- The prayer of Jabez that JESUS would want us to Pray Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bore him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 1Chronicles 4:9-10 There has been much written and falsely taught about the Prayer of Jabez. I came to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior on the 1 August 2001 and started to pray the Jesus - Jabez prayer. Many Amazing things started to happen in my life because of my Salvation, my sonship and being filled with the Holy Spirit – Hallelujah! Abba is Able and Jesus is Faithful in all His Ways - Amen The Jabez Prayer that JESUS would want us to Pray:
1. Lord - Bless me indeed What this prayer request is NOT about –
To bless me into riches of gold, silver, big house with a porche, helicopter and my own will power to accomplish my own dreams, visions and schemes! To have the good life with no illness, tribulations, trials or temptations Your best Life Now on earth – false teachers galore! To build my career and calling to the glory of self and my own success To build a church according to my dreams and visions, and have a seeker sensitive service where sinners can be entertained and feel welcome to give their money to me Once heard of a “church” in EL that had a banner stating that they are “more than a church”. Clearly they don’t know that Jesus is the Head of the Church and that HE died for His Church! This “church” can only belong to a “bless-me” man, as Christ could not be the Head of such a false organization (a worldly business venture)
What the LORD intended this Prayer request to be all about –
The Blessing to pray for, is to receive the Good and Perfect Gift of the Spirit of Christ in our lives – read James 1:17 The Gift of Salvation is the Biggest Blessing ever to be received and takes us from being slaves of Satan into being Sons of the Heavenly Abba Father
Salvation gives me a New Identity, makes be a co-worker with Christ, Abba calls me a son and a saint, gives me an Inheritance in Heaven, to Rule cities and nations into Eternity and to judge Angels – WoW! The Gift of Grace is given unto me – Ephesiasns 3:7 ; Gift of a measure of Christ – Ephesians 4:7 True Salvation makes me a Trillionaire in Christ, Jesus my Lord and SaviorAmen At Salvation Christ GAVE each true born again Believer a measure of Himself BUT we must Open this Gift (blessing) and Use this Gift (blessing) unto His Honour and unto His Glory – Hallelujah! To afford us this Blessing, it cost our Heavenly Father the life of His only begotten Son, whom is The Way, the Truth and the Life – John 14:6 We receive this Awesome Gift (blessing) through Faith by Grace – Ephesians 2:8 BUT then subsequently we have to DIE to Me – Myself and I - Amen This blessing that I receive is for the Profit and Gain of other people, not mine! We might some times fall and fail the Gift but the GIFT never fails us - Amen This Blessing includes the Gift Ministries given unto men – Ephesians 4:11-15 which are to be Received, Opened and Used for the Perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry and the edifying of the members in the body of Christ – a Mystery! My hearts desire should thus be to RECEIVE, OPEN and USE the many Blessings that Abba Father has GIVEN to us in and through His Beloved Son – JESUS! As we allow the Lord to change us and mould us by His Spirit, God will develop us into Mature Ministering Members and Messengers of the Messiah in the Body of Christ – this is the GREATEST BLESSING we could ever receive – to be His hands and feet unto a broken and dying world, thirsty souls seeking true SALVATION!
2. Enlarge my coast or territory What this prayer request is NOT about –
For us to have our own personalized dreams and schemes fulfilled and then pursue working towards this enlarged area of personal influence in the business world, church or my community! The new age guru’s and false prophets ( their books are in “Christian” bookshops) are guiding people into pursuing our own dreams, visions and man made schemes, all received from “god”. These visions and dreams are supposedly there to enhance and improve life for others BUT in the process – Me , Myself and I – are glorified and exalted into being a “good and caring person” All the unsaved “pop stars” are doing the very same thing and are praised and exalted by the world BUT we must always remember that good people go to Hell and saved born again Believers go to Heaven!
What the LORD intended this Prayer request to be all about –
Mature Ministering Members and Messengers of the Messiah will be SENT by the Head of the Church to GO and minister to the saved sheep and the seeking goats My hearts desire as a truly saved believer, will be to be used by the Lord and to be His hands and feet, wherever He would want to send me I need to pray the Lord for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, to empower me as His Disciple and to be used in the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12: 5-12 This sending action by the Master would however ALWAYS first start at my own home and family, then in the Body of Christ, there after in the Marketplace where I work and then only into my community, country and world! Sadly many Christians get this wrong and end up in disaster, depression or divorce. The gifts and the measure of Christ that we received at salvation (our ministry) need to grow and mature in the True Body of Christ before the Lord can send us out and enlarge our territory of Ministry to the sheep and the goats. My measure and ministry starts developing through praying and sharing in the Body meetings – Acts 2:42. Praying for others, sending a Word sms, a Word of encouragement, visiting the sick or elderly, Word of Wisdom or of discernment, ministering the Gospel to my gardener, my son or my father, as the Holy Spirit leads The Lord will develop and build me to His Pattern and His Purpose – for His Glory - 1 Corinthians 1 At the Lords appointed time, the Messiah will take your members ( heart, mind, ears, eyes, mouth, feet and hands) and your measure (His ministry given to you) and multiply it into much Manna to feed the multitudes of people in the marketplace – Millions for the Messiah and twelve baskets will remain to feed you and your family The enlarged Coast and territory that the Lord will OPEN to you will always be for Jesus to extend His measure/ministry unto others, both sheep and goats, that THEY might be blessed by Jesus. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit operational through your sacrificed life of Obedience unto His Word, His Will and His Way – Hallelujah! Only those who DO/OBEY the Will of the Father will enter into HeavenMatthew 7:21 The Lord will only SEND me from His Body through the apostolic ministry, into an enlarged territory- I cannot send myself! Romans 10:15 - a Mystery to most people! The Lord would desire that we GROW into Mature Ministering Members and Messengers of the Messiah that He may SEND us into the World – Matthew 28:18-20
3. May thine hand be with me (they Holy Ghost fill me) What the LORD intended this Prayer request to be about –
The Lord Jesus has GIVEN us the Holy Spirit to be our God, Guide and Comforter on earth – It is on of the many Blessings (Gifts) that He has given to His Church! We need to daily pray for the Lord’s Protection, Provision and Power in our lives I need to pray the Lord for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, to empower me as His Disciple and to be used in the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12: 512 The Holy Spirit has been GIVEN to us as a Blessing and comes with nine Gifts The function of the Holy Spirit is many fold BUT we should discern when people do things which is contrary to the working of the Holy Spirit, as there are “other” spirits The Holy Spirit has been given as a Comforter to help us, guide us and keep us during times of pruning, trials, tribulations and temptations - Amen The HS has been given to Reveal and Expound the Word – Jesus to us as Christians and to place the WORD into our hearts, souls and spirit – Hallelujah! John16:13 The HS has been given to change us and mould us into the IMAGE of Christ – thus to die to me – myself and I – ouch, pruning is painful, thus the Comforter! The Holy Spirit has come to exalt honour, praise and glorify the Word – Christ! John16:14 Thus the Holy Spirit has NOT come to speak of Himself, or to reveal “new things” which is not in the WORD. He has NOT come to make us act like animals, laugh uncontrollably, gold dust and fillings, nor give us a seeker sensitive church with big bands - Amen The HS is given to reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment to come – John 16:8-11 The Holy Spirit is given to us to Empower us to be the messengers and ambassadors of Christ our Lord – Acts 1:8 ; 2:1-47 There is nine gifts of the Holy Spirit and we are to earnestly covet the best gifts for the appropriate time of ministry when we are to USE one of the nine gifts to set the captives free, heal the broken hearted, let the blind see and remove the yoke of sin When we pray this request of His hand being with us, then we can be assured that HE IS with us, in us, around us and ahead of us in all spheres of life - Amen The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalm 121:8
4. That thou wouldest keep me from evil What the LORD intended this Prayer request to be about –
We should pray the Word back to God and He will answer our petitions accordingly Psalm 121:5-7 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 2Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever – Hallelujah! We should be Praying, Fasting and trusting the Lord to keep us away from the wickedness of the flesh, the world and the enticements of Satan - Amen
5. That evil may not grieve me and I not grieve others What the LORD intended this Prayer request to be about –
Matthew 6:13 LORD lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil - Amen Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Luke 6:35-38 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good 2Corinthians 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
1Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men 2Thessalonians 3:3-5 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord directs your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
6. That I might be a blessing to others What the LORD intended this Prayer request to be about –
Our hearts desire – Psalm 37 – should be to be used of the Lord and thus daily pray for the Lord to use us in His service – to the sheep and the goats in the Marketplace As the Lord has raised us up to be M8 Christians (Mature Ministering Members and Messengers on Mission for the Master in the Marketplace and in the Messiahs body) He would want to send us into the World- Matthew 28:18-20 As an active member in the Body of Christ – Romans 12 – the Lord will now open divine doors for me to minister Christ – Revelation 3:7-8 The Head of the Church – Jesus, will now use you and me as a CONDUITS of His love, grace, mercy and JOY to the world- The Ministry of reconciliation to all souls – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 He has also given us the Holy Spirit to Empower us to be sons and saints of the Lord – and to be a blessing to others - Acts 1:8 ; 2:1-47 There is nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12) and we are to earnestly covet the best gifts for the appropriate time of ministry when we are to USE one of the nine gifts to set the captives free, heal the broken hearted, let the blind see, remove the yoke of sin and pronounce the year of Grace – Luke 4:18-19 1 Corinthians 12:5-12 - Verse 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal – These gifts are given to profit the body members and not for personal glory or recognition of a single man or woman 2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. The Bible teach against personal prophesies to individuals but the true gift of prophesy comes to exhort and edify the entire Body and all the members The ascended gift ministries of Christ and the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit are GIVEN to the Body of Christ, to be a BLESSING to the body members and also to seeking souls Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again
7. God granted him that which he requested.
Matthew 7:7-10 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? The Lord know the motives of our hearts and He resists the proud and wicked When we pray with sincere hearts for the Will of the Father to be done, then the Lord will grant such petitions for His glory and His Kingdom to come - Amen Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him The Lord always answerer prayer – He says Yes and grant the request; He says No or He says Wait till later - Amen
Our Prayer: Thank You Lord for Your WORD and Your PROMISES which cannot fail For every circumstance of our lives You have made PROVISION as Jehovah Jirreh In times of testing we have GRACE In times of sorrow You are our COMFORTER When we have failed there is MERCY and when we are unsure there is WISDOM When we face what is impossible, with You all things are Possible When we doubt, Your WORD gives us FAITH and above all, there is nothing in creation that can separate us from Your LOVE and You will never leave us nor forsake us! Our lives are hid in CHRIST with GOD and in You we live, move and have our being Thank you LORD for Your Amazing GRACE and MERCY towards us – AMEN 1Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying,(1) Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and(2) enlarge my coast, and that(3) thine hand might be with me, and that(4) thou wouldest keep me from evil,(5) that it may not grieve me (6)nor others! And God (7) granted him that which he requested. We serve a miracle working God – Jesus is our Lord and Savior - Amen