Sunday, November 24, 2013


"The Prayer of Jabez" BIBLE STUDY
(By Bruce Wilkinson)
WEEK 6  

Subject:                                "And God granted him that which he requested…"   
                                                "Ask and ye shall receive" (Matthew 7:7)
Scripture:                           I Chronicles 4:10 (WYC)
                                                "And Jabez was noble before all his brethren; and his mother called his name Jabez, and said, For I childed him in sorrow. (And Jabez was more respected than all his brothers; and his mother called him Jabez, or He who maketh sorrow, saying, For I gave birth to him in pain.)  And Jabez called inwardly (to the) God of Israel, and said, If thou blessing shalt bless me, and shalt enlarge my terms, and if thine hand shall be with me, and thou shalt make me to be not oppressed of malice. And God gave to him that thing that he prayed. (And Jabez inwardly called on the God of Israel, and said, If thou blessing shalt bless me, and shalt enlarge my borders, and thy hand shall be with me, and thou shalt keep me from being oppressed by malice, I shall be blessed indeed. And God gave him what he prayed for.)
A. The petition was large, but it was offered to a God, who is pleased of its magnitude,
and glad that Jabez was not leaving God out of any phase of his life.
B. "And God granted him that which he requested"
1. It is not said that God held anything back, but gave him freely.
2. How please God must have been with this man.
3. The Bible teaches that God always hears the prayers of his children when they
pray in accordance with his will.
a. I John 5:14, 15
b. Psalm 84:11 "For the Lord is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace
and glory, no good thing will He withhold from them that walk
C. We observe the honor Jabez had among men.
"And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren."
1. No doubt at all, but that this honor was his because he was a God-fearing man.
2. Whether these "brethren" is limited to meaning his blood brothers or the
community of Israel we don't know for sure.
a. It is not a verse that is speaking ill of the honor of these brethren, it
simply says that Jabez was more honorable than they.
3. The Lord honors those who honor him.
4. Jabez acknowledged God as the source of his prosperity, and God rewarded
him to a position of authority and esteem in his family and among his country
D. We notice that Jabez prayed to have freedom from sorrow, and God granted him his requests, so Jabez must have been a happy man.
1. In spite of his name, and the sorrow surrounding the circumstances of his birth,
he was a happy man.
2. He had:
a. Success in life.
b. Evil kept from him,
c. And God's blessings sanctifying his success.
Talk Points:
A prayer that is successful can be outlined in II Chronicles 7:14, what are they?
When God grant a prayer what is the first thing you should do?
If you don't see an answer immediately, what should you do?
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference………………..Believing God will get you an answer
Habakkuk prayed a prayer and God heard him. (Habakkuk 3:1-2)
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. "O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."
"Father, I know that You are a faithful God, and thank You for answering prayers"
"God has done more than I could ask or even imagine on more occasions than I could ever recount. His ways are higher than my ways. My ideas simply cannot compete with his." (By Dillon Burroughs)

Scripture:     (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
My new start in receiving from God:
            In conclusion of our study I will remember that I'm just a pray away from having God's best.
What did each one of these men/women received from God when they prayed?
Moses:  (Exodus 15:24-25)  
Gideon (Judges 6:39-40)
Hannah (I Samuel 1:27)
Samuel (I Samuel 7:9-10)
Solomon (I Kings 9:3)
Elijah (I Kings 18:37)
Hezekiah (II Kings 19:19-20)
Jehoshaphat (II Chronicles 18:31)
Ezra (Ezra 8:23)
The Early Church (Acts 4:31)
May the Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord makes His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.
This is my last week:
I will be concluding this Bible study this week, and I hope and pray that everyone has been inspired as I have been through it.  God bless you!   My next Bible Study will be (How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life by Dr. Gregory R. Frizzell).
See you in my next study


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