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1 Chronicles Chapter 4 (ESV)
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.
- People remember Jabez not for his courageous deeds but for the things he prayed for. He asked God to 1) bless him, 2) help in his work “enlarge my border,” 3) be with him in all he did, and 4) keep him from harm so that it might not bring him pain. He acknowledged that God is his life centre of gravity
- When we ask for God’s blessing, we should also let God control our career, family and entertainment. Only if we obey God in everything that we could lead a good and triumphant life! Are you willing to be like Jabez and seek for God’s will every day?
Learn from the prayer for Jabez and ask for God’s blessing, for His presence in all that you do, for not encountering harm and pain. Dedicate yourself to God that you are willing to obey Him, seek His will in all things, and lead a triumphant life every day.
“Count your Blessings” – www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fMjgS4vu4o