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Jabez – A prayer Of Victory Over Evil

“Jabez called out to the God of Israel: ‘If only You would bless me, extend my border, let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not cause any pain.’ And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:10 (HCSB)
The name “Jabez” literally means “he inflicts” or “he gives pain.” Pain is intrinsically evil in this world. But it is to be noticed as foreign in itself to the nature of God. All mankind suffers from evil. Suffering, calamity, adversity, disappointment, are the absolute lot of man. Jabez does not pray to be kept from “all” suffering, vicissitude, adversity, disappointment, though doubtless he prayed he be kept from as much of this as possible. It was a prayer for blessing; it was a prayer for strength; it was a prayer for safety and purity; it was a prayer for freedom from sorrow. Jabez acknowledged God as the Source, and God rewarded Jabez — “And God granted his request.”

The Difference

Redbird's Roost

I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day:
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered,
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me,
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning,
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.

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Put First Things First

In Christ the true believer finds an abundance of “spiritual blessings” [“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3)]. Apart from Christ, we cannot expect God to bless us. Jesus promised, “But seek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). Jesus was God manifested in the flesh [“Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:19], and Jesus is the righteousness of God [“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30)]. In Christ all things are ours [“. . .all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God” (1 Cor. 3:22-23)], but if we refuse to put first things first, we cannot expect God to keep His promise to us.

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