The Prayer Of Jabez (food for thought)

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The Prayer Of Jabez (food for thought)

Post by John » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:07 pm


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.
The four requests may strike you as sincere,sensible, even noble, but not terribly remarkable! But, just under the surface lies a giant paradigm breaker, that's exactly opposite to what we think!
When was the last time God worked through you in such a way that you knew beyond a doubt God had done it. Your want for God's plenty has been His Loving will for your life from eternity past.
Begin to let the loving currents of God's grace and power carry you along. God's great plan for you will surround you and sweep you forward into the profoundly, important and satisfying life, he has waiting for you.
Oh Lord, I beg you first and most this morning, please bless me. Is it possible that God wants you to become more selfish in your prayers, to ask for more and more gain from your Lord? Christians assume they will seem impolite or greedy if they ask God for too many blessings!
Jabez lived in southern Israel after the conquest of Canaan, during the time of Judges. He was born into the Tribe of Judah, and eventually became the Notable Head of the Clan.
Yet his story begins with his name. His mother called his name Jabez, saying because I bore in pain. In Hebrew the word Jabez means pain or it could read, he causes or will cause pain.
So he grew up with a name that any boy would love to hate. Yet, by far the heaviest burden of Jabez's name was how it defined his future. In Bible times, a man and his name were so intimately related that to cut off the name of an individual, amounted to the same thing as killing him. A name was often taken as a wish or a prophecy about a childs future. For example: Jacob means heel grabber; Solomon means peace--He became the first King of Israel to reign without going to war.
A name that meant pain didn't abode well with Jabez's future. He had grown up hearing about the God of Israel who had freed his forefathers from slavery, and rescued them from powerful enemies and established them in the land of plenty.
By the time Jabez was an adult, he believed and fervently
hoped in this God of miracles and new beginnings. So why not ask for one?
When we ask for God's blessings, we are not asking for more of what we could get for ourselves.
O'H that you would bless me indeed!
The urgency, the vulnerability of his plea. In Hebrew, adding indeed to his prayer was like adding five exclamation points, or writing the request in capital letters and underlining it!
Picture Jabez standing before a massive gate reaching up to the sky. Weighed down by the sorrow of his past and dreariness of his present, he sees before him only impossibilities. A future shut off. But raising his hand to heaven, he cries out Father Oh Father, Please Bless Me, Bless Me A Lot. With the last word the transformation begins. He hears a tremendous crack--then a groan, then a rumble as the gate swings away from him. In a wide arc there stretching to the horizon are fields of blessings and Jabez steps forward into another life.
Blessing is not about sneening. Before we can ask for God's Blessings with confidence, we need a clear understanding of what the word means. We hear Bless or Blessing from every pulpit. We ask God to bless the missionaries, the kids, the food we are about to eat. It is something someone says when you sneeze.
To bless in the biblical sense means to ask for or to impart supernatural favor. We are crying out for the wonderful, unlimited goodness that only God has the power to know about or to give to us. Proverbs 10:22 The Lords blessing is our greatest wealth.
Did you notice the radical aspect of Jabez's request for blessings. He left it entirely up to God to decide what the blessings would be and where and when and how Jabez would receive them.
This kind of radical trust in Gods good intentions towards us has nothing to do with the popular gospel that you should ask God for a cadilac or six figure income or some other material sign that you have found a way to cash in on your connection with him. Instead, Jabez's blessing focuses like a lazer on wanting for ourselves, nothing more or nothing less than what God wants for us.
When we seek God's blessing as the ultimate value in life, we are throwing ourselves entirely into the river of his will and power and purpose for us. All other needs become secondary to what we really want, becoming wholly immersed in what God is trying to do in us through us and around us, for his glory.
Sincerely seeking his blessings, your life will become marked by miracles. How do we know because he promises it. Matthew 7:7 Ask promised Jesus and it will be given to you. James 4:2 it says you do not have because you do not ask. If you don't ask for His blessings you forfeit those that come to you only when you ask.
Or are you one of those Christians that think that once you are saved, Gods blessings sort of drizzle over your life at a pre-determined rate, no matter what you do.
Exodus 33:18 When Moses said to God on Mount Sinai, Show me your glory, he was asking for a more intimate understanding of God.
Exodus 34:6 In response, God describes himself as the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering and abounding in goodness and truth.
The very nature of God is to have goodness in so much abundance that it overflows into our unworthy lives. Gods bounty is limited only by us not by his resources, power or willingness to give.
Jabez was blessed simply because he refused to let any obstacle person or opinion loom larger than Gods nature and Gods nature is to bless. A plea for more territory is where you ask God to enlarge your life so you can make a greater impact for him. Jabez wanted more influence, more responsibility and more opportunity, to make a mark for the God of Israel.
When Jabez cried out to God to enlarge my territory, he looked at his circumstance and concluded surely I was born for more than this.
Everything you've put under my care O Lord take it and enlarge it. So is it right to ask God for more business. Certainly. Lord, your home is the single and most powerful arena on earth to change a life for God, no matter what your vocation. The highest form of Jabezs prayer might sound like this, O God and King expand my opportunities and my impact in such a way that I could touch more lives for your glory. Let me do more for you.
Whatever out gifts, education or vocation our calling is to do Gods work on earth. If you want, you can call it living out your faith for others. You can call it ministry or you can call it every Christians day job. We simply gloss over that one little word though.Surely we say we want God to work through us. But what we really mean is by or in association with. Zechariah 4:6 Not by might nor by power but my spirit says the Lord of Hosts.
When you start asking in earnest, begging for more influence and responsibility with which to honor him. God will bring opportunities and people in your path. You can trust Him that he will never send someone to you whom you cannot help, by His leading and strength.
To pray for larger borders, is to ask for a miracle. It's that simple. A miracle is an intervention by God to make something happen that normally wouldn't happen, that and nothing less!
You've taken up an armload of Gods blessings marched into new territory and stumbled into overwhelming circumstances. When believers find themselves in this kind of unexpected quandary, they often feel afraid, mislead, abandon and a bit angry. That feeling you are running from is called dependence, it means you're walking with the Lord Jesus. Actually the second your not feeling dependent is the second you have backed from truly living by faith.
As Gods chosen Sons and Daughters, we are expected to attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed, unless God steps in. Because- it goes against common sense.It contradicts your previous life experience,. It seems to disregard your feelings, training and need for security. It sets you up to look like a fool and a loser. Yet it is Gods plan for his most armed honored servants dependence upon God. God makes heroes out of ordinary people, people like Jabez-- you and me.
How we're forced to cry out with Jabez third plea. O that your hand be with me. With that we release Gods power to accomplish his will and bring him glory, to all those seeming impossibilities. Notice that Jabez did not begin his prayer for Gods hand to be with him. If seeking Gods blessings is our ultimate act of worship and asking to do more for him is our utmost ambition. Asking for Gods hand upon us, is our stratgetic choice to sustain and continue the great things that God has begun in our lives. That's why you could call Gods hand upon us, the touch of greatness. You do not become great, you become dependent upon the strong hand of God, your surrendered need, turns into his unlimited opportunity and He becomes great through you. The hand of the Lord-- is a biblical term for power and presence in the lives of his people. New Testament description for Gods hand is a filling of the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus gave His Disciples the great commission--go therefore and make disciples of all nations, and lo I am with you. He was bestowing on them an impossible task into all the world to preach. A disaster in the making, after all He was commissioning such an unreliable coward such as Peter, who had already proved, that a girl by a campfire could get him to deny he ever heard of Jesus.
When was the lat time you petition God regularly and fervently, O'H Put your hands upon me, fill me with your Holy Spirit. God is watching and waiting for you to ask, He easily seeks those who are sincerely loyal to Him.
Jabez last request is a brilliant strategy for sustaining a blessed life. Blessedness is the greatest of all perils, because it tends to dull our keen sense of dependence on God and make us prone to presumption.
Most Christians seem to pray solely for the strength to endure temptations, for victory over the raging adversary Satan. But in the model prayer, Jesus gave His Followers nearly a quarter of its fifty words. Ask for deliverance and do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. When was the last time you asked God to keep you away from temptation. He longs to hear you plea for safe keeping from evil. Without temptation, we would not sin, most of us face too many temptations and therefore sin too often. Because we don't ask God to lead us away from temptation, we make a huge spiritual leap forward when we beg in to focus less on beating temptation and more on avoiding it.
With all the legions of heaven at His disposal even Jesus prayed for deliverance, even with all His divine insight. When he was tempted in the wilderness. Take wisdom. Because the nature of evil is to deceive us, with a little bit of the truth, not all of it, but just enough to trick us. Satan approached the human race as its peak of promise and performance and crushed us, with one friendly conversation. That's why like Jabez, we should pray for protection from deception and spared dangerous misjudgements.
Take our feelings. Do we really understand how far our dream is from Gods dream for us. Like Jabez, we should plead to be kept from the powerful pull of what feels right to us but is wrong. These are petitions that your Heavenly Father loves to hear. Do you think God has favorites. Certainly. God makes His love available to all and Jesus came to earth so that whosoever might call on His name be saved. Simply put, God favors those who ask. He hold back nothing from those who want and earnestly longs for what he wants. To say that you want to be more honorable, in Gods eyes is not arrogance or self centreness. More honorable is what God thinks. But you are living in the spirit while you strive to receive Gods highest rewards.
How would your day unfold if you believed that God wants your borders expanded at all times, with every person. Your Father knows your gifts, your hindrances and the condition you are in at every moment. He also knows something you cannot possibly know. Every single person that is in desperate need of receiving His touch through you. The only thing that can break the cycle of abundant living is sin. Sin breaks the flow of Gods power. Its only what you believe will happen and therefor do next that will bring about the life change.




Leave you with these words:

When you get to Heaven and hear God say, Let's look at your life. Let me show you what I wanted for you and tried repeatedly to accomplish through you but you wouldn't let me.
What a travesty!

By John



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Re: The Prayer Of Jabez (food for thought)

Post by B.J.Morbitzer » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:35 pm

John.,
I thank you for posting this the Prayer Of Jabez.
And yes I agree this is food for thought!!
I love this post my friend.
GLYASDI
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B.J.<>< ))(( )))(((

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