A sweet believer has been running a struggling business for a long time. She never makes more than a pittance from her time and often struggles to pay her bills.
Asked if she prayed for her business, she shook her head, smiled, and said, ‘No, God has given me love, grace, forgiveness, and daily bread – I won’t ask for anything more than that.’
I don’t tell you about her to criticize her attitude, not at all. She’s one of the nicest women I know and she’s truly content with her life. That’s awesome!
We all have different goals and dreams. Some of you want to build a business to provide a part-time income that gives you the ability to say home with your kids and have no interest in growing beyond that point.
Some of you though… have big dreams for your biz!
If you have been a believer for at least ten years you’ve probably heard of a little book by Bruce Wilkinson titled the Prayer of Jabez.
If you haven’t heard of it or if you never got a copy of your own to enjoy, I highly recommend it.
I did have a copy back in 2000 when it first came out and I personally gave several copies away to others. Looking back, God definitely answered my ‘Prayer of Jabez’ in a big way. My life is completely different ten years later!
The book is based on this verse in the Bible:
1 Chronicles 4:10 (NIV) reads:
“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.”
If you Google the Prayer of Jabez you’ll find quite a few opinions both good and bad – but you can’t argue with the Bible on this. Jabez prayed for increase and God gave it to him!
Don’t let anything stop you from crying out to God about your business and all of its related needs.
God equips you to run your business and if you’re doing what He has called you to do, He will certainly be faithful to provide you with the tools and resources you need to make it profitable.