"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
Although it has been several years since I read The Prayer of Jabez by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, it remains one of my favorite books and a great source of inspiration for a dreamer such as myself. In 2010, before I celebrated my fiftieth birthday, my first book was published. This fulfilled a dream that was years in the making, a dream I never dared would come true. God has a way of doing what we dream of when we least expect it, even though we stop praying about the dream long before it comes true. I love that about God.
As we venture into the uncharted territory of a New Year, I can't help but get excited about the prospects ahead! Perhaps you are excited, too. I believe that as we seek a deeper knowledge of God and a closer relationship with him, he is going to open doors (and perhaps close a few) and do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Difficult times will be ever-present because Christ's return and the end of our world is closer than ever before. But God will continue to prove himself faithful as we place our trust in him.
What is it that you want for the New Year? As you look back on this year and take inventory of all that has happened, thank God for his blessings and provision. Make a list of what you would like to see happen next year and commit that list to him in prayer. Know that if you pray according to his will with a heart that is pure, he will answer your prayers. His answers may not come according to your time frame, but God has promised to answer prayers offered in faith by those who walk close to him.
Have a dream you want to see fulfilled? Don't give up on the dream or on the Dream Giver! Continue to seek him first in every area of your life, giving him permission to have his way in you. As you surrender your all, he will take you places you could never imagine and do through you things that only God can do! The New Year awaits you -- dare to step into new territory with God!