Thoughts on the Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:10 “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.”
The Prayer of Jabez was a pretty big selling book several years back. I remember hearing things about it both positive and critical. The critics called it the “health and wealth gospel”. Maybe it could be construed as that. Maybe not. Doesn’t our Lord desire to know what our hearts desires are? After all, Phil 4:6 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” It would seem that Jabez is simply being obedient to Phil 4:6.
The conclusion and ultimate principle here is that Yes God does desire to hear our hearts through prayer. For us it would be making our requests and desires known to God, and then letting God be the sovereign God that He is. God desires to hear from us as it draws us closer in relationship with him, however we must leave our requests at the feet of His throne, and not expect that our prayers of blessing, territory, and no pain be granted as it was granted for Jabez. It may be in God’s plan to bless you tremendously with territory and no trials and tribulations, or it may be in His plan that you experience a loss of wealth and go through trials that draws you ultimately closer to Him.

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