“And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 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.” 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
I have been reading “The Prayer of Jabez” written by Bruce Wilkinson; praying the prayer each day as I read a little more.
The book is about the prayer of a man named Jabez, who was listed in the midst of all those names in 1 Chronicles chapter 4; and tells how to use that prayer to live an extraordinary life for God.
It outlines each section of the prayer, and explains what each means and how to apply it in life:
Ask the Lord for blessings each day – and leave it up to Him on what type of blessing you receive.
Ask that your territory be enlarged – request that He give you more influence, more people, more area, more opportunities to reach others for Him. Ask for a miracle in what He wants you to do.
Ask that His hand be with you – because when He starts expanding your influence and your testimony, filling your life with His blessings and opportunities, it will seem overwhelming and you will need Him to step in and work on your behalf. Those are the tasks that we would fail at unless God steps in, creating in us a dependence on Him that is imperative.
Ask that you be kept from evil – ask that you be supernaturally protected from Satan’s attacks. This is not asking for strength to go through temptations and problems, but to be kept out of them.
With each chapter, the author also tells of true encounters in his life and the lives of others that have prayed this prayer every morning for years.
I have noticed since I have begun to pray this prayer, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose. I am filled with excitement and joy and thanksgiving at new opportunities that may be ahead.
I plan on following the advice in the back of the book and keeping track of the changes I see in my life as I apply myself to this prayer; and will post updates here periodically on what is happening.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to step out of their comfort zone and really live above and beyond the normal everyday existence.
For those interested, it is available at Amazon.com and Christian Book Distributors.
Footnote — the verse I used is from the King James version. The verses used in the book are from The Holy Bible New King James Version from Thomas Nelson Publishing and from Tyndale House’s The Living Bible.
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2011