Jabez prayed a four-part prayer that changed his entire life! Listen, “Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldst keep me from evil” (1 Chronicles 4:10). Let’s look at part one:
“Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed.” Some people think God’s blessings just drop into your lap without any faith or effort on our part. Or that it’s wrong to ask for them. Or that He’s upset when you do. Yet His Word says that: (a) His blessings bring wealth (Proverbs 10:22), (b) He delights in seeing us succeed (Psalm 35:27), (c) He teaches us how to profit (Isaiah 48:17), (d) He multiplies what we invest (2 Corinthians 9:6), and (e) He gives us things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
In his book, The Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson points out that we need a new definition of the word ‘bless’. It’s not just something we say over our food or when somebody sneezes. No wonder we aren’t desperate to receive it. God’s blessing made Abraham a successful businessman, Joseph wiser than everybody else in Egypt, and David undefeatable in any contest. That’s the kind of blessing you need, isn’t it?
Jabez didn’t ask for a Cadillac or a six-figure income. He left it up to God to decide what he needed, in order to fulfil his life’s purpose. But he refused to stay where he was. So he prayed, “Oh that You would bless me indeed.” Why don’t you pray that prayer today too?