Friday, May 13, 2011
DEVOTION: Enlarge my Territory - Shirley Corder
We were currently studying 'The Prayer of Jabez' as found in Jeremiah 32:17-20. That week, the key verse was verse 10: Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory! (Jeremiah 4:10 NKJV) Each day that week, I prayed the prayer suggested in the workbook we were following: "Lord, bless me, and enlarge my territory".
Each day I deleted all emails mentioning conferences.
One day I sensed the Lord say to me, "Make up your mind! Do you want me to enlarge your territory or not?"
Nine months later, I set out on the adventure of my lifetime. My circumstances had not changed. I still couldn't afford to fly to Johannesburg, but I had a ticket to America, half way across the world, safely tucked into my purse. God heard my prayer, and expanded my territory in a way I would never have believed possible.
I wonder how often I talk myself out of a blessing, because I decide what God is able, or not able, to do? How about you? Have you talked yourself out of a blessing? Is there something you long to write about, or a goal you would love to achieve, but you can't see how it's possible? It may not be . . . on your own. Try asking the Lord to bless you, and enlarge your territory. Then don't be surprised when He does!
Have you had an answer to a Jabez prayer? Share it with us below.
SHIRLEY M. CORDER lives in South Africa and never expected to be a published author—until she decided to pray about her writing. Her book, Rise and Soar above the Cancer Valley is due for release in the USA in 2012, and she is contributing author to seven other books. Hundreds of her inspirational and life-enrichment articles have been published internationally. You can contact Shirley through her writing website, her Rise and Soar cancer site, or follow her on Twitter.