The Prayer of Jabez
The Prayer of Jabez… After addressing God as the God of Isreal, Jabez stated, “You would bless me”. Firstly, Jabez recognized God as the one God of his people and knew that blessings come from God alone. This is exactly what Jesus told us to pray in the Believer’s Prayer: “Our Father in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9).
When we pray, do it with a heart fully invested in the blessings from our Father-God. Pray like Jabez did with confidence. Jabez knew who God is and what God wants. Do we know God as Jabez knew?
Next, we remember in the Believer’s Prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Please keep in mind that God’s will is two folds: 1) to save the lost souls from eternal separation from Him and 2) to change/transform the believers into new creatures, to be like Jesus.
Are you surprised that Jabez said, “You would bless me” because it is a statement rather than a request, “Would you bless me?” I was… However, by granting exactly everything that Jabez asked, God showed us that we should not hesitate to approach our Father in heaven in an intimate manner - no apprehension, no protocol, and no hesitation when we pray for His will be done.
Will we focus our prayers on our Father-God with God’s blessings, God’s will, and approach God like a babe calling their daddy, “Aba Father”?