It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
and the book:
Charisma House (July 5, 2011)
***Special thanks to Anna Coelho Silva | Publicity Coordinator, Charisma House | Charisma Media for sending me a review copy.***
Apostle John Eckhardt is overseer of Crusaders Ministries, located in Chicago, Illinois. Gifted with a strong apostolic call, he has ministered throughout the United States and overseas in more than eighty nations. He is a sought-after international conference speaker, produces a weekly television program, Perfecting the Saints, and has authored more than twenty books, including Prayers That Rout Demons, Prayers That Break Curses, and Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power. Eckhardt resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Wanda, and their five children.
Visit the author’s website.
John Eckhardt shows you how to move from the mundane into the supernatural favor of God. The key is simply asking. Ask God to bless you—He will always hear and answer! Filled with powerful prayers for abundance, wellbeing, and favor, Prayers That Activate Blessings is the definitive resource for…
Learning to walk in covenant blessing and the blessing of obedience
Hearing the voice of God and being blessed
Accessing the many different ways to receive God’s blessing
Prayers and confession of Scripture are two of the most powerful weapons we have in life. Break the powers of darkness, and release the blessings and favor of God in your life today!
List Price: $9.99
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Charisma House (July 5, 2011)
AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:
Asking for what we need or want from God is a foundational principle of our relationship with Him as king and ruler over all. He has made Himself available to hear our request. Matthew 7:7–11 (kjv) makes that clear:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
God’s covenant leaders understood this aspect of mankind’s relationship to God, and they took advantage of it when they came into His presence.
Jabez—Oh, That Thou Wouldest Bless Me
The story of Jabez is only two verses (1 Chron. 4:9–10), but it is a powerful reminder of the effectiveness of fervent prayer. The Bible says that Jabez was an honorable man, more honorable than his brothers. Being honorable and having a pure heart before God always play a part in how God answers our prayers. You will see this theme throughout this book. It’s not about being perfect, but it is about being holy, as we will uncover later.
The story of Jabez goes on to reveal that he called on the God of Israel, asking for a blessing, and God granted him that which he requested. God answered Jabez. Jabez didn’t go into some long exercise of prayer, reciting the Torah and using big words. He simply went before God and said, “‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested” (v. 10). He asked and God gave it to him. Simple.
This teaches us that we can ask God to bless us and that He will grant us what we ask for. Jabez asked for God to bless Him, and He did. God is the source of blessing, and it is the nature of God to be good to His creation. The psalmist says, “The Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting” (Ps. 100:5). A revelation of the goodness of God will cause faith for His blessings.
Jacob—I Will Not Let Go Unless You Bless Me
Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and
the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as
He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”
This event in Jacob’s life came after a long battle for the woman of his dreams. He had diligently worked for his wife Rachel for a total of fourteen years. He had hope and expectation behind his efforts. Many of us pray once and immediately get angry with God when He doesn’t give us what we prayed for. Not Jacob; he held on to what he knew God had for him at the end of his labor. He had his eyes set on his blessing and wouldn’t let go until he had it.
But here we see Jacob once again in the midst of a battle, but this one was not a battle of flesh and blood. He is contending with the supernatural. Jacob had been taught by the fathers of past generations (Abraham and Isaac) about the power and provision of the one true God. He knew that as he came in contact with Him he had an open invitation to request a blessed. And a blessing is what he got.
So He said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”
Not only did Jacob come face-to-face with God, but because he asked, he was also blessed with a new name, purpose, future, and destiny. His whole identity was changed. Jacob experienced what is called a bonanza or a “suddenly” of God. He was instantly taken from being second after Esau, having no inheritance of his own, to being blessed spiritually with an eternal birthright full of the riches of the kingdom of God.
That is what God wants to do for you when you come to Him for a blessing. He wants to give you more than what you ask for because He is good and because He knows how to give good gifts to His children. What you ask Him for is only the start of what He wants to do in your life.
Moses—Please, Show Me Your Glory
Moses longed for the glory of the Lord. He longed to dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. He sought hard after God, and God knew him intimately: “ . . . for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name” (Exod. 33:17). So when the time came for Moses to make his request to see the glory of God, he didn’t have to make a case for how close he and God were. God knew him by name. Does God know you
In Exodus 33:17–23 we witness the exchange between Moses and God. The Lord granted Moses’s request because Moses had found favor in His sight, and He caused His goodness to pass before Moses. Goodness is the word tuwb, meaning goods, good things, goodness, property, fairness, beauty, joy, and prosperity.
The Lord is abundant in goodness and is anxious to give good gifts to His children. God has laid up His goodness (blessings) for us. If we know Him and He knows us, all we have to do is ask Him for it. His blessings are for His children.
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
—Psalm 31:19, kjv
Prayers for Blessing
Lord, You are the source of my blessing.
Lord, I choose blessing by walking in Your covenant.
Lord, command Your blessing upon my life.
Lord, You are the father of lights, and You give good gifts. Release Your gifts into my life (James 1:17).
Lord, I trust in You, and I receive Your blessing.
Lord, I ask and I receive Your blessing.
Lord, I seek and find Your blessing.
Lord, I knock, and the door of blessing is opened to me.
Lord, I ask for blessings in the name of Jesus, and I believe You give them to me.
Lord, You are a God who blesses and rewards those who diligently seek after You (Heb. 11).
Lord, You are a fountain of (life) blessing.
Lord, You are a tree of (life) blessing.
Lord, release Your river of blessing into my life.
Lord, rain upon my life, and pour out Your blessing over me.
Lord, release the blessing of heaven and the blessing of the deep into my life (Gen. 49:25).
Lord, release the blessing of the breast and the womb into my life (Gen. 49:25).
Let the blessing of Abraham come on my life (Gal. 3:13–14).
Let me be blessed with authority (Gen. 49:10).
Let me be a fruitful bough whose branches run over the wall (Gen. 49:22).
Lord, bless my substance and the work of my hands (Deut. 33:11).
Lord, bless my land, and let the dew of heaven be upon me (Deut. 33:13).
Lord, enlarge me like Gad (Deut. 33:20).
Lord, let me be satisfied with favor, and let me be full of Your blessing like Naphtali (Deut. 33:23).
Lord, let me dwell in safety, and cover me like Benjamin (Deut. 33:12).
Let me suck of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hid in the sand, like Zebulun and Issachar (Deut. 33:18–19).
Let me reap a hundredfold like Isaac (Gen. 26:12).
Let me be blessed like Jacob (Gen. 28:1).
Lord, Jabez asked You to bless him, and You did. Bless me like Jabez (1 Chron. 4:10).
Lord, bless me and make me fruitful like Ishmael (Gen. 17:20).
Lord, bless me with a blessing that cannot be reversed (Num. 23:20).
Let my basket and store be blessed (Deut. 28:5).
Lord, bless my beginning and my latter end like Job’s (Job 42:12).
Lord, bless me with favor like Esther (Esther 2:17).
Lord, bless me with wisdom like Solomon.
Lord, give me favor like Nehemiah to finish the assignment You have given me (Neh. 2:5).
Lord, bless me to inherit my territory like Caleb and Joshua.
Lord, let me win every battle like David.
Prayers for the Blessing of Goodness
I receive Your blessings of goodness, and You set a crown of pure gold on my head (Ps. 21:3). I will rejoice because of Your goodness (Exod. 18:9).
Let Your goodness pass before me (Exod. 33:19).
Let Your abundant goodness come into my life (Exod. 34:6).
Let Your promise of goodness be fulfilled in my life (2 Sam. 7:28).
Let me be glad and joyful because of
Your goodness (1 Kings 8:66). I will rejoice in Your goodness (2 Chron. 6:41).
Let me delight myself in Your great goodness (Neh. 9:25).
Let goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life, for You are my shepherd, and I will not want (Ps. 23). Remember me for Your goodness’ sake (Ps. 25:7). I will see Your goodness in the land of the living (Ps. 27:13).
Lord, You have laid up Your great goodness for me (Ps. 31:19).
Let Your goodness endure continually in my life (Ps. 52:1).
Crown my year with Your goodness, and drop fatness on my life (Ps. 65:11).
Let me be satisfied with the goodness of Your house (Ps. 65:4).
I will praise You for Your goodness and Your wonderful works toward me (Ps. 107:8).
Fill my soul with Your goodness (Ps. 107:9).
I receive your loving-kindness and great goodness (Isa. 63:7).
Bring me into a plentiful country, and let me enjoy Your goodness (Jer. 2:7).
Let me enjoy Your goodness, Lord—the wheat, the wine, and the oil (Jer. 31:12).
Satiate my soul with fatness, and let me be satisfied with Your goodness (Jer. 31:14).
Let men hear of the goodness and prosperity
You establish in my life (Jer. 33:9).
Let Your goodness be as the morning cloud and as the early dew (Hosea 6:4).
Make me cheerful with Your goodness (Zech. 9:17).
I have tasted and seen that You are good (Ps. 34:8).
I will not lack any good thing (Ps. 34:10).
Do good in Your good pleasure toward me (Ps. 51:18).
Lord, withhold no good thing from me (Ps. 84:11).
Lord, give me that which is good, and let me increase (Ps. 85:12).
Show me a token for good (Ps. 86:17).
Satisfy my mouth with good things, and let my youth be restored as the eagle’s (Ps. 103:5).
Open Your hand and fill me with good (Ps. 104:28).
Bless me out of Zion, and let me see good (Ps. 128:5).
Let me be satisfied with good by the fruit of my mouth (Prov. 12:14).
Prayers for Bonanzas and Breakthrough
Lord, let my desire come, and let it be a tree of life (Prov. 13:12).
Let understanding be a wellspring of life for me (Prov. 16:22).
Lord, let Your fear give me life (blessing); let me be satisfied, and let me not be visited with evil (Prov. 19:23).
Lord, let humility and Your fear bring riches, life (blessing), and honor (Prov. 22:4).
I will live and not die, and will declare the work of the Lord.
Lord, show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11).
Lord, give me life and length of days (Ps. 21:4).
Lord, give me Your favor, for in
Your favor is life (Ps. 30:5).
For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light shall we see light (Ps. 36:9).
Let Your wisdom be a tree of life to me (Prov. 3:18).
Let Your words be life to my soul and grace to my neck (Prov. 3:22).
I will hold fast to instruction because it is my life (Prov. 4:13).
I have found wisdom, I have found life, and I obtain Your favor (Prov. 8:35).
Lord, You have redeemed my life from destruction. You crown me with loving-kindness and tender mercies (Ps. 103:4).
Let me enjoy the blessing of fruitfulness and multiplication (Gen. 1:22).
Let Your blessing come upon my family (Gen. 12:3).
I am blessed through Christ, the seed of Abraham (Gen. 22:18).
Let me be blessed greatly (Gen. 24:35).
Let those connected to me be blessed (Gen. 30:27).
Let me receive blessed advice (1 Sam. 25:33).
I walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, I stand not in the way of sinners, and I sit not in the seat of the scornful, but I delight in the law of the Lord, and I am blessed (Ps. 1).
Bless me, Lord, for I put my trust in You (Ps. 2:12).
Lord, I receive Your blessing for my transgression is forgiven and my sin is covered (Ps. 32:1).
Lord, bless me; I renounce and turn away from all guile, and iniquity is not imputed to me (Ps. 32:2).
Lord, bless me; You are my trust. I respect not the proud nor such as turn aside to lies (Ps. 40:4).
Lord, bless me; I consider the poor. Deliver me in the time of trouble, preserve me, and keep me alive. Bless me upon the earth, and deliver me not unto the will of my enemies (Ps. 41:1–2).
Lord, bless me for You have chosen me and caused me to approach unto You and dwell in Your courts, that I might be satisfied with the goodness of Your house (Ps. 65:4).
Lord, daily load me with benefits (Ps. 68:19).
Lord, bless me as I dwell in Your house and continue to praise You (Ps. 84:4).
Bless me, Lord; my strength is in You (Ps. 84:5).
Bless me, Lord, and let the light of Your countenance shine on me; I know the joyful sound (Ps. 89:15).
Let me be blessed by Your correction, and teach me out of Your Word (Ps. 94:12).
Bless me, Lord, and let me keep Your judgments and do righteousness at all times (Ps. 106:3).
Bless me, Lord, for I fear You and delight greatly in Your commandments (Ps. 112:1).
Bless me, Lord; I fear You and walk in Your ways (Ps. 128:1).
Bless me, Lord; I receive wisdom, watching daily at wisdom’s gates, waiting at the posts of wisdom’s doors (Prov. 8:34).
Lord, I have a bountiful (generous) eye; bless me (Prov. 22:9).
Bless me, Lord; I wait on You (Isa. 30:18). I sow beside all waters; bless me, Lord (Isa. 32:20).
Bless me, Lord; I will not labor in vain or bring forth for trouble (Isa. 65:23).
Bless me, Lord. I trust in You, and my hope is in You (Jer. 17:7).
Let all nations call me blessed, and let me be a delightful land (Mal. 3:12).
Anoint me for breakthrough (Isa. 61).
Let me experience breakthroughs in every area of my life.
Let me break through all limitations and obstacles.
I will expand my tent, lengthen my cords, and strengthen my stakes, because I will experience breakthrough (Isa. 54).
The Lord my breaker goes before me (Mic. 2:13).
Let me break through in my finances.
Let me break through in relationships.
Let me break through in my health with healing.
Let me break through in my ministry.
Let me break through in my city.
Let me break through in my emotions.
Let me break through in my praise.
Let me break through in my prayer life.
Let me break through in my worship,
Let me break through in my revelation.
Let me break through in my career.
Let me break through in my giving.
Let me experience bonanzas in my life.
Let me experience Your “suddenlies,” Lord.
Do a quick work in my life.
Let me experience great increase in a short period of time.
I believe in and confess BONANZAS for my life.
Let me find the vein of prosperity and experience bonanzas.