Selfish Prayers

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Let me tell you about a man named Jabez.

1 Chronicles chapter 4 can seem very boring at first glance. I mean the chapter title is called, Descendants of Judah. So here is the geneology and history of all these people when all of a sudden, we are introduced to Jabez.

“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers…” V. 9 (and here is why)

It then goes on to say, “Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!’ And God granted what he asked.” V. 10

…and that is literally all it says concerning Jabez.

But how powerful of a message! Jabez is an example that it is OK to pray for yourself! God doesn’t want us to hold anything back. He knows our thoughts and wants anyways, so if you are wanting better financial stability or more job opportunities or whatever it may be, pray about it and ask! The Lord says we have not because we ask not. He desires to bless us. All we have to do is believe in faith and receive! Some people may believe that a relationship with the Father is hard, but only if you make it. Often times we are what stands in the way of a true, genuine relationship with Him…

I just love the end of verse 10 because it says, “God granted what he asked.”So do not be intimidated or guilty to pray for yourself! God wants to hear from you. He wants to bless you and grant your requests, too!

Here is your challenge: wake up every morning and say the Jabez Prayer; that God would bless you, expand your territory, and keep you from harm! I know stories of people who have prayed this prayer with amazing results. I have even seen great things happen in my own life from this simple yet miraculous prayer. If it worked for Jabez, it will work for you. Have faith in these words, believe it, and get ready to receive God’s blessings in your life! 🙂

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