9 – 14 – 2014        1 Chronicles 4:9-10   Prayer of Jabez

Enlarge my border/Coast:  Properly – a twisted cord: by implication: a boundary

We know very little about this guy called Jabez

    1. Jabez was a good guy
      1. At least more honorable than his brothers
    2. Evidently his mom had a hard delivery
      1. Much pain
    3. Jabez called upon God
      1. Jabez prayed
      2. Jabez had faith
    4. Jabez asked for a blessing
    5. Jabez asked for more area – more land
      1. Extended boundaries
      2. Jabez wanted to reach beyond what he was able to reach now
    6. Jabez wanted God’s hand with Him
      1. Guidance
      2. Protection
      3. No Pain from God
    7. God said Yes!
    8. Jabez wanted God’s Best (outline from Jack Peters)
      1. Jabez wanted God’s Blessing – Oh that you would bless me
      2. Jabez wanted God’s Influence – and enlarge my border
      3. Jabez wanted God’s power – and that your hand might be with me
      4. Jabez wanted God’s Protection – and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!”
    9. God gave Jabez His Best
      1. Because of Jabez’ Faith
    10. We often forget that GRACE comes before gifts
    11. We often forget that FAITH comes before FREE STUFF
    12. We often forget that OBEDIENCE comes with LOVE
      1. “If you love me, obey my commands”
    13. The prayer of repentance and receiving Salvation MUST precede a prayer like the prayer of Jabez
      1. Without faith, these are just words mumbled and wasted

I fear that we, as people, usually get too “hung up” on the blessings Jabez received and NOT the heart that requested them OR THE GRACE that provided them.

We lose sight of HUMILITY and LOVE in this prayer.

We get so excited (GREEDY) about getting what we want that we forget the GIFT OF GOD and the LORD who PROVIDES!

Three things to look at as we petition God

Are you living an HONORABLE life?

    1. A life lived right by God’s Standards – NOT MAN’s
      1. Righteousness
      2. Holiness
  • Obedience
  1. FAITH
  1. Is your life making a difference
    1. For God
    2. Does your life carry Spiritual “weight”
  2. Do you know God as God
    1. The RIGHT God – the ONE God
    2. The God of Israel
      1. The GREAT “I AM”
      2. Creator
  • Sustainer
  1. Savior
  1. Your God
  2. Lord and King
  3. Are YOUR desires truly HIS desires
    1. Are you concerned about HIS WILL being done
  4. Are you asking Him
    1. Fervently
    2. Humbly
    3. expectantly

James 5:16-18 “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”  ESV