Jabez is asking God to bless him greatly, exceedingly, or abundantly. He is leaving it up to God as the to the means of the blessings. This blessing is similar to “Thy Will be done” in the Lord’s Prayer .
In 1 Chronicles 4:9 the Bible points out that Jabez was named after the pain and sorrow that the past generation experienced. Notice, the bold move of Jabez , he asked God to not only enlarge his existing territory , but to bless him indeed – meaning to bless him above and beyond what he can conceive or imagine.
That Your hand would be with me. You strengthen me, help me, and uphold me with Your righteous right hand. I ask that Your hand would lead me, protect me, strengthen me, and be an all-sufficient hand for my life. I’m so thankful that You are with me. By Your great hand, would You guide me and lead me clearly.
But Jabez was sick and tired of pain, so he asked God to keep him from evil and harm. He asked that God would make him secure. If he did not experience harm or pain, he would not cause pain to others. Jabez was a more honourable man that all his brothers.
Prayer of Jabez : Why is it important? The Prayer of Jabez reveals that Jabez understands what many people do not — there is only one God and He should be the center of our work God wants to bless every life. But, we must first make the choice to invite God into our life and ask for His blessings.
Jabez had a name that meant pain, yet he became “more honourable than all his brothers.” He did not simply seek to change his name , as it were, instead, he took his supplication and cry to “The God of Israel” – the one who controls the destinies of people; one who can change the spell-casting power that may be inherent
What does it mean for God to enlarge your territory ? Enlarge means to increase, expand or add on. So when God adds to your territory it is going to be something new – unfamiliar land. It will be something you. haven’t seen before.
He is implied to be ancestor of the Kings of Judah, although not explicitly included in the lineage. Jabez’s birth is difficult; for this reason, his mother names him Jabez (Hebrew יַעְבֵּץ [ya’betz]), meaning “he makes sorrowful”. Jabez’s most important action is to conquer new territory with divine sanction.
The prayer of Jabez became very popular within sections of the fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian movement. Some followers were drawn to the prayer in cult-like devotion, using it in a repetitive manner as a mantra.
Indeed in this context means ‘truly’ ‘for real’ ‘really’ He truly is blessed .
From his learned viewpoint (and was there any other?), Jabez ‘ mother cursed his life at inception by naming her baby, “Pain.” It seems a cruel, insensitive, and selfish choice – a mother who deliberately crippled her son’s destiny with a name which had nothing to do with him, and everything to do with her.
Jewish and Christian tradition identified this author as the 5th century BC figure Ezra, who gives his name to the Book of Ezra; Ezra is also believed to be the author of both Chronicles and Ezra–Nehemiah.
Jacob decided to call the place Peniel (“God’s face”), saying, “I have seen God face to face” (Genesis 32:30). The “unloved” Leah bore seven of Jacob’s children—six sons , Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun, as well as a daughter, Dinah.