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Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Perfect Prayer ?

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

There was a man named Jabez who was more distinguished than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. 10He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and extend my lands! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!" And God granted him his request.

I know that I an no more distinguished than any of my sisters (I have 3) but I know that this is a prayer that is close to my heart. Jabez was not a hero but he was a faithful follower and lived his life as God directed.

My prayer: God that you would bless me and watch over the lands on which I reside, Please be with me in all that I do, be with me as I come to you for answers to daily questions and guide me in the right direction. Allow me to hear You. Let me see You in myself and let others see You in me. Keep me out of trouble and I know that when I am in trouble, You will be there to catch me and forgive me. God, please take away the physical, mental and emotional pain that I carry. Father, bless my family and all who come to you. In Christ's name, Amen

The prayer of Jabez is a good one. Don't quite understand how it became such a marketable prayer but oh, well. It's a few little scriptures tucked into a big ole' bible. Don't take me wrong, the scripture is God's word and every verse is critical but Jabez was one man, just like I am one woman. His prayer is no more perfect than mine. The perfect prayer is the one prayed! There is no formula for our prayers. God just wants our conversations, no flowery or formulated words required, to be open and honest. It's not like we're going to surprise him or anything.
That's what I mean, It isn't really asking for anything besides allowing him to draw closer and keeping him safe. I wasn't to absolute perfection just a statement that it was a prayer that was prayed and answered. That's all really and that I thought it was good because it was a "little'man that prayed it. I sometimes feel so small (not in size mind you) but in the scheme of things.
I agree. The prayer of Jabez or at least the hipe that Wilkerson created just always seemed to bother me a little. It seems to be an effort to pray selfishly - to pray for God to bless me. Which is not wrong but our prayers and our life cannot just center around ourselves. My life is much better when I'm outward focused and praying for God to bless others. As He blesses others, I am blessed as well. There is a balance, I know, but everytime I hear "The Prayer of Jabez" I get a little knot in my soul. This is not everyone's opinion, I know, and that is okay, but I know for me, when I am inward focused and asking God to "bless me, bless me" (which I know was not the intent of your original blog, Colleen) I tend to live a more disappointed life and get caught up with myself. That's very rarely a good thing. Contraversial, maybe. The bible is the bible and Jabez was real, he prayed a real prayer but if I'm going to pick a prayer to pray from the bible, I choose the Lord's Prayer, it seems to encompass everything.

Please don't misunderstand the heart of this blog comment. I'm not intending to stir anything up. It is very difficult for the written word to express feelings. I guess I'm just always seeking balance and the prayer of Jabez to me seems unbalanced and inward focused and didn't warrant all the exposure and profit it received. This is just my opinion so take it for what that's worth.
I agree with you on the hipe aspect. I didn't care for all the "profiteering" done on this verse. I just like simple! The prayer (in the bible) is simple. I feel that we do become at time so concerned with others that we forget to ask for ourselves. I am constantly praying for others but I rarely pray for myself. Even in my condition, because I feel it is being selfish. I love the Lord's prayer and it too is one of my favorites but it was just the scripture I was reading when I posted the verse. I let God give me something to write and I do it. (well maybe He didn't tell me to write the "bug" one but He definitely encouraged me to put in the one about the shrimp recipe! lol
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