Written on August 17, 2016. By Shari Norvell
A few nights ago, my person and I were in the midst of date night, when we felt to read a chapter from one of the Terraforming books. That was a surprise as our date night reading is usually the story in the sky.
But we simply responded and read “Father Kings.” Though this chapter was written for the kings of our day (and the queens that love them!!) we felt like we came across a chest of nuggets for our season of Jubilee. Treasures to carry to the fulness of our returns.
A royal people need prayers that match the immensity of their covenants. As I pursued Pappa for prayers such as that some years ago, I was surprised at where He led me. Actually, I was pretty resistant, as I had seen this prayer on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs. Called the prayer of Jabez, I was blown away by the depth, width and truth of his prayer. From five things Jabez said, I wrote the prayers below. At the time I wrote them, I was astounded by what opened up before me.
A few sleeps ago, my person and I prayed them hand in hand, hearts held tight, in the beyond of them and we felt like combination locks were being turned, number by number and that a stunning substance was being unleashed! A wild wealth that we will convey to a wanting world as we set the table for the feast of Jubilee!
Nugget 1: Bless Me Indeed
“Pappa, all blessing comes from You and I desire all You have for me. I don’t want to be a spectator. I want to lead others to participate. You are my portion. You are the inheritance I seek. I desire no source but You. I invite You to perform everything in me that You were thinking when You created me. Humble me with the power of Your Presence, that I would only pursue the building of Your Kingdom and never my own. I have a big view of You Pappa, but it is not enough. I ask for a double portion of the knowledge of You, that I would know Your ways and become them. Fill my vision with You. I repent for every time I have made my own plan and then asked You to bless them, instead of seeking Your will and carrying it out. Pappa redeem every moment wasted when I sought my way instead of Yours.”
Nugget 2: Enlarge My Territory
“Pappa, I love Your Presence. I love being hemmed in by You. I ask You to expand the borders so Your Kingdom can be expanded through me. You have kept my portion secure for me and drawn lines for my protection. Thank You for being my defender. Enlarge my life, for I long to see Your glory so the fulness of Your character is revealed in me and through me. Enlarge my view of who You are. I want to be where You are. I don’t want my life with You to be a job or responsibility. I don’t want to do this for You, but with You. Enlarge me to pursue the best and not settle in good. Reveal to me all wounds and mindsets that keep me bound. I ask for surprises today. I want to go to unfamiliar places with You. I desire revelation, not information. I don’t want to bind You with the limits of my mind, but instead explore You within the largeness of imagination. I ask You Pappa, to enlarge the harvest before me, that I could not just see a field but oversee Your vineyard.”
Nugget 3: Be With Me
“Pappa, I want to inquire of You about all things. If my gaze turns to what I can find out for myself, I ask You to refocus me. Guide me in the day and night. Go before me and come behind me with Your wisdom. I look to You for all resources, strength, strategy, vision and supernatural encounters that fortify me for the journey. Open my eyes and ears for a new capacity to see and hear You. I don’t want answers, I want You. Pappa, let me never be a breath away from You. Help me to recognize You in all things, every step, every choice.”
Nugget 4: Deliver Me
“Pappa, I understand that You are always delivering me to something. I don’t want to miss it by having my eyes focused on what the enemy can do, instead of what You are doing. I don’t want to seek deliverance just in times of trouble. I want to be delivered to You daily. Reveal to me anything that separates us, so I might be delivered to Your hand. If there is any ground I have given to the enemy, I ask You to lead me to take it back. Not just the land but all provision, resource and relationship that has been affected by his occupation. I enter no battle that You have not led me to, so I don’t live embattled. Stay my steps anytime I runs towards man’s battles instead of your victories. Be with me in the temptations. Direct me away from all that is not of You. Help me to never agree with the accuser about myself or others. Where I have had fear, I ask for awe. I ask for the remembrance of all You have done to keep my path straight.”
Nugget 5: Thank you for opening Heaven’s Storehouses
“Thank You for every open gate, door and chest of Heaven on my behalf. Thank You for every testimony that comes forth. Thank You for every fruit I can share with another, that they would know, and would see that it is You moving on my behalf and theirs. Thank You for Your presence and Your glory. Thank You for inviting me to dwell safely with You. Thank You for every victory of Heaven and every defeat of the enemy. Thank You for unveiled access to You! I am in awe as I abide. I am so aware of You in every aspect of my life.”
Invite the Holy Spirit to navigate you through these prayers. Maybe you will be led to one, maybe all. You may start out with the words I’ve written and find your own along the way. Let yourself be prompted to pray them again. And again. Then journal about what opens up before you, how your heart changes and is prepared in greater measure for returning and the returned. Write of a world turned different before you, a life lived different by you!