(This story first appeared on my FB post on 3/19/20.)
So, I am reading along in my daily devotion and Whoa! I had a revelation! I have certainly seen reference to the prayer of Jabez. I even have a book somewhere, I think, but it never clicked until today. As I am pretty much stuck in this house, the media reports contain dire news, and the grocery store shelves are more bare than normal, this gives me great comfort, The Prayer of Jabez.
“There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!’ And God granted him his request” (Chronicles 4:9-10)!
Oh there it is stuck in the middle of “Other Descendants of Judah” with all its genealogy, this bold prayer by this man who caused his Mama great pain during his birth. Y’all this is it! We must pray bold prayers like never before! The verse says that God granted him his request. I think I have been afraid to pray bold prayers, but today I will pray BOLD prayers for myself, my family, and all of you. Why, if He never does another thing for me, He has already blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places according every spiritual blessing in Christ ( Ephesians 1:3).
My child, my friend, my love, our Heavenly Father gives us out of His abundance of love for us unshakeable peace, strength, wisdom, and protection! No matter what comes our way-be it blessing or a load of burdens filled with lessons, we can rest on God’s promises! Oh, how thankful I am that “my help comes from the Lord who never slumbers.” (Psalm 121:2)
By the way, the book, The Prayer of Jabez was written by Bruce Wilkinson, and I am going to find mine and read it. The inspiration for this writing came from Proverbs 31 First 5 App. It is a true blessing to me daily.