Blessed indeed

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
— 1 Chronicles 4:10

I love the prayer of Jabez 😍

Seemingly tucked away in the midst of genealogy that is 1 Chronicles 4, we find a single, power-packed verse in which this man Jabez prays such a simple prayer of relationship, provision and protection. And not only does our Heavenly Father count him as more honourable than his brothers, but He also respects this prayer and “granted him what he requested”.

I believe Jabez had a real heart for God, and had a true revelation of just how good He is, and how ready He is to meet the desires of His children.

Because of the finished work at the cross, we don’t need to pray that we will be “blessed indeed”, as Jesus paid the highest price for us to walk in abundant provision and blessing (2 Cor 8:9). Instead we just need to know, in our hearts, that we are the righteousness of God in Christ  (2 Cor 5:21) and that every blessing is already ours.

Right now, our little family is enjoying some sunshine in Morocco. Our 5 year old daughter, Grace, understandably wants to do it all - indoor pool, outdoor pool, lunch, disco, reading, colouring and everything under the sun except sleep. 

It’s mine and Hannah’s heart to bless her by doing as much as she wants to do for the short time we’re here.

It’s our Father’s heart to bless us “exceedingly above all that we ask or think” (Eph 3:20) 🙏🏻