How to Expect God to Answer

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How to Expect God to Answer by Janis Cox

In my third week of studying the book, Prayer of Jabez, I learned to expect God to answer. Since we are working to glorify Him, this prayer from Jabez makes more sense.

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, NIV).

As I repeat each day, “Lord, bless me indeed, expand my territory,” I saw things differently. I took the time to connect with people on Twitter, on Facebook and in my personal life. God still gave me ample time to finish what other tasks needed to be done.

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty (Zechariah 4:6, NIV).

If I want to be a true follow of Jesus I need to spend time with Him, to listen to Him and get to know Him better. Then I hope God will work through me to expand my territory (my ministry).

As I worked through two strong faith-filled books (Prayer of Jabez and Not a Fan) I was inspired to continue to watch and be aware of what God was doing in my life. I still do that today.

I truly believe that nothing is impossible with God. Somehow I am able to be with Jesus and focus on others and finish my work. How? – with God. I do all this and am not stressed in the least. Thank You, Lord.

God always intervenes when you put His agenda before yours and go for it (Bruce Wilkinson, Prayer of Jabez)!


Thank you for always leading and guiding us. May your Holy Spirit work through us to show us where to spend our time. We will try not to stress but instead trust you to give us ample time to get the things done that are your priority. We believe you are a big God who can do the impossible. Expand our territory. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.


God always intervenes when you put His agenda before yours and go for it! (tweet this)

Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! ~ 1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV (tweet this)


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Janis Cox

Janis Cox – Author and Illustrator

Janis Cox is a wife, mother, grandmother, a sister and friend. She has been married for almost 41 years to a wonderful, caring and patient husband – they have three grown children who are married; they have 5 grandchildren and a new one on the way.

She is a writer, watercolour artist and person who always is involved in doing something. She has her fingers in many pies – but all of them are delicious. A friend once told her that she saw a vision of her – with a whole bunch of coloured balloons and she tried to capture each one of them.

As a former public school teacher she loved to write poems for her kids. With this background she has now published her first illustrated children’s book, Tadeo Turtle.

She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe. You can find her at her website.

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