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. (1 Chronicles 4:10)
Among his brothers was this more honourable child whom his mother bore in pain. His honour did not come from his past but rather from answered prayers. Nothing great was written about his past but something that could not be missed about Jabez was his desire for a change which was intimated in his prayers. The circumstance of his birth was not a deterrent to the future he craved for. One day, he cried to the God of heaven for a blessing and that changed his story forever. The answer to prayer he enjoyed would not have been possible if he had kept quiet and not contested for the blessing of the LORD. Jabez was clear about what he wanted from God:
- The blessing of the LORD
- An enlargement of his territory; an increase of his capacity to expand as far as the LORD would take him
- The mighty hand of God that ensures that he never walked alone
- The safety of the LORD from every form of evil. He recognised that the blessing might attract evil so he even prayed against such
- A life that is a delight; free from the pain of his past
“So God granted him what he requested”, every one of his prayers were answered. This man was a man of prayer; every prayer point was significant and instructive. God loves bold prayers like the prayer of Jabez. No matter what your past is, you can create a honourable future through prayers.
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!