In the midst of a long list associated with who begat whom is a brief, two verse, story about a good honorable man and Ministry their prayer. It was a prayer that will God answered. This powerful Old Testament prayer can serve as a model for the own prayers.
Bruce Wilkinson’s guide, The Prayer of Jabez, grew to become a huge success. It became therefore successful that many people felt there must be something wrong with it. But this prayer from 1 Chronicles 4: 10 is a great prayer for just one simple reason: God answered this. And we need to take another understand this simple, but effective, little plea. ÂOh, that You would bless me indeed, ” 1 Chronicles 4:10b Many people feel that it’s wrong for us to ask God to bless us, but they miss the point. The point is: God wants to bless us. Psalm 67:1-2 says, “God be merciful to us and bless all of us, and cause His face in order to shine upon us, Selah. That Your way may be known on the planet, Your salvation among all countries. ” When God blesses us He reveals to the entire earth just who He is. And God’s salvation, His power, love, and mercy, are proclaimed when He blesses His people.”… and enlarge my place, ” 1 Chronicles 4:10c Jesus’ disciples got into an argument about who was going to be the greatest among them. Jesus knew that they were having this discussion so He confronted them about it. What’s interesting is that He did NOT say to them: “You shouldn’t want to be great. ” Instead He gave them specific instructions about HOW to be great. In Luke 22:24-27 Jesus tells the disciples that the Gentiles believe being great means ruling over people, but that is not how they are to understand greatness. He says, “he who is greatest among you, allow him to be as the younger, and he who else governs as he who serves. ” To be great, we must become greater servants. Our greatness is not determined by who we look down on or who works for us, but by the kinds of people we serve, the number of people we serve, and the way in which we serve them.”… that Your hand would be beside me, ” 1 Chronicles 4:10d Most people spend their lives trying to figure out how little they can get by with. They want to get more for doing less. Jabez knew that by asking God to help him serve more, he was asking God to help him do more than he could possibly accomplish on his own. He purposely asked God to put him in a position where he had to depend on God. As Michelangelo once said, “The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is lacking and we reach it. ” “… which You would keep me through evil, that I may not cause pain! Â 1 Chronicles 4: 10e Jesus taught His disciples to hope, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” in Luke 11: four. Sin and evil are all about us and we need to be aware of the dependence on God to live an existence that pleases Him in every region. But a second aspect of this plea becomes clear when we read the name “Jabez” means pain. It was the name that his mom gave him because of the pain he or she caused her during birth. Jabez had spent his entire life, each time he was introduced to somebody or whenever someone called call him by his name, being reminded that he had introduced pain into his mother’s lifestyle. We all have to pray regarding God to help us overcome the incorrect beliefs that we have about ourselves. Whether it was our parents, teachers, or even anyone else who said them, all of us have beliefs about ourselves that will simply aren’t true. They are just what others have projected on to us because of what they were going through or what they believed. God desires to bless us and help all of us become greater servants. In purchase to do that He wants us in order to depend on Him completely in every part of our lives. And He wants all of us to believe the truth about who we are. We are His children, He enjoys us, and He is with all of us every moment of our lives. He wants to do great things within our lives. At the end of of the simple prayer in 1 Chronicles 4: 10 we read, “So God granted him what he requested.” When we pray this plea that God answers, just like Jabez, our lives will never be the sam