Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Prayer of Jabez

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.

A few years ago a book was written about this prayer deconstructing the sentiments in this prayer. I think that this prayer is very typical of many of our prayers.. focused on "personal" success and protection. I think that the prayer is included in scripture not so much as an example of how to pray but more as an example of how some people pray.

Father we ask that you would bless "us" and enlarge "our" territory. We ask for your hand to be with "us" and that you would watch over and protect "us".


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