Breaking Life’s Limits Through a Lifestyle of Prayer – Part I
(A Case Study of JABEZ) – I Chronicles 4:9, 10.
The story of Jabez is about what happens when ordinary Christians decide to reach for an extraordinary life-which, as it turns out, is exactly the kind God promises. Somebody once said there is really little difference between people-but that little difference makes a great deal of difference.
Jabez doesn’t stand astride the Old Testament like Moses or a David or light up the book of Acts like those early Christians who turned the world upside down. But one thing is sure: the little difference in his life made all the difference. You could think of him as the Prodigy of the Genealogy, or maybe the Bible’s Little Big Man. You’ll find him hiding in the least-read section of one of the least-read books of the Bible.
What was the secret to the enduring reputation of Jabez? You can search from front to back in your Bible and you won’t find any more information than we have in those two verses. Clearly, the outcome can be traced to his prayer. The four-point prayer request of this man may at first glance strike you as sincere, sensible, even noble, but not terribly remarkable. Yet just under the surface of each lies a giant paradigm breaker that runs exactly opposite to the way you and I usually think.
I believe as you sincerely make your outcry to God applying this earth breaking prayer principles of Jabez in this month, something extra-ordinary will definitely take place in your life.
JABEZ Prayer No. 1: “Oh, that You would bless me indeed!”
In Hebrew, the word Jabez means “Pain.” Only God knows for sure what caused the pain of his anguished mother. Jabez grew up with a name any boy would love to hate. 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.
Despite Jabez dismal prospect, he found a way out. What did he do? He asked for God’s blessing! When Jabez asked God for blessing indeed, what was he expecting?
- He was asking God to impart him with supernatural favour.
- He was crying out for a wonderful, unlimited goodness that only God has the power to know about or give to him.
- He left it entirely up to God to decide what the blessings would be and where, and when.
In conclusion, I want you to know that God’s nature is to bless. God’s bounty is limited only by you, not by His resources, power, or willingness to. Jabez was blessed simply because he refused to let any obstacle, person, or opinion loon larger than God’s nature.
So, why not ask that God will bless you indeed!!!!!