Sermon on Jabez Prayer: Seeking God's Blessing 1 Chronicles 4:10

 "The Prayer of Jabez: Seeking God's Blessing"

We delve into the life-transforming prayer of a man named Jabez, as recorded in 1 Chronicles 4:10. Jabez's humble prayer reveals profound insights about seeking God's blessings and favor in our lives. Despite his challenging circumstances, Jabez dared to ask God for His blessings, expansion, presence, protection, and ultimately, he received an answer from the Almighty. Let us explore the elements of Jabez's prayer and discover how we can apply them to our own lives.

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I. Jabez's Request: "Bless Me, Lord" (1 Chronicles 4:10a)

Jabez's prayer begins with a simple yet profound request: "Bless me, Lord." Jabez recognized that true blessings come from God, and he sought them with humility. Similarly, we must approach God with a heart of humility, acknowledging that all good things flow from Him. Our first step in seeking God's blessings is to ask sincerely, trusting in His loving and gracious nature.

Promised Blessings

  • All abundant grace (2.Cor 9:8)
  • Total sufficiency (2.Cor 9:8)
  • Eternal justice (2.Cor 9:9)
  • Increased fruit (2.Cor 9:10)
  • Enrichment in all things (2.Cor 9:11)

II. Desire for Expansion: "Increase My Lands" (1 Chronicles 4:10b)

Jabez's next plea was for the expansion of his territory or lands. This aspect of his prayer reminds us that it is not wrong to desire growth and abundance in our lives. While material expansion is not the ultimate goal, we can seek God's favor in our endeavors, trusting Him to provide the resources and opportunities for us to thrive and bless others.

III. Seek the Presence: "Your Hand Be with Me" (1 Chronicles 4:10c)

Jabez's prayer also reflects his desire for God's presence. He asked, "Your hand be with me." This plea underscores the importance of seeking God's guidance, protection, and empowerment in all that we do. When God's hand is with us, we can navigate life's challenges with confidence, knowing that His presence is our greatest asset.

  • Enjoy God's Presence - Isaiah 57:15
  • Guarantee of the presence of God. (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

IV. Protection from Evil and Suffering: "Deliver Me from Evil, So That It Does Not Hurt Me" (1 Chronicles 4:10d)

Jabez recognized the reality of evil and suffering in the world and asked for God's deliverance and protection. In our lives, we also encounter trials, temptations, and adversities. Like Jabez, we can turn to God for shelter and protection, trusting that He will keep us from harm and strengthen us in times of trouble.

  • The Lord protects the simple at heart. Psalm 116:6
  • A called and protected people: Titus 2:14, 1 Peter 2:9
  • God's Protection (Exodus 14:13-30). (Daniel 3:17-18). (Hebrews 11:8-10).
  • He protects and preserves -Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:10; Zechariah 9:16; John 10:28

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V. God Answered Jabez's Prayer: "And God Granted Him What He Asked" (1 Chronicles 4:10e)

The remarkable conclusion of Jabez's prayer is that God answered him. The Bible tells us, "And God granted him what he asked." This reminds us of God's willingness to respond to the sincere prayers of His children. While God's answers may not always align with our expectations, we can trust that He knows what is best for us and will answer according to His perfect will.

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The prayer of Jabez is a powerful reminder of our privilege as children of God to seek His blessings, presence, guidance, and protection in our lives. As we follow in Jabez's footsteps, may we approach the throne of grace with humility, desiring God's hand to be with us. Let us trust that our Heavenly Father hears our prayers and will grant us what is in line with His divine plan. Ultimately, may our lives be a testimony to the power of seeking God's blessings, just as Jabez's life was transformed through his heartfelt prayer.

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