The fourth line in Jabez’s prayer is: “that you would keep me from evil”
If this request sounds vaguely familiar, there is good reason. In the best known prayer in the Bible, often called “The Lord’s Prayer,” there is the line “deliver us from the evil one.”
Just as Jesus taught his followers to pray, Jabez is doing the same, asking for protection from the attacks of the devil.
Remember that Jabez has just asked for more blessings to bless others and for more opportunities to help others. The devil, opposing both those initiatives, will go after anyone attempting to do so. This is why Jabez next asked for God’s help, following it with this request for protection.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.