By Gladys McElmore
Can we as Black American women relate to the Prayer of Jabez? As we still call on the same God of Israel, let us thank Him for the successful, even through extremely difficult, ocean voyages from Africa to America and for the 16th, 17th, 18th century survivals of our ancestors. Thank God for our present-day existence. We have been able to overcome many social, racial and economical barriers.
Spiritual blockades and healing of broken areas of our lives have occurred as miracles through extensive prayers and meditations. God, we thank you more than once! You have blessed us indeed in the past and have never failed us in any time period or situation.
Jabez’s second request was for an enlarged coast or territory. We too have experienced this as Black women who have accumulated much more to offer God, our fellow man and for ourselves. Look beyond our arrival date and see talents and treasures from God. Pray to God without limitations in our requests for larger territories or more of many opportunities. God, we thank you daily.
Has thine hand been with us as Black women? God has blessed us with anointed leaders, has made many of us great leaders, created financial gains, made us inventors, made us investors and other benefits that were unknown to our ancestors. We can thank God for His hand in medical technology for cures and extensions of our lives.
How can we as Black women keep from evil and from causing grief? We must avoid evil thoughts, evil doers, evil set-ups, entrapments and always separate ourselves from all ungodly situations. Honor the voice of God and obey Him. Reposition ourselves to be granted God’s blessings and revelations as we thirst for His presence! Ask God to lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13).
Ask God for strength to overcome temptations. Choose to do things God’s way so that we do not grieve our family, friends or God. He will grant our petitions according to His will.
As we migrate to higher spiritual realms with greater hopes, remember God can move us to better positions in life. He can create more productive lives according to His word which is our support for change. In modern America, let all of us continue to thank God daily for Jabez’s small prayer with big ideas!
Mrs. Gladys McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.