READING THE BOOK OF First Chronicles CHAPTER FOUR.
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.(1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV)
Let us learn to pray like Jadez prayed
- When we pray, ask for God’s blessings, because without it the future is uncertain. We should also ask God to: “enlarge our territory”, meaning, our influence in our spiritual life, professional endeavors, family or work territory. Only when we surrender control of all that we possess God will bless it. We should also learn to accept the methods God chooses to use in accomplishing our request to enlarge our territory. We also need to fully trust in God the same way Jabez did.
- Let us pray to God saying: May your hand be with me. In real life there are no cinematic heroes solving everything. In real life, the real heroes are those who rely on God at all times. The hand of God is a biblical term that expresses the power and presence of God. The extraordinary events recorded in the book of Acts are attributed to the hand of God. The hand of God refers to the working power of a real and true God, our God.
- Let us God in pray to: “ keep us from harm, that we may be free from pain ” Pray for God to eradicate everything bad that can inhibit the purpose of God in your life, pray for purity. Jabez understood the danger of falling into sin, everything can be lost if we do not remain pure. Call on God to protect you from the dangers of success, because misdirected blessings are the greatest predecessors for ultimate failure, they can dull our dependence on God. When experiencing blessings and greatness, that’s when one should feel the need of God more than ever.
Dear Father of all blessings, who answered the prayer of Jabez, please responds our reqeust: “ bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” In the name of Jesus, Amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.