Reading Plan: 1 Chron. 3-5
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NASB)
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”
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.
Pay close attention to Jabez’s prayer. It can easily be overlooked in the midst of the genealogies. His prayer was life changing.
Jabez was born in pain and his name had the potential to mark his life in a negative way. However, Jabez drew closer to God. His prayer life was so remarkable that God wants us to know about it.
Jabez called out to God and God answered. We need to do the same. Let us pray like Jabez…
1) Ask God to bless you. Contemplate and ask God to bless you in specific ways. What would it be like if God truly blessed you? If you are unsure then ask God to show you what the blessed life would be like for you. Pray for His blessing and believe that He will grant it.
2) Enlarge your borders. In Jabez’s case, he knew the blessing of God would be for his lands to increase. In your own life, what would enlarged borders look like? As you pray to God, envision what it would look like for this to occur. God loved that Jabez made his request known to Him. God desires that we do the same.
3) Your hand might be with me. This is a reference to the fact that Jabez always wanted to be in God’s presence and have His protection and provision. The hand of God is the hand of power. It also means that God would hand him things. What do you want God to protect you from and provide for you?
4) Keep me from pain. In God’s plan, many go through times of pain. Job did and so did David. Jesus suffered more than anyone ever will. Yet God answered Jabez’s prayer. While God may allow suffering in order in order to work in us & through us, you can still pray for God to protect you form pain. James 4:2 says we have not because we ask not. Thus, we need to ask. Jabez had pain in his early life and God brought him to a place where it all ended. May He do the same for you.
Ultimately, we ALL need to pray. Pray, “not my will but Your will be done.”