My name is J'nai Porter and I am the Coordinator of the Singles Ministry at Cathedral of Faith church, where we are thankfully and joyfully Pastored by Lee A. Jackson. I am happy to introduce the Singles Ministry Book Club Blog. I want to use this blog as a forum to stay connected during the reading of the books, and to have a platform for us to respectfully share our thoughts and ideas about the books as they develop. I also want the blog to serve as an option for participants who are home bound or not local to the Detroit, MI area. Being the host of the Singles Ministry Book Club Kick-Off event, I want you all to know that I am very excited and prayerful that this will be the first of many successful endeavors.
For our First Reading I have opened the invitation for All interested parties to participate in our first Book Club session; the reading of Dr. Bruce Wilkinson's best seller "The Prayer of Jabez". I characterize this book as a Spiritual "Game Changer"! I am excited to share with you what led me to "The Prayer of Jabez" book, give you a sneak peak on some of the discoveries I made, and read all of your comments. Let’s unite and work together to help learn, grow, and build up the Kingdom of God.
Let me get the ball rolling and tell you all about what led me to choosing "The Prayer of Jabez" as the first book for our Singles Ministry Book Club. For starters I had hit a spiritual road block in my life. I was in the word, I was applying the word, but it just felt like I was missing some important spiritual detail or details. The mystery seemed to be keeping me from the next level in my spiritual growth. I tried guessing, wondering what could it be? I quickly realized that was not the proper path. So I prayed and asked God to show me what I was missing and I asked what do I need to do differently?
It did not take long for God to direct my path to the answers I was searching for. Less than two weeks after I made my prayer, a business associate of mine said, “I have a book for you to read, I think you will enjoy it”. This particular associate has let me borrow some Awesome Spiritual books in the past, but I must admit I was not connecting my prayer request with receiving this book he thought I would enjoy. However, once I began to read the little book called “The Prayer of Jabez” I immediately realized, this book was the answer to my prayer. Jabez’s prayer highlighted what I wanted, which was to be blessed abundantly by God. It addressed what I hoped for, which was to have my territories enlarged. His prayer demonstrated what I believed for and had faith in, which was that God’s hand would be with me, and what was absolutely critical to my progress, that God would keep me from evil.
You may be saying to yourself I already ask for these things, or how is this prayer so special? I will share my insight on what made this prayer special, it was Wilkinson’s description of the additional principles one should apply if they hope the Jabez prayer will work. He did a fantastic job of illustrating the “Why”. We are praying the Jabez prayer not to get more of what we want for ourselves but to be better equipped to serve God in the kingdom. I pray for folks every day, but I do not think I had ever asked God to SEND SOMEONE WHO NEEDS ME. That one line from the book literally changed my life. Now, when I ask God to send someone who needs me every day, I know I am expecting God to do just that, and I am expecting him to equip me with whatever provisions I need to carry out the spiritual assignment.
Are you ready to grow in God, well start praying for what God can do through you instead of what God can do for you? As I read, I applied all the principles Dr. Wilkinson suggested, and guess what? They worked. Are you ready for some proof? The Singles Ministry Book Club and Blog were a product of me making the Jabez prayer daily and having my territories enlarged. The Holy Spirit dropped those ideas in me, and I was obedient to carry out my assignments. That was only the beginning, but I will stop here, because I don’t want to give away all the goodies. The changing transforming power of God is real. Let’s All strive to mature in Christ Jesus.
*Don’t know where to start, here are some questions to help get you going. Are you a single person answering, please specify, and if you don’t mind share your age, city/state as well? What discoveries have you made so far? How has your territory been enlarged? Tell me all about your first experience after the first time you asked God to "send someone who needs me". Let's discuss if implementing the prayer daily is helping your relationship with God grow if so how? Can you see yourself continuing this additional prayer always, or do you think you will let it go after the 30 day plan? I'm interested in reading all commentary and I hope everyone enjoy reading the dialogue as well. Let’s grow together in God.*
Cost: Purchase Book Open Registration: By July 13, 2014 Late Registration Deadline: July 18, 2014 Meet and Discuss: August 9, 2014 4p-6p at Cathedral of Faith Church 13925 Burt Rd. Detroit, MI 48223
*Note* If you are or your church/organization is regional, national, or international you can participate via Blog at www.loosemassagetherapyplus.com Blog: The Porter Report..Let's Talk about it! ~ Book Club Edition or Starting July 14, 2014 www.cathedraloffaithdetmi.org