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Prayer of Jabez

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. 1Chronicles 4:10

The prayer above is called the 'Prayer of Jabez.' Regarding this man Jabez, this is all we know of him. Nowhere else is Jabez mentioned in the Bible, yet his prayer has become so well known. You can notice how short this prayer was, but there was assurance and full dependence upon the Lord. At first glance, it seems like he was asking God for just wealth, but as you look more carefully into it, you can notice that he was asking for God to be with Him. To Jabez, being with God was more important than anything. Jabez also asks for evil to be away from him. He knew how dangerous and tempting evil can be. Also the nature of evil is completely against the nature of God!

God wants to be with us, yet there are so many things out there that hinder us from being with Him. We should pray the prayer of Jabez, and like the way God had granted Jabez his request, may God be able to listen to us as well.


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