Many of you have probably heard of or read the book by Bruce Wilkinson called The Prayer of Jabez. A couple years ago I found it on our bookshelf and decided to read it. It was intriguing.
For those of you who have not read the book, it was based on 1 Chronicles 4, verses 9-10, “And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territories, and that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And YHWH granted him that which he requested.”
When I finished reading the book, it went back on the shelf. I didn’t give it much more thought because, for me personally, I felt like that prayer was for a man way back in history … in Bible times 🙂 … not something I should pray now. I also had a hard time asking for blessings on my life … and not just blessings, but “bless me INDEED”. I felt like I was not worthy of asking such blessings, it seemed so selfish. So, it surely couldn’t be for me! I think the Father thought differently though!
As I packed for our family’s trip to Israel, I looked over the bookshelf to see what books I wanted to take and read. For some reason I was impressed to take The Prayer of Jabez. This was an odd step for me because I’m not a big book reader, but I took it anyway. I started reading the book while traveling and then small bits of it while in Israel. Thoughts started running through my head and I questioned myself, “Why am I reading this? Is it applicable to me and should I be praying this prayer?”
One morning I went up to the family room where everyone was gathering for devotions. I was a bit surprised to see that an older man named Yohan was leading us in devotions that day … normally the father of the house did that. But I did not mind! We were soon enveloped in fellowshipping with our Savior. I was so amazed when Yohan began sharing Scriptures with us and he started talking about Jabez’s prayer! I couldn’t believe it!
I came to realize that our Heavenly Father desires to bless us and He longs to have a relationship with us. Yohan shared an example with us that actually had just happened in front of all of us. One of the sons of the family who took care of the house had to go somewhere. Before he left, he came to his father for an embrace. Yohan shared that this is how our Heavenly Father wants us to be … He wants us to come to Him and “demand” our blessings, just as the son had just “demanded” a good-bye embrace. Yohan explained that it was not selfish to ask for this blessing.
I realized, if we cannot forgive ourselves and if we hold on to the “fact” that “we are not worthy”, we are not accepting the sacrifice and atoning blood of Yeshua. I felt that what Yohan shared at devotions was a confirmation that I should start praying the Jabez prayer. And so I did. I wrote the prayer out on a postcard and prayed it once a day.
Wow … it has been an awesome experience! I have been so blessed. I feel closer to the Father and besides that, I have seen several doors opened to ministering to the needs of other ladies/girls. Plus, I have been blessed in my home business.
I really want to encourage you all; you do not have to pray the Jabez prayer … you can pray your own prayer … but never be shy or think yourself unworthy of the Father’s blessings. Seek for His blessings to be poured out upon you … but don’t let it be one-sided either. We owe Him more than we can pay … but that is okay, He knows it and He still desires to pour out blessings upon us! He is an awesome Abba (Father).
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3.