“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)
Jabez prays: “Enlarge my territory!” This is a prayer for an opportunity, for restoration, in his case, of his lost inheritance; for a place to stand in the midst of the culture of his day in which he might gain some sense of status and respect.
For us it means to find a way to break out of whatever may be limiting us, hemming us in and enslaving us. You may feel that you are in a situation in which you have no opportunity to grow, to advance, to be fulfilled, happy and satisfied. If that is the case, this is the proper kind of prayer to pray: “Father God, please give me fresh opportunities to fulfill my destiny! For Your name’ sake, please open new doors of favor for me. Enlarge my territory of godly influence in my marriage, my ministry and my business! ‘I will not let You go unless You bless me’ (Gen 32:26)! In Jesus’ name! Amen!”