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GOD ALWAYS HEARS
Good morning Christian friends around the world. Today we want to encourage you in your walk with
our Lord by reminding us that God always hears the prayer of a humble and contrite heart. Ponder
the message in I Chronicles, chapter 4 when Jabez’s prayer was the only one recognized.

I Chronicles 4:9-10
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying,
“Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “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!” So God granted him what he requested.

JABEZ means Pain

Question:

Why did Jabez prayer get recognized? Let’s study what he prayed and see.

First he prayed: Oh that You would bless me indeed

At first it seems that he is being selfish or wanting something for himself but listen to what the
meaning of bless is: To impart supernatural favor

Do not diminish what God wants us to ask for.

We could obtain the whole world and it would
not touch what God’s blessings do for us.

Second he prayed: Oh that You would enlarge my territory

Enlarge my ministry, knowledge of You, understanding so I can touch impart/influence more people.

Third he prayed: Oh that Your hand would be with me

Now you have done it. Asked God to enlarge your ministry and suddenly things start going wrong….
seems to fall apart: Negative thoughts, family turn on you, etc…..but with great blessings comes
greater trials…greater responsibilities;

R   U   READY to armor up with our Father’s suit

and stand and face our enemies, challenges?

Fourth he prayed: Oh that You would keep me from evil

On the surface it seems after asking for God’s hand to be with you, you may not understand why he
asked God to keep him from evil. You may ask, ‘If God’s hand is guiding, why would he have to ask
anything else?’

Answer: Jabez did not diminish satan’s power to deceive/seduce or tempt man, who is but a piece of
clay. So he asked for ‘supernatural’ help/strength to discern the ploys of satan as he (we) walked
into his (our) destiny(s); That ‘new’ place God is wanting to take us.

Seeing Jabez’s prayer is the only one repeated in the scriptures…..you might ask

DOES GOD HAVE FAVORITES?

Jesus says, ‘whosoever’ calls on My name. (Joel 2:28-32)

My opinion: God does not have favorites, but He favors those who ASK earnestly, desiring, hungering
for Him. The Word says: Jabez was more ‘honorable’ than the others.

MAY WE CRY OUT TO GOD AS JABEZ DID:

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.

And GOD would say to you……

he/she is ‘MORE HONORABLE!’
In Christ love and the fellowship of
His body
Bob, Dee and Marilyn
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