Monday, February 20, 2012

The Prayer of Jabez

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. 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. 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.
1. “bless me indeed”
2. “Enlarge my territory”
3. “Your hand would be with me
4. “keep me from evil,so that I may not cause pain!”
I had a guest this morning how shared with me the importance of the Prayer of Jabaz in her life. I was so facinated with the prayer and intent I felt I needed to share with you my guests.
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