Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 3, 2015

Jabez’ prayer points us to Jesus’ prayer.

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 4.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following two verses.

“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”  Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!”  And God granted him what he requested.”  1 Chronicles 4:9-10.

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Jabez’ prayer points us to Jesus’ prayer.

First, we get hope from Jabez’ prayer that God may grant us what we request too.

And, we get better hope from Jesus Who said:  “Ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-11.

Second, we get good focus from Jabez’ prayer:  “enlarge my border”.  In other words, Jabez was praying that God would increase his responsibilities so that he could do more for God.

And, we get better focus from Jesus’ prayer which focuses on God and His will and His work.

“‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10.

Jabez’ prayer ends with “me”.

Jesus’ prayer has a better ending with “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.”

Third, in summary, we get a model for prayer from Jabez’ prayer which I simplify in a nutshell as “Please guide, protect, and otherwise bless me.”

And, we get a better model for prayer from Jesus.

“”Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.’]  Matthew 6:9-13.

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