by Jean Packer
Golden Valley Church has been impacted powerfully through Sharron’s heartfelt word from God about the Prayer of Jabez a few weeks ago. We have been holding this word up before The Lord ever since. We want it for ourselves. It is our prayer and our desire to Glorify Him in everything we are. God heard Jabez earnest prayer and gave him all he asked for both materially and spiritually. He wants to do the same for us too.1 Chronicles 4:9-10
“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.”
We don’t know very much about Jabez except that he was more honourable than his brother’s, and that he was called Jabez because his Mother bore him in sorrow. Yet, his prayer shows us a fascinating record of personal transformation as he broke through into the blessed life. In his prayer he made four requests to God, and as each of his four requests are pondered upon we see the truths that can change our lives completely. Personal change begins when we cry out to God with open hearts and hands. This is where miracles begin as we see new beginnings and breakthroughs open up before us. We think new thoughts and our direction will begin to shift. One of the most amazing teachings of the Bible is that God can lay His hand on us and provide all of the resources and power we need to do His will. He is personally involved in the lives of His children. He wants to use us fully, and He wants us to succeed.
The Lord gave Jabez all of the material blessings of territory, land and possessions that he asked for through his four requests. These came as a result of the promises that Abraham received for his descendants and Jabez heart to serve God totally.
Jabez made four requests:-
1/ That God would bless him.
Spiritual blessings produce real effects. They call for our lives to be centred on God as they bring more responsibilities…. Yet we can do nothing by ourselves, but we can do everything through Him who strengthens us (Phil 4:13)
2/ That he would enlarge his borders.
That God would enlarge our hearts, and so enlarge our portion in himself. We can ask Him to enlarge our wisdom, patience, humility, understanding and love. For good health and physical strength and to deepen our character to give us ability to help others, family, neighbours, church, city, nation and the nations…
3/ That God’s hand would be with him.
The ‘hand of the Lord’ is another way of describing the Presence of the Holy Spirit. We ask God for His Presence in our lives – to increase. to lead us, protect us, strengthen us, and to work all our works in us and for us.
4/ That He would keep him from evil.
Of sin, the evil of trouble, all the evil designs of his enemies, that they might not hurt, nor make him a Jabez indeed – a man of sorrow.Keep us and our loved ones from harm, anxieties, pain and fear…deliver us from evil.
We cry out for God to deliver us from alcohol, drugs, tobacco, overweight, loneliness, problems at home, abuse and struggles. He will do it as we submit our hearts to His will.