Jabez wanted more influence than he presently had. He wanted to make a mark for God. So he prayed, “Lord, take everything You’ve given me and multiply it!” If he’d been a farmer, he’d have prayed, “Lord, give me a bumper crop!” If he’d been a homemaker, he’d have prayed, “Lord, give this family impact in this community!” If he’d been a stockbroker, he’d have prayed, “Lord, increase the value of my portfolio.”
“Is it right to ask God for more business?” you ask. Absolutely! Listen, “God… giveth thee power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18). God will bless your business, so that you can underwrite His! Not only is it right to ask – He’s waiting for you to do so! God’s actually looking for those who want to do more for Him because most of us shrink from this level of blessing.
That’s because we’re working with timid faith and the wrong formula. We think: “My abilities + experience + personality + appearance + lucky breaks + the cooperation of others = my destiny.” No, you’ve left God out! Here’s the right equation: “My weakness x God’s almightiness = more blessing, more territory, and more impact for Him.”
Every miracle begins with a bold request. When you don’t take a step of faith, you don’t need God. But when you cry, “Enlarge my territory,” He provides everything you need to fulfil His purposes, and He gives you a front-row seat in a life of miracles. Today, why don’t you pray, “Oh that You would enlarge my territory”?