Presentation on theme: "1 Chronicles 4:9-10. The prayer of Jabez might be overlooked because it is located within a “dry mass of dead names” found in 1 Chronicles 1-9 Bruce Wilkinson."— Presentation transcript:
The prayer of Jabez might be overlooked because it is located within a “dry mass of dead names” found in 1 Chronicles 1-9 Bruce Wilkinson wrote The Prayer of Jabez in 2000 which started a religious marketing phenomenon (website, clothing, mugs, etc.) What can we learn from this brief biography … the four petitions of Jabez’ prayer?
Some difficulty surrounding his birth caused his mother to name him “Jabez” (he causes pain); yet, Jabez was “more honorable” (a man of weight) than his brethren People who come from past difficulties and hardships can live honorably in the sight of God Repent of the past (Lk. 15:17ff; 1 Cor. 6:9-11) Forget the past (Phil. 3:13-14) Be different from the past (Acts 17:11)
The honorable life was a life of prayer (Phil. 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:17-18) Jabez prayed for specific things; he prayed with boldness and confidence in God
The first petition: “bless me…” Jabez asked to be blessed by God We need to ask God to bless us physically (Phil. 4:19; Jas. 1:17) and spiritually (Acts 3:26; Eph. 1:3)
The second petition: “enlarge my border…” Jabez was not making a selfish, covetous request (Jas. 4:3), but a request for the promise of God’s land inheritance (Ex. 34:24; Deut. 12:20; 19:8; Isa. 26:15) We need to ask God to “enlarge” what he promises Christians: opportunities, talents, service, responsibilities, etc.
The third petition: “thy hand might be with me…” Jabez asked God for his providential hand of protection and guidance (Ezra 7:9) We need to ask God to providentially protect and guide us through life (Psa. 37:23-24; 119:173; Jn. 10:28; 1 Pet. 5:6-7)
The fourth petition: “keep me from evil…” Jabez asked God to be kept from the evil which leads to sorrow (Prov. 23:29; Gal. 6:9) We need to ask God to keep us from… Evil influences (Deut. 31:20; 32:15; Prov. 30:8-9) The evil one (Mt. 6:13; Jn. 17:15) Evil knowledge (Rom. 16:19) Evil works of men (2 Thess. 3:2; 2 Tim. 4:18; 2 Pet. 2:5-9)
God Answers Prayer “And God granted that which he requested” (1 Chron. 4:10) God stands ready to hear and answer the honorable follower (Mt. 7:7-11; Eph. 3:20; 1 Jn. 5:14-15) God gave Jabez blessing rather than sorrow