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Pray As Jabez Prayed – Bless Me Indeed

Pray As Jabez Prayed – Bless Me Indeed

The person, Jabez, appears only three time in the entire Bible and yet his one-time prayer has impacted many lives over the years. Incredible in the sense that we know little of his history, but the Lord God saw fit to share with us his heart’s desire.

It may be that some of us have been tagged or labeled like Jabez, that has caused us difficulty or pain. We may even have caused pan to someone else. In First Chronicles, Jabez is numbered in the tribes of Judah and is mentioned nowhere else in scripture. Our first mention of Jabez is that he is compared to his brothers as more honorable than them (ch 4, v 8).  Honor, left alone is a tribute to a person’s character and is to be commended and respected. But his honor here in verse 8, is only in comparison to his brothers. Since this fact is true, there cannot be much respect for him since immediately following his honorable comparison is his life long association with his mother’s experience at his birth. He was born to his mother in pain and perhaps caused her pain for years into his life. The extent of her pain we are not privy, but we know what pain is. It is a discomfort mainly to the body but not necessarily to the body only.  Pain could be emotional as well as physical.

In the first part of our passage, we look how God moved us from the discomfort of his childhood to where he is later in life – praying. He called on the God of Israel and asked the Lord specifically for four things. There is no indication that he was a selfish or self-centered but one who observed the teachings of his fathers and their respect for the Lord.  

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “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.” 1 Chronicles 4:9 (NKJV)

He requested of the God of Israel to bless him, bless him indeed. Whatever he was asking for he wanted an abundant portion of it. He wanted to be blessed real good. Our life’s circumstances can weigh heavily on us and sometimes we may not to be content with just a simply portion. We may need a double portion.

Let not we shall receive anything of the Lord when our requests and prayers are not mixed with faith (Jam. 1:6-8). Our faith is believing in the God of heaven, the eternal great IAM our God and we are to trust in Him. We are not asking anything to a god who is suspect. but the One who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or thinks (Eph. 3:20).

Jabez asked to be blessed indeed. Whatever the specifics of his request, it was covered by three simple elements of prayer:

1)       Jabez asked of the Lord – “You do not have because you do not ask God” James 4:2b. If have a need or concern, take it to the Lord in prayer.

2)      Jabez trusted the Lord – “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt” James 1:6a. God is moved and pleased when we trust Him (Heb. 11:6). Nothing else satisfies God’s heart any more than when we live out our faith.

3)      Jabez received from the Lord – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20). When we trust in the Lord and ask of Him, he is obligated by his word to give us those things which line up to his will. His will is that which honors and glorifies his holy name. That simply means, he will honor himself with answer to our prayers