The prayer is a simple one: “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.”
He lives in Atlanta with his wife , Darlene, and their three children. “I want to teach you how to pray a prayer that God always answers,” he writes in the book’s introduction.
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.
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
Jabez prayed that in receiving God’s blessings that he would not fall into the temptation that happens to many successful people, and that also evil people may not try to harm him. This also relates to the phrase in the Lord’s Prayer : “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” It is a similar request.
Look at how Jabez asked God to enlarge his territory . He wanted more influence, responsibility and opportunities to be used for God’s purposes.
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.
In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, we find a short prayer uttered by an obscure man: ” Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him ‘ Jabez ‘ saying , ‘Because I bore him with pain. ‘ Now, Jabez called on the God of Israel saying , ‘Oh, Lord, bless me indeed and expand my territory.
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.
With its blatant materialism, the prosperity gospel eventually became an embarrassment for evangelicals. But ”The Prayer of Jabez ” offers a new view of the prosperity gospel . It preaches that it is perfectly fine to ask God for personal success, as long as that success has a godly purpose.
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.
Yahweh, the god of the Israelites, whose name was revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the tetragrammaton.
Jacob then demanded a blessing, and the being declared in Genesis 32:28 that, from then on, Jacob would be called יִשְׂרָאֵל, Israel (Yisra`el, meaning “one that struggled with the divine angel” (Josephus), “one who has prevailed with God ” (Rashi), “a man seeing God ” (Whiston), “he will rule as God ” (Strong), or “a
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