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 I Chronicles 4:10
Jabez was more honored than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." Although Jabezs very birth was a pain to his mother, this did not deter him from being a righteous person. We know he was righteous person because God granted his wishes. This message is for those who have been praying for a certain matter for a long time. God will grant your wishes if you would lead a righteous life. Jabezs prayer is considered to be a selfish prayer. Jabez prayed only for himself. Doesnt God answer if you pray for yourself. This prayer is an example that God does answer your prayers if you pray for yourself. Let us see what Jabez prayed about.
God, bless me
God loves to bless everyone of us. He said to Abraham, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as stars of the sky (Genesis 22:17,18). Why did God promise that? Because Abraham obeyed God. If you would obey the words of God, God has far greater blessings in store for you than what He promised Abraham.
Jacob struggled with the angel of God for blessings. The angel of God had to bless him for the sake of Jacobs persistence. We ask God to bless us and but are not persistent in prayer. Do we cry unto God day and night? Be steadfast in prayer, God would surely bless you.
Enlarge my territory
We all toil day and night to enlarge our boundary which includes wealth, happiness, career, name, fame and social life. In seeking one we lose the other. If you are motivated to pursue wealth, we lose happiness in private life. Many spouses end up in divorce because the husband or wife is not able to spend enough time with them. Jabez asked the Lord to enlarge his boundary so that when God does it he need not lose one thing for the other. God blesses us totally. The boundary of the Lord involves our total well being. He will not give wealth and take away health. If He blesses He will us the health also to enjoy it. That is the blessing of God.
Your hand be with me
Children expect the protection of their parents always. A husband/wife expects their partners to be with them always. Similarly, you may be leaning on certain persons or certain matters for your safety. How often we experience that what we think as the most unshakeable in the world, one day, leave us. we feel devastated and are unable to cope up with it. Instead of all this, jabez wanted the hand of the Lord to be with him always. Why because our is a God who created heaven and earth. He can follow us to the deepest of the ocean or even if we go up to heaven. He knew that if God be for Him no one can resist him.
Bible says that the hand of the Lord gives us unity in mind (II Chronicles 30:11,12). The hand of the Lord is gracious on His people (Nehemiah 2:18).
At the same time when Gods hand was against Noami, she lost her children and husband and everything that belonged to her (Ruth 1:13). Ask for the protection of Gods hand, no man will be able to stand against us.
Keep me away from harm
Evil is looming large at all the times. There is no guarantee that we would return home safely every day. Our possessions, our children and family are at stake all the time. Jabez gave the job of protection to God. Even if we are with our children for 24-hour a day we will not be able to prevent them from harm. When they go to school we cannot monitor all their friends and what habits they get themselves into. How much ever love we shower on husband will not prevent him from looking at other girls. We do not have as much strength to protect our possessions from natural calamity or burglaries. Only the Lord can protect us from all these. We have someone to depend on to protect us.
Let us also pray like Jabez did that God may bless us, enlarge our boundary, His hand be with us and protect us from all harm. If we walk righteously as Jabez did, the Lord is sure to grant us our wishes.
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