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The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life Hardcover – 2000
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Even well-versed Biblical scholars might be perplexed if asked about Jabez, a little-known man listed in 1 Chronicles, chapter 4. Yet his simple petition is the cornerstone of The Prayer of Jabez and has become a call to live a more "blessed life" for countless readers.
The prayer is a simple one: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, '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.' So God granted him what he requested."
In an era where many Christians shy away from anything that smacks of "name it and claim it," author Bruce Wilkinson alleviates misgivings by putting the prayer into perspective. Wilkinson, founder and president of Walk thru the Bible Ministries and a popular speaker for Promise Keepers, writes in a persuasive, conversational style that will woo even the most cynical reader. He has used the Jabez prayer for more than 30 years, and testifies enthusiastically to the changes it has wrought in his own life. Wilkinson challenges readers to recite the Jabez prayer every morning and keep a record of the changes that occur. The power, he emphasizes, is not in the prayer itself, but "rather, the power is in what you believe will happen as a result of the prayer, and the action you take." Wilkinson makes a convincing case. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My personal issue is I am the type of person that needs things to get to the point quickly before my A.D.D sets in. And this book took its sweet time in getting to the point. So, it took me a while to read it to its end. But the information in it is worth gleaning from. As I am sure the author had some grief in gaining this wisdom,
Great book for a gift!
Together, they are an excellent small study on prayer and being available to God. I also would recommend Secrets of the Vine.
Except that Jabez may have meant something else. Since Jabez lived in a time prior to prophetic notions of social justice or the concept of an afterlife, his idea of blessing is more materialistic than any gospel or post-gospel understanding. His expansion of territory is literally a land grab at the expense of his neighbor's lives, which he felt he was taking with the approval of God, something so close to today's West Bank settlements that it ought to cause us some ambivalence to use this prayer at all. The hand of God that Jabez sought was more likely to have been as a military power with which to overthrow and kill his neighbor. And since it would have been many centuries after Jabez that the concept of an evil Satan developed, that can hardly be the evil he asks to be delivered from here, although it is what Wilkinson seems to think is the entire focus of this last request. It may be rather from the magical implication of his name that he asks deliverance, something in which moderns would put little stock.
There is much ambiguity in this book as one passes from a request for a blessing that is left up to God to a specific request that the individual decides on some basis or other must be God's will (like Trinidad, a DC-10, or the delay of a flight that will inconvenience hundreds of other people). Wilkinson should say more on how to distinguish between God's will and our own desires that we too easy mistake for God's. He also touched too briefly on the notion that a person's business is the way in which one serves God and so an expansion of business becomes a growth in divine service; more guidance needs to be provided Christians who mistake corporate greed for doing God's will and earthly success as a sign of God's good pleasure, and who may possibly have picked up this book to find a way somehow to serve both God and mammon. For all the talk of Satan in the book, there is little talk of other evils we need to be delivered from, like the religious self-righteousness that convinces us that our wants are God's will and our understanding God's revelation, and also the greed that enriches the wealthy Christian while impoverishing the rest of the world. The book is a best seller, probably because there are so many who are searching for spirituality and for God. If it has helped some find what they seek, well and good; but I suggest that if you are looking for a daily prayer to say, try the suggestion of Jesus that begins "Our Father ..."
When people start out reaching for, praying and then go to believing and expecting blessings great things can happen.
I last taught on enlarging your territory at a HS bacolorite service. My goal was to show the students they were created to do more & expect more than just a degree & job. They could be a part of miracles and walk in such an exciting life they would attract everyone they knew.
Amazing book, amazing study, an amazing God!