Among several other people in the scriptures who prayed for God’s intervention and secured it was the man Jabez. His name meant sorrow. His mother called him sorrow because she gave birth to him in anguish. Maybe perhaps she had complications during his birth, but whatever the reason or reasons may be she failed to consider the impact of such prayer on an innocent child whose mission was to bring glory to his lineage. The mother let her pain overrides her conscience and called his name sorrow, which went about with him.
The Prayer of Jabez
At the introduction of this man in the scripture, the bible said he was more honorable than all his brethren whose names never had anything to do with sorrow. Could this mean that he was a man of prosperity right from his early life or he became so after he had prayed to God? Honor is not a virtue that has anything to do with poverty, and if Jabez wasn’t poor at any time in his life, what then was the need for his prayer? But perhaps, maybe the scripture was trying to explain to us how he became honorable and not that he had already been. So that we could understand the efficacy of prayer and the power of God to change ones situation from any point to a desired end. The bible recaps his story this way, AndJabez was more honourabl than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, because I bare him with sorrow. 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. 1Chronicles 4:9-10.
The prayer of Jabez is an all-encompassing prayer. First he prayed for blessing instead of the curse his mother has placed upon him from his birth. Knowing that the blessings of the Lord makes rich, he also asked that God would enlarge his coast in other words, give him the capacity to bear the blessing that the do not become too much that he doesn’t have the ability to bear it and it tear him down. Then, he went on to pray that as God blesses him that his presence also abides with him, because if God be with/for a man nothing can stand against that individual. He went on to specifically pray against evils of the day, that the presence of God keeps and guide him from walking into known and unknown evils. Then he concluded his prayer by asking that the blessing with which the Lord shall bless him with shall not be a source of sorrow to him. And God granted him that which he requested.
Jabez’s prayer is not only all-encompassing, but also very specific. He wasn’t wasting words neither was he wasting time, he knew what he wanted before approaching the prayer altar, and when he got there he didn’t miss his chance. No wonder Jesus warns against vain repetitions in the place of prayer as it does no gurantee an answer.But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for there much speaking. Matthew 6:7.
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