“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request” (1 Chronicles 4:10).
To pray like Jabez
is to submit our lives to God as a blank canvas. Amidst a string of genealogy in the Old Testament we find Jabez’s prayer. His name literally means, pain
! He prayed for God to deliver Him from his namesake. Oh, how we fight who we are sometimes. Materialistic gain is not the point and purpose of Jabez’s prayer, but rather an expansion of the heart. God promises us provision, not prosperity.
God created each person with a unique purpose and place amidst the people that surround our everyday lives. When we pray, it’s important to stay open to the type of territory God wills to expand and enlarge in our lives. First and foremost is the growth of godly knowledge and spiritual gifts in our hearts. He will lead us into our purpose as we obediently repent of our sins and pursue Jesus Christ. We were meant to honor Him in all we do and with all we have.