Father, like You granted Jabez’s request, would You also “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.“
Like You acted in Paul’s life, would You orchestrate my circumstances to allow for opportunities to bring You glory, and would You fill my mouth with the words to say as I give testimony to Your greatness. Although Paul’s situation of being in prison did not change, You allowed a greater and greater audience for Your truth to be spoken. There are situations in my life that I would prefer be changed so I don’t have to deal with the hardships they bring and the worry they cause. But I am willing to accept whatever conditions You allow, knowing that You are with me, and will defend me, and will use them to Your glory.
Thank You Lord, that this “morning You heard my voice. As I laid my requests before You,” I know You were listening and are able to act in even the most complicated of circumstances. I was able to get up and go on with my day, knowing and trusting that You are in control as I “wait in expectation”.
“Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness…make straight my way before me. I take refuge in You, so let me be glad; let me ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over me, and all who who love Your name and rejoice in You…Surround me with Your favor as with a shield.”
If my husband or sons or I have offended each another, let us be soft-hearted towards one another. Rather than being like fortified cities, where entry is barred, let them open their gates to each other and welcome each other in brotherly love. Bless them Lord, and surround them also, with Your favor. Amen