You have probably heard the Prayer of Jabez or you might have read it quoted on a bookmark or picture. It’s an encouraging prayer asking for a big blessing.
But have you read the rest of I Chronicles 4? The context of this verse is interesting. The chapter is a genealogy of the sons of Judah and Simeon. But right in the middle, God calls out Jabez.
In I Chronicles 4:9, the Bible says that Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. Here God is emphasizing the character of Jabez. His character seems directly related to God granting the request in verse 10.
Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border! May your hand be with me, and may you keep me from evil, that I might not cause pain.
God granted him that which he requested.I Chronicles 4:10
After verse 10, Jabez isn’t mentioned again.
What was Jabez requesting? The direct request was for more land, but by growing his territory and land, Jabez was asking to be more influential and would be able to show the glory of God to others. Jabez clearly wants to do good as the prayer ends with “that I might not cause pain.”
As we ask for blessings in our own lives, let’s consider the life and request of Jabez and how being a people of honor will impact our requests with God.
This prayer is a big request, it’s a great blessing. A blessing we can claim today.