Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Jabez Prayer

The Jabez Prayer

Reading this morning in 1 Chronicles

Going through all of the Begets…..
Skimming for names I recognize…and so forth..

It is so interesting that right in the middle of all this,
One of our most popular prayers is versed.

The Jabez Prayer…. Two little verses.
Entire Books have been written about these two simple verses.

1 Chronicles 4: 9-10
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!”
So God granted him what he requested.

I love to pray the Jabez prayer…..and I love to Make It My Own.

“Oh Lord, that You would Bless me, not just a little bit, but indeed, a lot.
And Enlarge my Territory….Grow my Business, Bring Me More Clients.
And Enlarge my Territory for You…My Witness for You. Place people in my path that I May Witness of Your Salvation and Greatness.

And that Your Hand Will Be With Me. that You Will Build A Hedge of Protection Around Me.
I Pray Oh Lord, that You Walk Before Me, Opening Doors… That No Man Can Open…. And Lord, Walk Beside Me, Steady My Walk, Pick Me Up When I Fall, Guide Me to the Right or to the Left.
And Lord, that Walk Behind Me….Closing Doors that Need to Be Closed…Doors that I Don’t Know Need To Be Closed….or Maybe Don’t Have the Courage to Close.
And that You Will Keep Me From Evil. Evil not only Displeases You and Grieves Your Spirit, but it hurts me and in turn, I hurt others.
And Most of All, Evil…Sin…Separates Me From You.

In Christ Name I Pray.

Ever wonder why we pray In Christ Name?
Perhaps we can talk about that tomorrow.