No matter where my travels may take me, each night I get down on bended knees to thank God for bringing me through the day. I also spend this time asking for wisdom and praying for the exact same things that the often over-looked Biblical character Jabez also petitioned from God. In this classic story, Jabez asks God for four simple things:
1. Bless him indeed (i.e. abundantly)
2. Enlarge his territory (i.e. influence and opportunities)
3. Remain with him
4. Keep him from evil so he may not cause pain to others
These four things may indeed be the “secret” to lasting happiness and success if we only do our part and avoid the things (and people) that are detrimental to the body, mind & spirit. I’ve been saying this prayer each night for more than a year, and it has truly changed my life!
I believe that my life has experienced such success not for simply reciting the Prayer of Jabez, but the effects of this nightly ritual reprograms my subconscious mind (see my Subconscious Mind blog) ) during the next eight hours while I sleep. Unfortunately, most of us tend to carry the woes of the day into our sleep, so when we arise the next morning our subconscious mind has undergone an 8-hour negativity reinforcement indoctrination. However, we can begin to reprogram our subconscious mind—which will ultimately affect our conscious mind—by simply spending our last waking moments reinforcing positive thoughts, plans, desires, and aspirations.
This is the true “secret” to guaranteeing that your New Year is more successful than last year. This is the secret to make sure that you continue your January New Year’s “resolutions” way past the month of February.
Therefore, for the next 365 days I invite you to join me nightly on your bended knees as we thank God for His blessings, pray for wisdom, and recite positive affirmations that will propel us in the days to come! Will you please join me?
About the Author of "Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening": James Hackley is an author, inspirational speaker, and a philanthropist who earned a B.S. degree in Physics from Longwood College and an M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia. He's the founder of Omega Consulting Enterprises, chaplain of a local chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and faithfully attends Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries International in Lansdowne, Va. His latest book, Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening can be purchased by visiting him at www.jameshackley.com , www.Amazon.com, and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.