The Bible tells a very short story in just two verses hidden inside a mind-numbing genealogy about an obscure man, Jabez, who audaciously cried out to God for help to rise above his pain. And God granted his request. Why was this ancient story included in Scripture? Simply this: To let you know that if you desire to rise above your pain — your history, your constraints, your character — then lift it to God. If you need God’s blessing, dare to ask him for it. If you want to seize territory — spiritual, financial, relational abundance — ask God to give it to you. Just pray — bigly. God may just grant your request, too!

Portland Christian Center
Practice Prayer—Ask Bigly, Expect Bigly