Pray Big

Did you know that the name “Jabez” means (he causes pain)? From the little bit we know in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers”. But according to the label his mother gave him…her labor, his birth was so painful she chose to name him  with a constant reminder.

That must have been a rough delivery. Wouldn’t you agree?

Jabez is only mentioned 3 times in the Bible…but it’s important to note that he clearly played a big role in the geneology of our Lord. Jabez wanted God’s blessing to be fulfilled. When I think of what Jabez was trying to do when he spoke that great prayer….I see a great encourager! He was convinced that his words had power and praying them to the GOD ON HIGH only confirmed he believed what he was praying.

Do you claim your needs & blessings to God?

I could tell you sad stories all day long about how young people are choosing to waste their lives. Whether it be with drugs & alcohol, pre-marital sex or just outright defiance. But that’s not the message I want to share. What I really want to do is encourage YOU to PRAY BIG. Pray for your family, your neighbor….the person who is messed up and hurting himself and everyone around him. Claim in the name of Jesus Christ the blessings that God WILL GIVE.

Just like Jabez….believe big (ENLARGE MY TERRITORY) and trust Him that he will protect you and those you love. It’s no accident, friend–that Jabez is mentioned in the Bible. God wants to encourage you and me.

Lord,
Make me an encourager. Show me the needs around me and allow my heart to be touched. I believe I can trust you for the blessings you have for me and those I petition for.
Amen

The Prayer of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:10 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.”

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