“The Jabez Blessing” 3/09/2015 by Robert VanHoose

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Written by the wise 82+ yr old Robert VanHoose @ http://www.homilygrits.com

Read Matthew 7:7-11,
Psalm 67
February 22

“The Jabez Blessing”

“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.” 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)

I am only one of thousands of people whose lives have been profoundly impacted by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson’s big little book “The Prayer of Jabez”, about this spiritual nugget nestled in the Chronicles of the history of Israel.

To pray that God would bless us according to His good and gracious will and not our own specified desires, is a prayer that God loves to answer because God loves to bless, and He has promised to answer prayers prayed in accordance with His will.

God knows that it is virtually impossible for us to be a blessing to others unless we have been blessed. We cannot give material blessings if we don’t receive them, we cannot love others if we have not been blessed with love. Financial, emotional, and relational blessings are all blessings that we are given, so that we can use them to bless others.

When we ask God to bless us from the God centered perspective of being a blessing to others, we are actually praying for help in being faithful to the great commandment and the great commission. We cannot fulfill the purposes for which God created us without God’s blessing upon our lives.

We have a heavenly Father who loves to give good gifts to His children. He is the fount of every blessing, the giver of every good and perfect gift.

Father, thank You for continuing to answer this prayer for me and for so many others, In Jesus’ name, Amen

This grit has been inspired by “The Prayer of Jabez” ©2001 Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah Books. We highly recommend this book!

P.S. (From bruce) This is a great little verse, that God has hidden away in 1st Chronicles !!

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