I Chronicles 4:9-10
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
In Chronicles, we see an in-depth historical record of Adam to Abraham. It seems to go on for quite a while. The name of the book “Chronicle” means that it is a record. But in chapter 4 it all stops. 44 names into the chapter the record of lineage was stopped. History stopped in its tracks for Jabez.
Why was the lineage of Adam to Abraham stopped to show us this one man?
Jabez means sorrow and pain. His mother named him this because she bore him in pain. In Bible times a man’s name basically described him throughout his life. Having this name was not a good way to start out in life. And the first thing Jabez asks for was for God to bless him. In Biblical times, to be blessed was to be given favor. A father would call on his children before he died and he would bless them each. It wasn’t just touching them and saying “bless you”, no it was long and drawn out. “May you be blessed with many children, may everything you touch prospers, may your wife and family love and honor you all the days of your life, may God grant all your righteous requests.” Ask God to bless you, it is in his nature to bless and don’t put a limit on God. Ask for your blessings. Have you asked today? Don’t miss your blessings for today. Can you imagine if you got to Heaven and Jesus showed you a room with boxes and explained that every time you asked for a blessing this was the evidence of those blessings? But what if he showed you a warehouse of boxes that you couldn’t count in a lifetime and told you that those were the blessings that had been waiting to be given to you if you had simply asked. I don’t want to be that person. I want to receive every blessing God has to give me.
Jabez asked that God would increase his territory. Jabez knew he was born for more and did something about it, he asked God to use him. What does it mean to have your territory increased? I believe it means for God to use you. There is so much opportunity for you to reach others, this can be in the lives of others, in your own life, in your business, your church everywhere and everything you have your hands in.
Jabez also asked for God’s hand to be with him. He didn’t want to do anything more in his life unless God were with him. He also asked God to keep him from harm and pain. Another awesome side to this story is the fact that not only did God hear Jabez, but God granted his request. History stopped, to give us a glimpse of the prayer of Jabez and that God answered him. Can you imagine? This is what I have learned from the prayer of Jabez.
- It doesn’t matter what my name is, or what others think my destiny is, God can change it.
- I should ask for my blessings and territory increase every day because God hears me and wants to bless me, and most of all he wants to use me for his good. He created me for a reason, he created me for more.
- My prayer is that God is always with me. I don’t want to attempt to do anything on my own without God. If I try to go off on my own, then is that really God’s plan for me, or is it just my plan for myself?
Dear God, I am so thankful for your word and being able to learn from it. Thank you for showing Jabez in your word. Thank you for your blessings, and I pray that you will give me all my blessings for today and increase my territory in the way you see fit. If I am supposed to meet someone today or my projects are supposed to increase, whatever it is God I praise your name for it. Lead me and I will follow because I know you work for the good of those who love you. Please be with me in everything I do. Lead me, Lord, where you want me to go and show me what you want me to do. In Jesus name, I pray. ~Amen
The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce Wilkinson was a tremendous influence on today’s Bible Time.
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