Inside The Prayer Of Jabez.
Oh God Of Jabez
Jabez In ,Jabez Out
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 And Jabez was more honourable 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.
If it is the truth you know that will set you free. John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. “ A careful study of the word of God has shown that though many Christians beat their chests, boasting of their rebirth[ Born Again] Status, they fail to know the truth that set Jabez free ,they are all just like Mr Jabez who though honourable than his equally honourable brethren, needed to know the truth about himself anf do something to become honourable indeed. Jabez did not rest on the fact that he was more honourable than the honourables in his father’s house, he prayed and prayed through and God of Mercy had no other alternative than to stretch forth His right hand of righteousness to blessed him by removing the stumbling blocks and known and unknown circumstances which challenged his honorable status.
With the eye of a prayer warrior I take a step into the widely prayed “prayer of Jabez” the prayer Jabez left behind for this generation and. Inside the prayer of Jabez ? Yes, there are a lot of lessons to pick up.
Jabez In Jabez Out.
First it is pertinent to note that Jabez Did Not Change his Name. He was Jabez in and Jabez out .Even though the meaning of the name gave him nightmares because “ his mother called his name Jabez, saying, because I bare him with sorrow” , even though the name , the meaning and Jabez’s struggles for survival all nodded in the affirmative, Jabez left the name intact, but delivered it through prayers and the timely intervention for God.
This goes to say that, you can equally pray and deliver your names from the ungodly meaning and from the hand of Satan the task master. What your name is brandishing as it’s meaning might be one of the reasons why you are going through the nightmares. You can pray and deliver it or you kick it out of your life by changing it.
Honorable But Sad
“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren” The man Jabez was confirmed to be more honorable than his brethren yet he was not happy with that honorable status because of the pangs of sorrow and ill luck which dragged himn along life’s troubled paths.
A lot of people look so honourable outward, but down and cast out inside. These few years of global economic downturn have left many people turn inside even though they might be walking shoulder-high with polished shoes. Jabez refused to wear the clothes of the honorable , while on the other hand he was living in the bondage of the curse the mother innocently left behind.
Though he was honorably recognized here and there, Jabez refused to lie to himself that he was honorable, he rather called on the God of Israel to honor him, this God quickly did to His glory.
Bless Me Indeed.
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed,”Though he was seemingly honorable,Jabez knew he needed God’s blessings like me. Therefore while praying to God for a visitation, he did not hide the this very important issue.[Blessing]. He needed God’s blessings because though he was honorably sought, he was tired of the side- comments of the people around him. He was tired of getting close to the favor and breakthrough he never got. Tired of getting close to success that never was. Jabez was tired of looking and sounding honorable when he was not.
As Big As My Dreams
Enlarge My Coast
Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that; the curse and issues around Jabez restricted him badly. He was honorable and needed to live honorably, but could not, because the curse on him restricted him from marching out and shinning .He needed to reach cerain goals and conquer life’s funny games. By so doing Jabez needed an open heaven, open opportunities that eliminates limitations and take him out of the hprrible pit to.
Jabez wanted God tp expznd his contacts to make him more functional, open all closed doors of progress closed against him by the enemy of his progress and eliminate without hast whatever that was keeping him at a spot-
That Thine Hand Might Be With Me.
Jabez also wanted the hand of God almight to be with him, he was not praying amiss, he prayed a right , he prayed God’s will-
1Samuel 17:37 ..David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. The hand of the Lord was on David.
Ezra 7:9 For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.
Joshua 4:24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.
Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
Exodus 32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
Deuteronomy 9:26 I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
Jabez knew the importance of God’s hand and leadership role which He[GOD] gave the Isrealites, thus he insisted that if the deliverance must be permanent, the hand of God must be with him.
Keep Me From Evil
And that thou wouldest keep me from evil, evil of any caliber,. Jabez abhorred, he asked God in that prayer line he followed that, while blessing him and when He had blessed him, he should also chase out the evil men and women who may hang around to spoil his show
Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalm 119:101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
Proverbs 6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.d
John17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
2Thimoty 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
That It May Not Grieve Me ,that it may not grieve him, evil brings grief,sometimes wealth bring grief and often times wealthy people attract to themselves hatred and envy grief. Thses Jabez detested when he prayed and told God to keep him from evil that it may not grieve him and even when he is blessed, let it be the blessings from the Lord which adds no single sorrow to it. Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
And God granted him that which he requested.My God will grant you your request as He granted Jabez in the mighty nameof Jesus.