Prayer For True Spiritual Success and Prosperity
Scripture Prayer for Success and Provision
by Cindy Vander Haar
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Hearing God: As it is rare to hear an audible voice from God, one of the ways God will speak to us is through His written Word and a small still voice inside us.
Before reviewing the scripture references below that address what the Bible says about success and provision ask the Holy Spirit of revelation to join you.
When certain verses capture your attention more than others, meditate and incorporate those into your personal daily prayer life.
Heavenly Father, we ask You to give complete knowledge of Your Will to this reader, and to give him/her Your spiritual wisdom and understanding as they seek You with all their hearts and lean not on their own understanding. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Success and Provision Scripture References
(All scripture is quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted.)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and (that your body) may keep well, even as (I know) your soul keeps well and prospers. In fact, I greatly rejoiced when (some of) the brethren from time to time arrived and spoke (so highly) of the sincerity and fidelity of your life, as indeed you do live in the Truth (the whole Gospel presents). 3 John 2 (AMP)
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for the grass they will soon wither, green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine the dawn, the justice of your cause the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.
Psalm 37:1-11 (NIV)
If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God (Who gives) to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. James 1:5 (AMP)
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
And he shall be a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Psalm 35:27
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3
The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. Joel 2:25-26
Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. Proverbs 8:17-21
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. Proverbs 16:20
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. Proverbs 19:8
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. Proverbs 11:25
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and they presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, “How do we rob you?” In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you- because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit, says the Lord Almighty.
Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land, says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 3:8-11 (NIV)
He who hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Proverbs 22:9
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Hebrew 10:35
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Psalms 127:2
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. Daniel 2:22
Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God… Deuteromony 28:1
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:19 (NIV)
…Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
I come before You in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ, and I praise you and thank you that You are Jehovah Jireh, my God and provider. I thank you for the many ways You have provided for me and my family and that it is Your desire that we would prosper and be in good health even as our souls prosper.
Help me to prosper my soul in Your Word and to listen to Your instruction and acquire wisdom. Thank you that Your blessings bring wealth and You add no sorrow to it as You fill our treasuries for Your glory. Your gifts are better than the purest gold, Your wages better than sterling silver.
I ask for wisdom and Godly counsel so that I can work wisely and prosper and be satisfied.
Lord, You have said that You will show me a way my problems. I ask for that now. Forgive me where I have been fearful, greedy, or foolish in my work and my finances.
Help me to have integrity and wisdom and to persevere in righteousness. Forgive me for idolatry to the things of this world and help me to love You more. And I ask that You mercifully restore my losses.
I choose to walk in righteousness, in paths of justice, and to love and honor You, Oh Lord.Dear Lord, I confess and declare that I will trust in You and lean not to my own understanding for You have said that You perfect the things that concern me. You even give to Your children as we sleep.
Lord, I will seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. I will praise You for the wonderful things You do. I will not throw away my confidence in You, Lord. My hope is in You and I will persevere and receive Your promises in my life.
And I will honor and serve You all the days of my life.
I chose to be a cheerful giver and to be generous for that is Your heart, and You have said that a generous man will prosper.
I will give ten percent of my income to You, Lord, and I will watch the windows of Heaven open and poor out a blessing just as You have said.
Give me Your heart for the poor that I would joyfully give offerings and gifts to those in need. And thank you that as I give, it will be given unto me.
Thank you that I am a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water and whatever I do will prosper by Your grace because I belong to You, and You take pleasure in the prosperity of Your servants. You give me the ability to produce wealth for Your kingdom without shame or sorrow. If You are for me, who can be against me? You are awesome and I am humbled by Your love and grace.
I am thankful that Your love for me endures forever and Your plans for me are always for good and not for calamity. Thank you for Your great and precious promises that I can inherit through faith and patience.
I am so grateful that You are at work within me to cause me to desire and to do Your will.I commit my work, my giving, and my finances to You, and ask that You cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will so that I will succeed to Your glory.
I thank you, Jesus, that on the cross You set me free from the curses of the law (Deuteronomy 28) of sickness, poverty, and eternal death. In Your name, I believe these things are broken off my life. Show me how to walk the habits of them.
And I receive the blessings of health, prosperity and eternal life that are mine through Your shed blood on the cross. I thank you, Lord, that You will reveal the things that are unseen and You will show me the way to prosperity and success as I honor You. I love you, Lord.
Your grace is truly amazing and all the glory is Yours.
In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen
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11 Strong Prayers for Success and Prosperity in Business
Majority of small businesses fail in the first five years of operating. These strong prayers for success and prosperity in business will provide you with a helping hand from the Lord.
Bless my workplace. I declare success in business today. Let my business be of great service to others, flourishing through decency, honesty and respect for my colleagues and customers.
May I be strong and courageous, making wise decisions guided by the Holy Spirit, and not terrified or discouraged. Grant me wisdom and calm so that I can rightly access every situation and bring peace and productivity to the work environment.
Heavenly Father, Your name leaves my lips daily in reverence of Your strength and unconditional love. Your undivided attention has been on me since I was in my mother’s womb and because You favoured me so, I was delivered into this world safe and sound. Lord, I ask that as You have been caring for me, You continue to do so.
I want You to take the wheel of my life because nothing but Your blessings, favour, and love can suffice again. Lord, I ask for the double of Elisha’s blessing and I want to be Your favourite amongst millions. Be with me Oh Lord and let Your gaze waver not from me/my household.
I glorify You El-Shaddai and In Jesus Name I’ve prayed, Amen.
Thank you for the opportunity to run this business. I trust in your wisdom as I seek to work hard to make it secure and prosperous. May good practice be the cornerstone of everything I do. Come reveal new openings and areas for expansion and development. May this business grow and flourish, creating great opportunity and provision for all those involved. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Father, I’m here before You today because I want You to perform a miracle in my life. At this point, I cannot do it alone and even if I could, it cannot be compared to Your deeds. I walk in Your sight and I can personally testify to the other miracles in my life.
God, I pray for financial release in the form of employment/my business. I pray that You lift my head so that I may stand proud as one of Your children. I want You to make me a living testimony and shame the enemies who doubted Your great works in my life.
I thank You Oh God My Father, and In Jesus Name, Amen.
I declare and decree that success is coming my way. As I patiently await You, Oh Heavenly King, I will praise You in the hallways.
I chose to step out boldly today in faith knowing that the future holds the fruits of my success and all the hard work and dedication will pay off.
I will look up to the heavens knowing that I made it when Your blessings start pouring down. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen!
Father, I affirm that I obey Your Word by making an honest living with my own hands, so that I may be able to give to those in need. In Your strength and according to Your grace, I provide for myself and my own family. Thank You, Father, for making all grace, every favor and earthly blessing, come to me in abundance that I, having all sufficiency, may abound to every good work.
Lord, I give you all that I am, All that I hold.
I ask for your guidance as I build and shape this business. I trust that you will bless the work of my hands. I pray that you would cover this enterprise and cover my investments. I believe in your leadership that you will guide me and advise me. Come and envision me. May this venture be full of integrity, generosity, fruitfulness and provision.
I give you all that I am, and all that I hold, My Lord, Amen.
Father God, thank you for your word. Thank you that within it there are many promises that will bring success and prosperity in my life.
I ask that you would lead me to the scriptures that I need to meditate on and declare to get success.
Open my mind to receive your words and grant me the grace to be obedient in any way that I need to be today. Give me a willing spirit to follow your instructions.God make my hand skillful. I know that I won’t win these battles in my own strength but I ask you for the skill and wisdom to make the right decisions. By Your Holy Spirit guide me to be in the right place at the right time. Father, make me diligent in all areas of my life. May I not be idle but making wise use of the time and skills that you have given me.
Open the doors of opportunity for me so that I may walk through them. Give me a spirit of excellence so that I may do well all that you have committed to me. Through this diligence in the morning and in the evening I look to you for success. I will plant and another may water but I know that the growth, success and prosperity is in Your hands. Grant me success this day, in Jesus Name, Amen.
Oh Lord in Heaven, I come before You today for the sake of prosperity and protection. You’re the protector of Daniel and the benefactor of the Israelites. Father, bless me so that I may prosper in all the things I do in my life.
I shall prosper financially, spiritually, and health-wise by Your will. Oh God, I pray You also protect me so that I will live a long and fruitful life In Jesus Name. All the blessings You shower upon me, no manner of enemy will collect it because I have Your divine protection.
I thank You for Your presence today, and In Jesus Name I’ve Prayed.
Lord, you have entrusted us as stewards of your creation. Please guide our hearts as we make our decisions. We seek you first in all we do together. We give you our business, our suppliers, our customers and our workforce. May we be always mindful of their service. We confess that we are nothing without you and our trust is in you completely. Amen
Father above, I pray to You in total subservience today about my life. Lord, I need Your divine help in granting me financial independence.
I pray that you remove me from the clutches of incapability and that—You provide me with all the earnings that I’ll use to take care of both myself, my loved ones, and all of Your Beloved for the rest of my life. Father, I need You to fix my life so that I’ll not be caught wanting.
Instead, I’ll fulfill my roles in all needed areas of my life. I thank You God for the opportunity to have this prayer and for the forthcoming blessings, I exalt Your name and In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Prayer for Success, Blessing and Prosperity
On this page you'll find prayers for success in many different scenarios that may impact our lives. Our Lord wants us to be successful in life.
He also wishes for the best of us in all things, whether in despair, apprehension, or even in the brightest times of our lives. If we turn our lives over to Him, and if we trust His way, success will follow.
When you are seeking answers in life, or simply need a voice to guide you, going to the Lord in prayer is what matters most.
Prayer for a Successful Life
Lord, Your word teaches each of us that it is acceptable to ask for a successful, blessed life. Expand our borders, Precious Lord, and let us find prosperity and success in this gift of life we have been given.
You said that You came that we may have life, and that we may have it more abundantly. Please grant us that abundant life, God.
Let my life be pleasing to You in all ways, and in all things, so that I will be able to receive the fullness of Your blessings both in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
Prayer for Successful Surgery and Healing
I come to You Lord to ask for a successful surgery, and quick healing for someone I love deeply. As the scriptures say, in Your hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Hold my loved one and I in Your healing hands, and breath life into our bones. I ask that you give the surgeon a steady hand, and a sound mind from beginning to end.
I trust you in all ways, my Lord and Savior.
Prayer for Successful Testing and Exams
Lord Jesus, You know that I am very anxious about the tests and exams that I have to face very soon, and ask that You would calm my anxious, clouded thoughts. Please calm these nerves that I have, and let me rest in You always.
I pray that as I enter the exam, that You will fill my heart with perfect peace that only comes from You. Please also give me clarity of thought, and prompt my mind to remember all the things that I have studied.
Give me the wisdom and the ability to transfer my thoughts to paper. It’s in Your precious name I pray, amen.
Answered Success Prayer for Passing Exam from HazenOn December 28, 2016 I sent a prayer petition for my NCLEX RN exam, which was scheduled on January 4, 2017. I had my prayer request.
A few days ago, I found out that I passed my exam and I am officially a Registered Nurse! This truly is an answered prayer and I would to take this opportunity to thank everyone who prayed for me and with me.
The power of your prayers and well wishes were so helpful because during my exam, I can't explain why, but I was so calm and at peace. A few weeks ago it was a different story, I was anxious and just so full of doubt about passing.
But with your help through prayers, I had renewed strength and every time I see that someone is praying for me, my confidence grows stronger. All the things that I asked for in my prayer petition came true and it was then, during my exam, that I was experiencing the power of God.
I know Divine intervention is the reason why I was able to answer my exam questions and it was that same reason why I passed my exam. My nursing license is indeed a gift from God and I would use this gift righteously to extend help to those who need it. So thank you everyone for your prayers! Your prayers and God's mercy and love made me a Registered Nurse. This really truly was a miraculous gift sent from up above.
Prayer for Success in Selling a Home
Father, I know that You are interested in every single area of our lives, and we find that we need to sell our house. At this time, we are placing this need into Your hands, knowing that You have told us to cast ALL our cares upon You.
Lord, we thank You for providing us with this home we currently reside in, but You also know the need to sell our home at this point in time, and we want to place the entire selling process into Your hands, praying that You would be with us to guide during the entire sale. We also ask that you help us find a new home, and to bring it swiftly into our lives as You see fit.
Lord, You also know who it is that needs to move into this house and Lord, we are trusting You to guide the right buyers to see it. We pray that at the right time they may be able to purchase our home as well.
Lord into Your hands we commit our lives and our future in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer for Success at Work
Heavenly Father, I give You thanks for all my blessings and answered prayers in my life.
In the name of Christ Jesus, please guide myself towards the fruition of a successful, and fulfilling workplace.
Please guide my heart, and that of my coworkers, to pursue dedication and hard work in Your name. Please watch over the proceedings and tasks on a daily basis. Thank you, Christ Jesus. Amen.
Prayer for Success In Trying Times
Father I have come to a trying time in my life, and I am not sure which direction to go. I know that if I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then I will be walking in Your best way for my life, forever and always.
Help me Lord to be wise in the decisions I make at this junction, where various doors have seemed to close behind me. Lead me Lord in the direction that You would have me go day in, and day out. Lord I want my life to count, and I want to be successful in making a difference.
Take my life Lord, and at this cross-roads I ask that You rearrange my direction as best seems for to.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feed and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
3 Prayers for Success
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for us that's filled with hope and a future. God is for us and not against us. He wants to see us succeed and have a full life.
Whether you're facing a new career, a difficult exam at school, or working toward building a relationship, these prayers will help you focus on asking God to lead you.
When you follow God and live within his blessings and favor, you will experience true success!
Prayer for Success in Work
Lord, You have promised that if we will commit our work to You, You will make it succeed. So today, I dedicate every aspect of that work to You. I need Your wisdom daily to make the right choices, ones that require fairness, integrity, and a servant spirit.
From the start of every work day, I want to begin and end with You, knowing that You will guide every step and every decision I make. Throughout the day, remind me that You are in charge, not me.
May I do all things with excellence at work as if I am doing them for You, Lord.
I want Your goals to be my goals, and Your purposes, mine. Give me a learning spirit so I can constantly increase the skills You have given me to honor You and bring You glory. I know I am not to neglect those gifts You have placed within me, but that I am to watch myself closely to keep ambition in its right place and temptation at bay.Keep reminding me that people are more important than work projects, and that You not only want me to succeed, but You desire for me to help make others successful. Whether it’s my employer or a co-worker, help me see them as Your creations, worthy of respect and thoughtfulness. We all matter to You, God.
If I am treated unfairly at work, may I still reflect You in every way and keep my eyes on You. I know Your idea of success and mine may differ, and that to You, godly character is more important than completion of my goals.
Help me to work hard with patience and persistence, shunning laziness and embracing a thankful spirit for the employment You have given me.
No matter who signs my paycheck, and no matter how high or how low the ladder I’m on right now, I look to You as my ultimate Employer. I know that viewing You as my “Boss,” will not necessarily increase my salary or change my work conditions, but it will change me—and that You pay great benefits.
Serving You will put a smile on my face, allow my best work to shine through, and will insure that success belongs to You—Your way and Your time. I pledge to do the best that I can with what You have given me, Lord.
May Your plans become the desires of my heart—and may my work always be a success for You.
Prayer for Success at School
Lord, today I’m asking You to help me succeed as a student. I believe You are the Dream-maker, the Cultivator, and the Fulfiller of all worthy dreams.
You have been the Designer of my plans all along, and it’s You who will make them successful.
Help me to focus on my schoolwork, to listen carefully and show respect for my teachers and professors, and to receive correction well in areas where I’m wrong or haven’t yet mastered.I know I am more than a student; I am a life-long learner and Your ambassador on mission wherever I go. Refine my abilities; hone my character; and help me choose wisely the areas of study that will make my life work successful. Keep me organized and free of distractions so I can focus on school.
Show me how to listen more and then share freely when it will encourage others or make a difference to those who hear. Help me to honor You in my friendships at school and to be ready to lend a hand when others are struggling in their studies or in their lives. Help me sow seeds of kindness, excellence, and honesty.
If my faith is challenged, give me courage to stand for You, no matter what the consequences.
I want to learn, Lord. I am eager to unwrap the gifts You have given me. With each new skill I acquire, help me to apply that learning to real life as well.
Let knowledge, understanding, and common sense form a bond together with Your Word that will guard me against temptation. Keep the deceiver away from my heart as I choose to walk with You daily.
Help me find moments in the flurry of school activities and crazy schedules to simply be still and know that You are God.
Protect me from a prideful ego and let humility lead me in the path of success You have carved out for me. You have given me a unique place in Your kingdom, and I trust You to open doors that I cannot open myself.
Help me not to turn to the left or right but to follow You daily. When anxious thoughts or fear of failure threaten to overtake me, I will rest in You and Your promise of success for my life.Only You know what that success really means, but when You are on my side, I cannot fail.
everyone else, Lord, I want to succeed in my life and in my relationships. Balance is something I am always seeking so I can be successful in every area.
Help me not to put work, hobbies, or other activities ahead of You, my family, or my relationships, but to keep You in the center as the hub of my life.
Teach me Your priorities and help me keep them in the right place. Everything must revolve around You, Lord.
Bless my efforts to succeed, and may excellence, not perfectionism, drive my desires. Make me not only successful, but useful—a vessel of honor to be shared and poured out for You and Your kingdom.
Thank You that Your plans for me are beyond what I could possibly ask or hope or imagine. You actually want me to succeed so I can give You all the praise, honor, and glory.
I can do nothing without You, Lord.
When seasons of difficulties or interruptions creep into my life, help me to see them as opportunities to develop patience and persistence. You have given me every piece of armor I need to fight internal or external battles, and You have promised that nothing formed against me will prosper.
You know my beginning and when my life will end. You started the work in me, and it’s You Who will make it successful. You will complete that work as I simply abide in You, walk humbly and honestly, committing my life and all my plans to You.Teach me to value and honor the ebb and flow of life that includes celebration, joy, pause, and reflection.
Because Your plans and Your ways are not mine, Your idea of success for my life may not make sense to me at times. But as a faithful, sovereign God, You hold it all, including permission to change me or my circumstances to fit Your plans for my life.
Fill me with Your power, Your grace, and Your love, so that I can be at peace as much as is possible with every relationship and every aspect of my life. Help me to know and do Your will, Lord—so that any success You give me will in turn bring You the glory You so deserve.
What I desire most is to come to the end of my life and hear Your “Well Done!” That’s true success to me.
In Jesus’ precious name,
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Scripture Portion: 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10
In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 we read of Jabez who was a man of prayer. There is no doubt at all that he prayed for others, but the particular emphasis that is made in these two verses is that he prayed for himself.
It is not selfish to pray for ourselves, for it is only as we are blessed that we can be made a blessing to others. It was when Jabez prayed for true prosperity, and the Lord answered that prayer, that he could be made a great blessing to other people.
A careful study of the prayer of Jabez shows us that it contained four characteristics.
- (1) Jabez prayed intelligently. We are told that he ”cried out to the God of Israel” - that is to say, the Covenant God, the true and living God. It is quite evident that Jabez had been instructed in the school of prayer, and therefore his prayer was informed and intelligent. Very much prayer is unintelligent and is therefore unprofitable (example in Luke 18:11-12). The fundamental condition of prayer is that we must know God as our loving Heavenly Father - look up Matthew 6, and compare verses 6 and 9.
- (2) Jabez prayed earnestly. Notice the intensity of his prayer. This is evident as he cried out to the Lord. He did not simply say, ”Lord, bless me!” but “Oh, that you would bless me… !” We cannot fail to sense the reality and the passion that are present in this earnest cry to God. This must surely challenge us, for often we pray passionless, half-hearted prayers, and is it any wonder that such prayers do not reach the Throne of Grace? - look up Genesis 32:26, and compare Luke 11:5-10 and Luke 18:1-8.
- (3) Jabez prayed definitely. He knew what he wanted and he asked for what he wanted; there was nothing haphazard about his praying. His prayer was preceded by careful thought and meditation, and when he came to the moment of presenting his petition he was able to make his request in clearly defined terms. How important it is to be definite when we pray! - look up 1 Samuel 1:10-11.
- (4) Jabez prayed effectually. When Jabez prayed, “God granted his request”. There is tremendous encouragement in these words, for the God of Jabez is our God, and just as God answered this man’s prayer so He has pledged His word to do the same for us – look up and compare Jeremiah 33:3; Mark 11:24; John 15:7 and James 4:2.
These, then, are the four characteristics of this amazing prayer that Jabez offered for himself. Now notice from this prayer of Jabez how to pray that God will give you true prosperity. In verse 10 we are told that Jabez prayed for four things. They are clearly mentioned, and we cannot do better than follow this man’s example and pray as he prayed:-
1. We should pray for Grace.
Jabez prayed, “Oh, that you would bless me… !” What did he mean by this request? Every believer is already wonderfully blessed (Ephesians 1:3); but surely Jabez was praying for God’s blessing that he might be the man God wanted him to be - see what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:10.
We can only be what God wants us to be by His grace; therefore let us pray for grace, and there is plenty of grace available (2 Corinthians 9:8). In 1 Chronicles 4:9 there is the hint of a possible reason why Jabez needed special grace, for his name means ’Sorrowful’.
Perhaps there was some secret tragedy concerning his birth, but whatever it was he needed grace, and of course he received it, just as we will receive the grace we need (2 Corinthians 12:9).
2. We should pray for Growth.
How beautiful it is to hear Jabez saying to the Lord, “Oh, that you would …enlarge my territory!” - compare 2 Peter 3:18. Many Christians are content to remain in a state of spiritual babyhood (1 Corinthians 3:1-2).
We need to pray that the Lord will enlarge our territory, increase our capacity, deepen our faith, inflame our love, give us more opportunities, make us more usable and conform us more to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). It is a very costly thing to ask the Lord to enlarge your territory as undoubtedly it will mean testing, for it is by testing that we grow.
Without testing we remain dwarfs, we remain flabby and ineffective, but if the Lord is to make us strong for Him we must be tested (1 Peter 1:7).
3. We should pray for Guidance.
Jabez prayed …”Let your hand be with me.” The hand of God is an expression that denotes the power of the living God in action (Ezra 7:9), and compare Psalm 139:5. God wants us to live a guided life (Psalm 37:23). He has made provision for our lives to be ‘ordered’, as Whittier has expressed it so beautifully:-
- “Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress: And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.”
How glorious it is when striving, strain and stress are taken our lives and when, because the hand of the Lord is with us and upon us, we are able to live ordered lives and experience the beauty of His peace!
4. We should pray for Godliness.
Jabez prayed that God would keep him from evil, “that it may not grieve me” (KJV), or, “that it might not spoil my life.” What a prayer to pray! It reminds us of 2 Timothy 4:18 and, thank God, the Lord is able to deliver us from evil and to enable us to live a life that is glorifying to Him, a life that is pure, holy and Christ-!
In verse 9 Jabez is described as God’s ”honourable man”. Why is this? What is the secret of becoming one of God’s honourable ones? The secret is - prayer, much prayer and more prayer – look up 1 Thessalonians 5:17.