The Prayer of Jabez* is a short prayer and is found in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10; it is also the subject of a recent popular book by the same name.
After a short, very short, bio of Jabez, his equally short prayer is given, followed by a concise commentary.
Jabez’s five line prayer is:
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!
The prayer concludes with the affirmation that God answered this prayer.
There is much that can be learned from his petition, as well as wrong assumptions that can be made. Check out this short prayer and meditate on it. In upcoming posts, we will look at it more closely.
*Jabez is alternately pronounced with
either a long “a” sound or a short “a”.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.