1 Chronicles 4:
10 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.
Okay, let’s read this carefully! Especially take note of the last sentence about the Lord giving Jabez what he requested.
Just think off hand what you want at this moment. Consider the situations or the things you have gone to the Lord about just in the past week.
Before you go to the Lord making requests, do you first consider what an answer might mean? You may want another job, but that means that you must leave or lose the one you currently have (benefits, salary and other incidentals you may not have considered). Let’s say you want a larger home, more space to clean, possibly greater taxes and dare I say, if you did not specify WHERE you wanted that new home to be, there is no telling where you could be.
“Well, God knows what I mean”, no argument there; however, when we ask for something, anything, isn’t the answer up to the GIVER? We are at His mercy, but friend, there is no greater place to be!
Increasing your territory could plant you anywhere in this great big world of ours! You could end up in a dream location (for me, it would be on the beach) or in a dingy prison cell because you proclaimed allegiance to Christ.
A prayer for blessing can also come in any form and at a cost we never considered. A contractor may need help financially, but on the other end of that, another family may have to scramble to find money to fix something that breaks. What is so amazing about all of these things that would drive a human to the brink madness without resolve, GOD IS IN CONTROL. There is not one single situation He cannot handle. Does it mean He cares more about the contractor than the other family, we all know the answer to that is “no”. He is there to work all things out that He may be glorified!
Lastly, we see that Jabez prayed for protection from evil, also, there is potential for that to make a momentous change in our lives. Just look at the martyrs today. Yes, they have faced death. but those who died for the sake of Jesus Christ. no longer endure wickedness.
Before we go running to the Father with our list of wants and needs, let’s carefully look at what they are. The most glorifying way we could pray is asking the Lord to have HIs way with us and for His will to be done. I know that can be intimidating, as we have no idea where that could take us either, but life will be so much richer out of our comfort zone with Christ than following our own agenda elsewhere!
Lord our God
Thank You again for a wonderful day
We appreciate the breath You have given to offer praises back to You
Hallelujah, What a Savior!
Father, we ask that You give us wisdom as to what to ask of You
You know our hearts
You provide for us, O God
Sometimes as children of The King
We take on attitudes of entitlement
Forgive us, please for that
We deserve nothing and yet You continually bless us with so much
From life-saving salvation
To the chocolate chips in a cookie
O Lord, You are the giver of all perfect gifts
And we give You glory for that right now
May we never forget that it is You
Father God, have Your will in our lives
We know, Lord, that we can trust to pray this
Because Your Word reassures us that we can trust in You because You love us and
Mean good, not harm, for Your children
We want Your Name to be praised
Be glorified in our lives, O God
In what we say and do
Should we gain any praise
Father, we return it to our Savior
For He ALONE is worthy to be praised
Without the Lord, we can do nothing, but in and through Christ, we can do all things
To GOD BE THE GLORY!
In the Name of Jesus, Name above all names,
“To God Be The Glory” (I can just hear Mom singing this to Jesus and Him smiling at her in delight)
“Prayer of Jabez”
“Doxology-Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
CREDITS: GOD THE FATHER, JESUS THE SON, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURES
Ability and opportunity to share the Word of God TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Verses and chapters from the Word, life experiences and stories from family, friends and my own
Encouragement from the Lord, family and friends
google, youtube, biblegateway, kingjamesbibleonlline