Devotional Sunday: The Prayer of Jabez
I am starting a series called Devotional Sunday where every Sunday I will tell you guys about one of my favorite devotionals. I’ll tell you some of the key points about it and how it can be useful to you.
I’m going to start the series off with a devotional that I read about a month ago, The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life. Even though it is one of the most recent devotionals I’ve read, it is, hands down, my favorite one so far! This book is truly transformative. After reading it, I have a new outlook on my spirituality and prayer life. In this book, author Bruce Wilkinson, discusses the prayer of Jabez, a man who was briefly mentioned in the bible, but who’s story is amazing. Wilkinson says that “Jabez doesn’t stand astride the Old Testament like a Moses or David or light up the book of Acts like those early Christians who turned the world upside down. But one thing is sure: The little difference in his life made all the difference (12).” Wilkinson encourages his readers to say the prayer of Jabez every day and by the end of the book you’ll understand why.
Jabez’ prayer goes:
“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!” (I Chronicles 4:9-10)
The Prayer of Jabez is a super short book of less than 100 pages and it’s definitely worth the read! There are seven chapters in the book. Each one focuses on and analyzes one line of the prayer.
Here are the key points of each chapter:
- “Instead of standing near the river’s edge, asking for a cup of water to get you through each day, you’ll do something unthinkable—you will take the little prayer with the giant prize and jump into the river (17)!”
- “Even though there is no limit to God’s goodness, if you didn’t ask Him for a blessing yesterday, you didn’t get all that you were supposed to have (27).”
- “Ask God to enlarge your life so you can make a greater impact for Him (30).”
- “As God’s chosen, blessed sons and daughters, we are expected to attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed…unless God steps in (47).”
- “In the same way that God wants you to ask for more blessing, more territory, and more power, He longs to hear you plead for safekeeping from evil (67).”
- “Simply put, God favors those who ask (76).”
- “You know beyond a doubt that you were redeemed for this: to ask Him for the God-sized best He has in mind for you, and to ask for it with all your heart (91).”
I recommend that every Christian read this book. Even if you are not heavily involved in church or you don’t consider yourself to be very spiritual or religious, I believe you can benefit from simply reading this book. It points out the importance of how we pray. If you are just beginning your spiritual journey, this is a great read because it will help you to pick up new ways to pray and ask God for blessings. If you have been on your spiritual journey for quite some time, it is still a great read because I guarantee that it will open your eyes to some concepts that you never considered before. This is why I honestly love The Prayer of Jabez; it opened my eyes to new concepts of prayer.
Ever since completing the book, I say the prayer of Jabez every morning when I wake up; I have undeniably grown in my spirituality because of this book and when I finished it I was yearning for more. Luckily, the author has a series that follows this book. The next one in line is Secrets of the Vine. So, if you’re like me and need to quench your spiritual thirst, check out all of the books in the series. I will be reviewing them in an upcoming Devotional Sunday.
I highly, highly recommend that you guys read The Prayer of Jabez! Have any of you read it before? Are you thinking about starting the book soon? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Have a rockin’ Sunday!