “Why do you speak to us in parables?”
They were already privy to the ways of Christ, but they were worried about the people.In essence they were asking Jesus to make it simple. But Jesus knew something they didn’t. His kingdom would come at an incredible cost.
Presenting it as a low-hanging fruit might net way more early adopters who d the advantages, but that kingdom would lack depth.
And the early church had to be supernaturally strong to endure the next century without caving. The true gospel has never appealed to the masses, nor did it ever try to.
Jesus didn’t want fans; He wanted followers.
Yes, this kingdom will save your whole life, but you have to lose the one you have first. There is no resurrection without a death.
There is a danger in attempting to widen the front door that Jesus said would always be narrow. It is not narrow because God wants to keep people out. It is narrow because so few are actually willing to do what it takes to enter. Jesus taught the kingdom in a way that made sincere converts work for it. He drew them with depth and mystery and truth.
Here we see a mysterious partnership between God’s sovereign preparation of our hearts—making us able to hear and understand—and our personal responsibility to be good hearers, to address the soil of our hearts.
In Matthew 13:14-15, quoting Isaiah 6:9-10, Jesus explained a willful blindness and deafness and hardness of heart that would never be receptive to salvation and transformation.
You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.What kind of hearers are we? If we shut out the truth long enough, we may lose the ability to even notice it anymore. In Exodus, it says that after seeing all God was doing, Pharoah “hardened his heart” (Exodus 8:15, Exodus 8:32, Exodus 9:34). Seeing, hearing, and understanding are necessary for depth, and we must be careful not to block those senses out.
Nothing matters more than humility, teachability, and repentance, because the opposites — pride, arrogance, and obstinacy — make us blind and deaf to every goodness and truth in the kingdom. We must not lose the power of our spiritual senses if we are to find the fullness that comes from spiritual depth.
Now, let’s look more closely at the parable. There are three elements to consider in this story: the seeds, the sower, and the soil. The seeds represent the gospel, which brings forth fruit in souls.
Jesus called it the “secrets of the kingdom” (Matthew 13:11), and it is packed full of life. The sower is Jesus, who teaches these life-packed words everywhere and anywhere there are people with ears.
But the reception depends upon the receiver, the soil.
There are four kinds of soil mentioned in this story. It says that seeds fell on the path, on rocky ground, among the thorns, and on good soil. Each represents a condition of the heart and is an indicator of receptive ability.
The seed on the path never got past the top layer of soil. Never sank in. Not one inch.
So many of us can recall the tilling season before Christ took root in our hearts, the tenderizing of our souls, searching, listening, asking questions… This soil is the opposite. Matthew 13:19 goes on to say,
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.The gospel goes in one ear and out the other. It makes no impression and leaves no trace. The Greek word for “understand” in this verse means “consider”; thus there was no consideration, no delight in spiritual things, no fascination with God, no hunger for any of this truth. Hardened at the surface level and stuck there. Superficial. Shallow.
Characteristics that result in inhospitable soil to God’s movement are cynicism, bitterness, entitlement, and arrogance.
All are characteristics of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day and a threat to us today. Jesus reminds us that we have a real enemy, and this is his favorite type of hearer. This person hears the Word, but it makes no sense. He finds no tenderness in any of it. The empty-hearted person says no to God.
The seed on rocky ground found itself on soil that was softer, but only at the surface. When people’s hearts have this kind of soil, they are quick to hear, ready to receive, and the gospel bursts quickly right out. Scripture says they receive it “with joy” (Matthew 13:20).
This reminds me of my days as a youth pastor. Each year we would come back from summer camp, and the youth would lead the Sunday evening worship service. It was a “report from camp”–type event where students would lead worship and share a short testimony from their week.
One Sunday we had a middle school girl share how she’d had spiritual experiences before, but this time, this time, it was different. She assured us all that this was a mountaintop experience, and she was never coming down.
Never! We were all hopeful for her. We were encouraged by her zeal. But the adults in the room all knew from experience that life comes with both highs and lows—both are important to spiritual growth.
And it was unrealistic to think that all of life would be peachy keen from then on.Being moved by a week of good sermons is not the same as being transformed by the gospel. Transformation is the continuing work of the gospel in our lives that never stops. It’s a lifelong journey, and we learn from this life.
But take caution; the heart may melt under the Word but not be melted down by the Word.
Translated: the seed may have broken through, but without the process of purging the soil over time with the gospel of life, the roots have no place to grow. What was above ground outpaced what was below. The good soil was shallow.
Without depth, the dazzle won’t hold. We have to spend far more time nurturing what no one ever sees under the surface than worrying about what’s above the soil.
Things Scripture and prayer and community root us so deeply. They are the unglamorous, unfancy work of discipleship. They fix our principles and resolutions; they root our habits and affections — they make us strong. They prepare us for what’s to come.
The same sun that warms and develops the well-rooted believer withers and burns up those who aren’t.The seed among thorns is at first received deeply. Scripture tells us that it was well-rooted and bearing fruit.
But there is a necessary practice for a fruit-bearing plant to stay healthy: weeding.
That the thorns “grew up” (Matthew 13:7) suggests they weren’t there when the seed was sown but attacked later, once the seed was already developing. Where, in the last soil, rocks spoiled the root, here the thorns spoiled the entire plant.
Jesus explains this soil in Matthew 13:22:The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
This explanation lists two main distractions to proper depth: worry and wealth.
While each is a sermon in itself, notice that both come from a lack of trust in God’s leading or provision.
When fear and worry become so big they drive out all else, they become weeds within our hearts. They choke out fruit. We get obsessed and preoccupied and consumed.
What we care about is what we think about, what we spend our time on, what we talk about, what we spend our energy on, what we focus on protecting.
This is what we prioritize, and if it’s not depth in faith, then our faith is suffocated.
Finally we have the seed on good soil. What distinguishes this good ground from the rest is, in a word, fruitfulness. It produces the kind of fruit that Galatians 5 tells us we ought to see in a mature Christian:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. — Galatians 5:22-23
No soil is impervious to drought or weeds or malnourishment. Jesus did not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns, or that the sun will not beat down on it, but only that it is fruitful in the real, hard world.
Where there is fruit, there is the reign of God.Anytime you demonstrate kindness, there is fruit. When you show joy in the face of struggle, there is fruit. If you are gentle when you could be harsh, there is fruit. When we are generous, selfless, good, loving, self-controlled: fruit, fruit, and more fruit.
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Excerpted with permission from A Mile Wide: Trading A Shallow Religion For A Deeper Faith by Brandon Hatmaker, copyright Brandon Hatmaker.
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The receptivity and condition of our hearts determines the fullness of our faith. What kind of soil does your heart tend to be? I always want mine to be good soil, but the truth is the thorns get me way too often.
I worry and sometimes I find myself in a situation where I realize that my worries and concerns have strangled out my faith and I have to command myself to think different thoughts, and to remind myself of God’s goodness, His provision, His mercy, His love, and His faithfulness.
What about you? Come share with us on our blog about changing the soil of our hearts so we can be fruitful in the kingdom! ~ Laurie McClure, Faith.full
3 Powerful Prayer Practices for a More Fruitful Ministry
You can be a pastor who maintains a powerful prayer connection to Jesus.
It’s less about inspiration than it is about prayer habits, practices, and systems woven into your days that will keep you near to Jesus and bring his mighty power into your life and ministry.
What are your prayer practices? How are they working for you? Maybe ready for a little something new?
As you read on, ask the Holy Spirit to nudge you about the practices he wants in your prayer life these days.
These three practices shape my life and ministry and I recommend them to you, my friend
In the middle of all the demands on your time, Pastor, there’s Jesus.
1. Getting into a Prayer Rut
In most areas of life, ruts are a bad thing.
Drive your car over one and, ouch, there goes the alignment. Let your marriage get into one and you will be bored and dissatisfied.
But when it comes to spiritual exercises, ruts can be a really good thing.
My favorite rut is my morning prayer
First thing every morning, I pray four things for myself, my family, my church and my staff. I pray for the salvation of five of my family members.
I thank God for the new day and ask Him to use me to add value to each person I will be meeting with. (I use my calendar for that part.)
I pray almost the same thing in almost the same words every morning.
This rut has a cleansing effect on me. It draws me close to the Lord and drives His power into my life and concerns.
On the rare days when I don’t practice this prayer rut, I feel something is missing all day long. I have other things and people I pray for throughout the day, but this first prayer of the day is a no-brainer for me.
Infrequently-practiced disciplines can be a chore. Routinely-practiced disciplines become a joy.
2. A Prayer I Pray Every Morning
1 Chronicles 4:10 contains one of the shortest, simplest, most powerful prayers ever prayed:
“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.”
I pray these four prayers from 1 Chronicles 4 every morning:
- Lord, would you bless me today in every way YOU want to bless me.
- Would you increase my territory so that I can be used more effectively by you.
- Would you place your hand upon me, and use it to touch others.
- And would you keep me from harm and harm from me.
These are prayers God wants to answer.
God wants to bless his people. But he often waits until we ask.
The key is to ask him to bless you in the ways he wants to bless you
You have some ideas, but give him permission to fulfill his ideas for blessing you.
God wants to increase the size of your responsibilities.
Jesus came to build his church. Ask him to entrust as much of the building of it to you as you can handle. Then ask him to enlarge the territory of your heart and character so you can handle more.
Life on earth is about training for reigning with him in heaven. Grow as big as you can.
God wants to place his hand upon you. Invite him to do so every day.And God wants to steer you toward significance and away from pain (unless that pain will result in your gain), so ask him for that also. Jabez did, and “God granted his request.”
I not only pray this prayer for myself, I pray it for my family and staff every day.
I have discovered that there seems to be a cumulative effect to this prayer. It could be that prayers are seeds sown in the ground. You pray them and tend them, and after an interval, they begin to sprout and grow.
“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and my prayer.” – Psalm 17:6
3. A Dangerous Prayer
Twenty-one years ago I prayed a prayer that has changed me more than any other. It changed my vocation, location, orientation, and just about every other “ation” in my life.
Nineteen words. Twenty-one syllables. Seventy letters. One request.
I prayed that prayer every day for ninety days. By the end of it, I was a new man.
I was no longer content to serve the church. I was compelled to serve God and his purposes in the world.
At the time, I was an associate pastor in a nice, safe church in rural Colorado. I was content with that. I planned to stay there for a long, long time.
But the prayer – or, the Lord – wouldn’t let me. The prayer moved me to San Diego County, where I founded New Song Church, a church focused on reaching the lost.
In 2018, over 20,000 people have received Christ through New Song’s ministries. We’ve helped start fifteen churches and seven parachurch ministries or outreach-focused companies, one of which has planted 270,000 churches.
I am in awe of what God has done.
Here’s what I know about this dangerous prayer:
1. A simple prayer really can change you.
2. God’s great desire is that all people come to know him.
3. God uses ordinary people who are willing to take extraordinary risks.
4. The community you live in will only be reached if people you pray dangerous prayers and get about the business of building Christ’s church.
5. Churches that reach out are led by pastors who are compelled by God to reach their communities.
Most of these outreach-oriented pastors don’t see themselves as overly impressive. They’re just convicted to their core that they must mobilize people to reach out because they are convinced that this is God’s primary purpose for them, and for their people.
What are you thinking right now? That’s what you should do!
Pray, and make a plan for adding new prayer practices into your week.
Hal Seed is the founding and Lead Pastor of New Song Community Church in Oceanside, CA. He mentors pastors who want to lead healthy, growing churches with resources at www.pastormentor.com.
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