Saturday, April 27, 2013

Prayer Of Jabez

Prayer, the powerful conversation with GOD.  Pages of BIBLE shows many different pleas and prayers to the LORD by Prophets, Kings and JESUS himself. While looked keenly can notice how each praying style brings out the glory of the GOD in a profound way.

As much as BIG and Magnificent the GOD is, He is as simple as he can be to reach and understand HIM. Didn’t JESUS say in Mathew (18:3) unless you have a heart of Children you cannot inherit the kingdom of GOD. It is quite important to conserve that child like love, enthusiasm, trust and amusement in understanding and accepting the LORD.  With a pure and complete dedication heart like the Child's to it parents.

A child does not withdraw himself/herself from asking the Father anything. Here is one such prayer found in Bible - The Prayer of Jabez.

Jabez was rejected by his mother even at his birth. His mother named him “Sorrow” because she stated “I gave birth to him in pain”. She was probably in emotional or physical pain during her child birth. Children bring joy. But she calls him "Sorrow". That tells there was intense trial in her life then. Jabez probably grew up with a heavy heart of being no one. A Child looking for recognition for love, respect etc and who eventually found his place in the heart of the GOD. Now, Let us see his conversation with the LORD.

 Chronicles 4:10
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.

1.       Oh that You would bless me.
It is Pretty direct. Bless me. Give the blessings. Give it to me. I need them. I can’t live a moment without your blessings. I need you. You are integral part of my life.
2.       And Enlarge my Border
Get to the core. You bless me and bless me large. There he mentions indirectly GOD you are not a GOD of small town or a place. You are a GOD of universe. Everything belongs to you. You order them. Since everything is yours. I ask you for a Lion share.
3.       And that Your hand might be with me
Wonderful request. He is asking for GOD to be his leading hand, a comforting hand, a helping hand, a protecting hand. In father’s embrace we have peace and security. Jabez asks for it “Daddy come with me. I don’t want go alone. Come with me”.
4.       and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!”
GOD keep me from every harm the enemy can bring to me, my household, my people and my land. Drought, Poverty, Famine, Malady, Ailments, Debts, Magic, Sorcery, Jealousy, Deceit, Wickedness, trickery, any harm can be kept by your MIGHTY hand. So I will not be hurt and troubled. So I can live in peace and harmony

What was GOD’s answer to Jabez direct prayer?
And God granted him what he requested.

Exactly! GOD just showered everything he asked for. I am sure. He blessed him with double of everything he asked for.

We serve a GOOD GOD. When we ASK he gives. All we need to be is HIS child. Have a Child like heart and love for him.

A person named Sorrow had a blessed life thru his prayers. Jabez can be used as metaphor. If you are grief filled lives a life of misery and sorrow, your faithful prayer to the LORD is definite to be answered with a blessed, happy and peaceful life.
Let us Pray like Jabez and be all blessed. Let GOD’s glory reign in our life! Amen!

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