And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh
that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine
hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it
may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
prayed from his heart, Nothing fancy, nothing full of words that a
scholar would use, but words from his heart. He prayed with all
that was within him. Just like the woman with the issue of blood,
she reached out and touched God with all she had....HER HEART AND
God does answer prayers!
How outstanding that he called upon God and that God granted his
God heard Jabez and we all have the same right to believe that He will
also hear our
prayers as well, when we pray from our heart, for God is no respecter of
persons (Ron. 2:11)
of Jabez: What is it?
The prayer is composed of four parts.
First, Jabez asks God to bless
Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his
Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay
Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be
free from pain.
of Jabez: Why is it important?
The Prayer of Jabez reveals that Jabez understands what many people do
not -- there is only one God and He should be the center of our work God
wants to bless every life. But, we must first make the choice to invite
God into our life and ask for His blessings. Jabez wants to succeed and
increase his sphere of influence for God. The specific sphere of
influence is not important. What is important is that when we want to
reach for goals and accomplishments that we have God on our side.
Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy
thoughts shall be established." It is critical to understand and
practice this in a close relationship with God. Further, it is equally
important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and
guidance throughout life. Jabez clearly knows and prays specifically to
the One who can protect him from evil and pain -- God. At the end of the
verse it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting
it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to
God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear
that we need Him through passionate prayer.
of Jabez: What does it mean to you?
The Prayer of Jabez reminds us that everybody struggles with choosing to
rely on himself or God. Whether you are a focused Christian or just
searching to find out more about God, life is a growing process.
However, it is very clear in reviewing the Prayer of Jabez, as well as
the rest of the Bible, that God is faithful in caring for those who seek
Him. Jabez sets a great example of how God wants everyone to come to Him
through constant and passionate prayer. If you are looking to start a
relationship with God or improve your existing relationship with Him,
start with prayer. God answers prayers when you trust Him (1 Chronicles
5:20). Prayers to God also please Him (Proverbs 15:8). We can all learn
from Jabez and faithfully pray to God always in everything that we do.
Prayer of Jabez: The Book by Bruce Wilkinson
The Prayer of Jabez is covered in phenomenal detail by Bruce Wilkinson
in his book of the same name. We highly encourage you to read this
fantastic and inspiring resource, that challenges each of us to:
"Attempt something large enough that failure
is guaranteed…unless God steps in!"
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