Welcome to the BOLD prayer Challenge! I started the BOLD Prayer challenge awhile ago to encourage us all to pray with more boldness and confidence as we seek the Lord each day. You can download FREE prayer resources for each day of the challenge!
The letters in the word BOLD stand for specific words in an acrostic that I will use for each day of the challenge.
Today’s word for the letter B in BOLD is…
Do you remember the buzz years ago about the Prayer of Jabez? What a bold prayer!
Jabez said to the Lord,
“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.”1 Chronicles 4:10
After he prayed this prayer, the next part of verse 10 says that the Lord granted his request. Jabez’s prayer was not lengthy or wordy. He didn’t ask selfishly for God to bless him with riches or fame.
He simply and boldly asked that God’s hand would remain with him, and that the presence of God would never leave or forsake him.
What greater blessing is there than the loving presence of our holy God?!
Here are the four bold requests Jabez asked God for in his prayer:
1. Bless me
Some people may think that it is selfish to ask God to bless us, but all throughout Scripture God blesses his people.
In Genesis 1:28 God blessed Adam and Eve and instructed them to rule over the earth. He blessed Abraham in Genesis 12:2 and said that he would make him and his descendants into a great nation.
In Genesis 32:26 Jacob wrestled with God, and would not let him go until he blessed him.
There is nothing wrong with asking God to bless us and our families. The type of blessing that we desperately need from God is the power of his presence and his abundant spiritual blessings in our lives. Lord, thank you for blessing us!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.Ephesians 1:3
2. Enlarge my territory
What did Jabez mean when he asked God to enlarge his territory? The word territory, or border in this passage refers to specific landmarks or land borders. Perhaps Jabez was asking God to expand the territory of the land of his family, or more specifically, the nation of Israel.
God promised his people that they would inherit the territory of the land he promised to Abraham.
“I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”Genesis 17:7-8
We may not have physical land that we can claim, but we can boldly ask God to expand and increase our “spiritual landscapes”. God has the power to turn our parched souls into lush places of freedom and refreshment.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.Isaiah 43:19
3. Let your hand be with me
We all desire for God to be with us, and we can confidently trust that he is! His Word is filled with promises of his presence going his people. Praise God that he will never leave or forsake us!
…behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.Matthew 28:20
4. Keep me from harm
I love Psalm 121 that powerfully proclaims that our God will keep watch over us and keep us from harm. This does not mean that we will never experience pain and suffering in our lives–but we can boldly trust and believe that God will sustain us each day!
The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.Psalm 121:7-8
So what about you? What blessing do you need from God today? Don’t be afraid to boldly approach your Father with your requests and heart-felt desires. He knows what you need, and he loves to bless his people!
Take some time today and read the prayer of Jabez in the BOLD Prayer Challenge Prayer Guide, and spend some time reflecting on this passage. Then use this the prayer of Jabez to pray your own bold prayer to God!
Today’s Free Prayer Printables
You can also download your set of free printable scripture cards here. These cards include powerful verses on prayer, and there is also a blank page where you can type your own verses to memorize and study! Download these blank editable Scripture cards here!
Blessings to you as you pray boldly!
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Read more about the Introduction to the BOLD Prayer Challenge in this post here!
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