The Prayer of Jabez
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”.)
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God 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.