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."
1 Chronicles 4:10


The most remarkable person in this chapter is Jabez.
We are not told upon what account Jabez was more
honourable than his brethren; but we find that
he was a praying man. The way to be truly great,
is to seek to do God's will, and to pray earnestly.
Here is the prayer he made. Jabez prayed to the
living and true God, who alone can hear and answer
prayer; and, in prayer he regarded him as a God in
covenant with his people. He does not express his
promise, but leaves it to be understood; he was
afraid to promise in his own strength, and resolved
to devote himself entirely to God. Lord, if thou wilt
bless me and keep me, do what thou wilt with me;
I will be at thy command and disposal for ever.
As the text reads it, this was the language of
a most ardent and affectionate desire,
Oh that thou wouldest bless me!

Four things Jabez prayed for.

1. That God would bless him indeed. Spiritual blessings are the best blessings: God's blessings are real things, and produce real effects.

2. That He would enlarge his coast. That God would enlarge our hearts, and so enlarge our portion in himself, and in the heavenly Canaan, ought to be our desire and prayer.

3. That God's hand might be with him. God's hand with us, to lead us, protect us, strengthen us, and to work all our works in us and for us, is a hand all-sufficient for us.

4. That he would keep him from evil, the 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. God granted that which he requested. God is ever ready to hear prayer: his ear is not now heavy.

Bruce Wilkinson, author of 'The Prayer of Jabez'
and how living in Africa has changed him

Recommendations for the book,
The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

Several months ago, a minister friend suggested I read a little book
by Bruce Wilkinson called The Prayer of Jabez about an virtually
unknown Bible character named Jabez hidden in
First Chronicles 4:9-10. Its one of the best books Ive ever read, he declared. Pastor Larry Davies -
Sowing Seeds of Faith in his newsletter.

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