“Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.”
1 Chronicles 4:10
This is an exciting verse that we have in front of us today. This verse is a prayer that was desperately prayed and God answered it. Do you realize that as a child of God your prayers are heard and answered? God does not hear the prayers of those who do not belong to Him.
Jabez is only mentioned in verses 9 and 10 and this is all that we know about him. So let’s learn a few things from him.
First, we learn that no matter what is bothering us we can go to God for help. His name indicates that he either suffered pain or caused pain. Regardless, he needed help and turned to God. His prayer changed everything as God granted his request.
Second, we learn that our negative circumstances should never define our life. Our hardships and trials shape us for what we can become. We become better people when we overcome trials. It increases our faith.
Third, we learn that we all are unique and have a special purpose in this life. We were created in the image of Almighty God and we should give Him glory for our unique attributes. God gives each of us special gifts and talents to honor Him with and to bless others.
Pray the “prayer of Jabez” and see how it changes your mindset and your outlook.