[Reflections from Life to the Nations '07]
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!" And God granted what he asked. (1Ch 4:10)
But Jacob said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."... And there he blessed him. (Ge 32:26,29)
You do not have, because you do not ask. (Jas 4:2)
Why is it that we often have a problem asking God to bless us? Is it because it seems selfish and self-centred (...and of course we are much to spiritual to pray in a self-centred way!)
Yet, Jesus instructed us to ask God for what we need. He told us that those who ask will receive. The problem is that often we think of our needs in a self-centred way, and so limit what we ask to just our own meagre requirements.
Yes, ironically it can that very self-centred attitude that keeps us from asking for the abundance of God's blessing on our lives. For if we only ask God for just what we need to get by, in what way does that benefit anyone else? God wants us blessed so that we can be a blessing; he wants us to have an abundance so that as well as our own requirements we have enough to bless others.
And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed (Ge 26:4)
God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him. (Ps 67:7 NASB)
It is only a blessed people that can be a blessing. Once we have understood that, we too will cry out to God that he would bless us abundantly...
...and God will grant us our request.