‘Miracles do still happen’
It never ceases to amaze me the things God does every day in our lives, even when we don’t expect it. A good friend mine suggested that I have a look at the “Jabez Prayer” in 1 Chronicles 4 verse 10 to see what would happen if I tried praying to God in the same way as Jabez had done all those years ago. He said he had some amazing things happen to him and it would be well worth investigating further. I had never heard of it before but once he told me I became intrigued, and thought I would give it a try to see what happened for myself.
I have now been praying this prayer on a regular basis, and some amazing things have happened over the years. I would like to share just this one with you even though there have been many others; this just shows how quickly God can answers our prayers.
The prayer goes like this; “And Jabez cried out to the God of Israel saying,”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. (N.I.V). A rather odd prayer I here you say. Well on this particular morning the part “and enlarge my territory,” just seemed more relevant as I prayed. I went to work as usual and thought no more of it. At about 2 pm the phone rang, astonishingly it was the BBC asking me if I would like to take part in the programme ‘Flog it’. I was absolutely astounded and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I just did not expect any thing like this, or as soon.
In case you don’t already know “Flog it” is an antiques programme where people take along an item they think is an antique, get the item valued, then if the person wishes to sell, the team ‘Flog it!’ During the programme there are two slots in which different businesses are shown relating to a craft or trade, hence the phone call. They wanted an upholsterer who still does traditional re-upholstery using horsehair and Hessian in the restoration of old furniture. We fixed up a provisional appointment with the producer John Miller to come along and look at what we do and see if they wanted to take it further. A couple of days later I was asked if I would like to take part in the programme. A few weeks later Paul Martin and the crew arrived and started filming. They started outside the workshop to film the entrance and the end scene so as to catch the light, then inside to film the nitty, gritty of what we do and what things to look for when buying old upholstered furniture.
Now it doesn’t mean that whatever we want, we will get, as God says he will meet all our needs not our wants. But God wants to give us more; all we have to do is ask him.
It was an amazing experience, one that made me realise more than ever that God loves and cares for all of us, and all we have to do is ask now matter how trivial. What a wonderful sense of humour He has….’Enlarge my territory’. I still smile when I think about it.
If you would like to find out some more about this remarkable little prayer of Jabez please follow the links.