📖: 1Chronicles 4:1-10
Confession: Psalm 91
The prayer of Jabez to God, is very inspiring. It teaches us to deepend on God because He answers prayers (1 Chronicles 5:20). Jabez understood the importance of prayer and according to today’s scripture text, Jabez cried to God and God granted his request. Jabez was more honourable than his brothers, which means he was a man that feared God, was humble and upright. For Jabez to cry to God, he understood the importance of God’s blessings and was not ready to accept his situation, hence he made the choice and invited God into his life, and situation. First and foremost, we can see that there was problem in regards to his foundation, secondly, his name Jabez means sorrow “I gave birth to him in pain” (1 Chronicles 4:9).
The prayer of Jabez is a prayer that emphasizes on how a prayer point can be acceptable to God. According to the book of 1 Chronicles 4:10 says “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”. The prayer consists of a turnaround requests; a new beginning ; Jabez acknowledged God, needed God’s blessings, needed enlargement of his coast, fresh touch of God’s hand, God’s presence for direction, guidance, and protection in every aspects of his life and God answered and granted him his prayer request.
It is very important for us to address our foundation, know the meaning of our names, and place of birth in order for us to pray targeted prayers. The God of Jabez is still the same God, no matter the challenges or situations that we are facing, the same way He answered Jabez, He will also answer us. Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans”. In order for us to commit our plans to God, and make Him bestow His favour upon us, we must be in His presence, confess our sins and pray “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man (James 5:16). We then need to ask, seek, knock, present our request and we will receive (Matthew 7:7-8). Having a witg relationship with God is not negotiable and we must keep away from temptation (Matthew 6:13).
When we pray Jabez’s kind of prayer “Oh God enlarge my coast”, it means we are seeking for God’s blessings. The blessings and gifts that God will bestowe upon our lives are perfect gift, that will change our lives forever (James 1:17). Let us therefore surrender to God who is able and willing to enlarge our coast, increase and comfort us on every side (Psalms 71:21).
For those yet to surrender their lives to Jesus, this is not negotiable, do so now, tomorrow might be too late! DO IT NOW!
PRAY THIS; in the name of Jesus, I repent of my sins, come into my heart and I will make You my Lord and Saviour. Let us strive and stay connected and God will “Revive Thy Work, O God” Have a blessed weekend. Shalom!!!
🙏 O heavens over my prosperity open by fire, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 My prayers shall provoke angelic violence for my good, in Jesus’ name.
🙏 My Father enlarge my coast like that of Jabez to a dumbfounding degree, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 My pending miracles arise and manifest by fire, in name of Jesus.
🙏 Thank You Lord, for answered prayers.