Every year it never fails. We set out to make changes, do things, and go to places that will make us better people. The resolutions, the healthy diets, the workout regimens, and the fasting are just a few ways that we try to accomplish these things.
While I usually subscribe to the improving myself philosophy and jump on the bandwagon January 1, this year I wanted to do something different. I want the changes I make not only benefit me, but I also want them to benefit others as much as possible.
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “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.” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:10
When reading 1 Chronicles 4:10, we learn of a simple prayer that has had profound impact on many. The Prayer of Jabez comes is a prayer that simply put, asks the Lord for the ability to change the world for the better. Many years after the prayer was documented in the Bible, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said something that included something similar to what was in the prayer. (Click here to read more).