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Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, takes readers to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God's miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of us. The life of Jabez, one of the Bible's most overlooked heroes of the faith, bursts from unbroken pages of genealogies in an audacious, four-part prayer that brings him an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing, and protection. Readers who commit to offering the same prayer on a regular basis ...
Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, takes readers to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God's miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of us. The life of Jabez, one of the Bible's most overlooked heroes of the faith, bursts from unbroken pages of genealogies in an audacious, four-part prayer that brings him an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing, and protection. Readers who commit to offering the same prayer on a regular basis will find themselves extravagantly blessed by God, and agents of His miraculous power, in everyday life.
About the Author:
Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson is the founder and president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, an international organization dedicated to providing the finest biblical teaching, tools, and training. His books include Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs, 30 Days to Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs, The Prayer of Jabez and many other books. Bruce and his wife, Darlene, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have three children.
The life of Jabez, one of the Bible's most overlooked heroes of the faith, bursts from unbroken pages of genealogies in an audacious, four-part prayer that brings him an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing, and protection.
Copyright © 2001 Bruce Wilkinson
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Jabez called on the God of Israel.
The little book you're holding is about what happens when ordinary Christians decide to reach for an extraordinary life-which, as it turns out, is exactly the kind God promises.
My own story starts in a kitchen with yellow counters and Texas-sized raindrops pelting the window. It was my senior year of seminary in Dallas. Darlene, my wife, and I were finding ourselves spending more and more time thinking and praying about what would come next. Where should I throw my energy, passion, and training? What did God want for us as a couple? I stood in our kitchen thinking again about a challenge I'd heard from the seminary chaplain, Dr. Richard Seume. "Want a bigger vision for your life?" he had asked earlier that week. "Sign up to be a gimper for God."
A gimper, as Seume explained it, was someone who always does a little more than what's required or expected. In the furniture business, for example, gimping is putting the finishing touches on the upholstery, patiently applying the ornamental extras that are a mark of quality and value.
Dr. Seume took as his text the briefest of Bible biographies: "Now Jabez was morehonorable than his brothers" (1 Chronicles 4:9). Jabez wanted to be more and do more for God, and-as we discover by the end of verse 10-God granted him his request.
End of verse. End of Bible story.
Lord, I think I want to be a gimper for you, I prayed as I looked out the window at the blustery spring rain. But I was puzzled. What exactly did Jabez do to rise above the rest? Why did God answer his prayer? I wondered. For that matter, why did God even include Jabez's miniprofile in the Bible?
Maybe it was the raindrops running down the windowpanes. Suddenly my thoughts ran past verse 9.
I picked up my Bible and read verse 10-the prayer of Jabez. Something in his prayer would explain the mystery. It had to. Pulling a chair up to the yellow counter, I bent over my Bible, and reading the prayer over and over, I searched with all my heart for the future God had for someone as ordinary as I.
The next morning, I prayed Jabez's prayer word for word.
And the next.
And the next.
Thirty years later, I haven't stopped.
If you were to ask me what sentence-other than my prayer for salvation-has revolutionized my life and ministry the most, I would tell you that it was the cry of a gimper named Jabez, who is still remembered not for what he did, but for what he prayed-and for what happened next.
In the pages of this little book, I want to introduce you to the amazing truths in Jabez's prayer for blessing and prepare you to expect God's astounding answers to it as a regular part of your life experience.
How do I know that it will significantly impact you? Because of my experience and the testimony of hundreds of others around the world with whom I've shared these principles. Because, even more importantly, the Jabez prayer distills God's powerful will for your future. Finally, because it reveals that your Father longs to give you so much more than you may have ever thought to ask for.
Just ask the man who had no future.
The Prodigy of the Genealogy
Someone once said there is really very little difference between people-but that little difference makes a great deal of difference. Jabez doesn't stand astride the Old Testament like a Moses or a David or light up the book of Acts like those early Christians who turned the world upside down. But one thing is sure: The little difference in his life made all the difference.
You could think of him as the Prodigy of the Genealogy, or maybe the Bible's Little Big Man. You'll find him hiding in the least-read section of one of the least-read books of the Bible.
The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles are taken up with the official family tree of the Hebrew tribes, beginning with Adam and proceeding through thousands of years to Israel's return from captivity. Talk about boring! The long lists of unfamiliar and difficult names-more than five hundred of them-are likely to make even the bravest Bible student turn back.
Take chapter 4. The descendants of Judah: Perez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal.... And that's just the beginning.
I'd forgive you if you suddenly considered putting this little book aside and reaching for your TV remote. But stay with me. Because forty-four names into the chapter, a story suddenly breaks through:
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. (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)
In the next verse, the roll call for the tribe of Judah picks up as if nothing has happened-Chelub, Shuah, Mehir....
Something about this man Jabez had caused the historian to pause in middrone, clear his throat, and switch tactics. "Ah, wait a minute!" he seems to interject. "You just gotta know something about this guy named Jabez. He stands head and shoulders above the rest!"
What was the secret to the enduring reputation of Jabez? You can reach from front to back in your Bible, as I have, and you won't find any more information than we have in these two brief verses:
Things started badly for a person no one had ever heard of.
He prayed an unusual, one-sentence prayer.
Things ended extraordinarily well.
Clearly, the outcome can be traced to his prayer. Something about Jabez's simple, direct request to God changed his life and left a permanent mark on the history books of Israel:
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.
At first glance, the four requests may strike you as sincere, sensible, even noble, but not terribly remarkable. Yet just under the surface of each lies a giant paradigm breaker that runs exactly opposite to the way you and I usually think. In the pages to come, I want to show you just how dramatically each of Jabez's requests can release something miraculous in your life.
Living beyond the Limits
When was the last time God worked through you in such a way that you knew beyond doubt that God had done it? In fact, when was the last time you saw miracles happen on a regular basis in your life? If you're like most believers I've met, you wouldn't know how to ask for that kind of experience, or even if you should.
What I have to share with you has been opening up lives to God's mighty working for many years. Recently, I was in Dallas to teach on the Jabez blessing to an audience of 9,000. Later over lunch, a man said to me, "Bruce, I heard you preach the message of Jabez fifteen years ago, and I haven't stopped praying it. The change has been so overwhelming I have just never stopped."
Across the table, another friend agreed. He said he'd been praying Jabez's little prayer for ten years with similar results. The man next to him, a heart surgeon from Indianapolis, said he had been praying it for five.
I told them, "Friends, I've been praying Jabez for more than half my life!"
Because you're reading this book, I believe you share my desire to reach for a life that will be "more honorable" for God. Not that you wish others to reach for less, but for you, nothing but God's fullest blessing will do. When you stand before Him to give your accounting, your deepest longing is to hear, "Well done!"
God really does have unclaimed blessings waiting for you, my friend. I know it sounds impossible-even embarrassingly suspicious in our self-serving day. Yet that very exchange-your want for God's plenty-has been His loving will for your life from eternity past. And with a handful of core commitments on your part, you can proceed from this day forward with the confidence and expectation that your heavenly Father will bring it to pass for you.
Think of it this way: Instead of standing near the river's edge, asking for a cup of water to get you through each day, you'll do something unthinkable-you will take the little prayer with the giant prize and jump into the river! At that moment, you will begin to let the loving currents of God's grace and power carry you along. God's great plan for you will surround you and sweep you forward into the profoundly important and satisfying life He has waiting.
If that is what you want, keep reading.
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|Chapter 1||Little Prayer, Giant Prize||6|
|Chapter 2||So Why Not Ask?||16|
|Chapter 3||Living Large for God||28|
|Chapter 4||The Touch of Greatness||42|
|Chapter 5||Keeping the Legacy Safe||60|
|Chapter 6||Welcome to God's Honor Roll||74|
|Chapter 7||Making Jabez Mine||84|
Posted June 4, 2003
I can only offer what has not been noted by by my fellow gentle readers of the choir. Any well written, engaging literature which brings hope to, or breeds change in one's spiritual life can not be a BAD thing, per se. In considering this book, I read not only the words upon the pages (relative to the ideals they portray), but the absence of most mention of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs as I have come to know them in my own experience; and in the experiences of those I have come to know, as well. It is with some degree of regret that I feel the author has missed that thread of commonality that brings us to pray at first in our daily lives. One wonder's what may come from an obscure example taken from one verse found in the Old Testament. The commercialization of faith as a mean to our own ends, perverts the tenets of our core beliefs. I assume there exists no one template that can encompass the myriad settings of one's prayer life and the realistic expectation and recognition of the answer to one's prayer. One should only pray for that which is truely NEEDED for daily existence. In a nutshell, I have yet to see an improvement upon that which we know as THE LORD'S PRAYER, and this well intentioned attempt falls short of the mark, in my reading of same. I feel this zero sum approach to spirituality can only serve as an inferior and temporary substitute for the real thing. Faith does not come in hardcover and softback editions. It must come from within: The Prayer of Jabez may be one book you can do without. I pray, but once (pun intended), that I have informed as well as given context to your contemplation of whether this book has a prayer of finding a home on your bookshelf, or whether your 'daily bread' could be better spent on another title.
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Posted December 7, 2001
Posted December 3, 2001
It took a while for me to read this book. I have gain a new and stronger spiritual committment to GOD!!! Everything is finally becoming peaceful in my life..... Truly blessed ( I have completed the workbook -- it is awesome)
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Posted November 16, 2001
I was very disappointed with this book, especially after all the hype I've read. I agree with another reviewer that it's basically an empty promise; it's like cotton candy, which is mostly air. I hope I can unload my copies (I ordered one, and my mother gave me another).
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Posted June 10, 2001
This book takes you back to bible study and personal prayer and meditation--a great way to increase faith! It also shows that God is the same: yesterday, today, and forever. This is the time of Jubilee and Celebration so the Jabez study is right on time. Get it, use it, and be blessed. That is God's ultimate will for All of his children. Thanks, Bruce Wilkinson for a timely and vivid reminder of God's power to change our lives!
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Posted June 1, 2002
I have prayed a LOT since I became a minister, but this book showed me the reason to pray. For 30 days I prayed this prayer for my life and the things that changed were absolutely awesome! Things I did not think would ever change turned completely around, bills were paid off, finanical blessings, spiritual uplift, I can not begin to tell you it all. Get this book...you will not want to miss it.
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Posted July 21, 2012
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An Old Testament man, named Jabez, is mentioned but briefly in a long listing of names in I Chronicles 4. But there is a pause at his name before the next name of a long lineage is mentioned, and that pause provides the reader with a small window into one man and the powerful prayer he prayed. It is this pause that Wilkerson's 'Prayer of Jabez' expounds upon.
Jabez prayed a prayer that was so significant that the writer of I Chronicles recorded it. The prayer is a short and concise request to God. Comprising of four parts (to be blessed, for enlarged boundaries, for God's Hand to be with him, and to be kept from evil) it is also recorded in the passage that God answered Jabez's prayer. The prayer of Jabez is a treasure...a showcase flower among the flowers of a field.
Wilkerson examines the four parts of the prayer and encourages the reader to make the prayer their own prayer, too. So far so good. But then Wilkerson provides a personal example of how praying Jabez's prayer brought about great results in his 'ministry'. Wilkerson and his youth group went on a 'mission's trip' to the beaches of Long Island. There they try to wins souls by performing 'gospel magic' and they claim an x number of souls for Christ for that day. Wilkerson's credibilty with me is gone. Nothing he says in the remainder of the book interests me.
Souls are not numbers, people are not numbers, the impact of one's ministry is not significant because of the numbers they bring in. The paradigm Wilkerson represents is incorrect. The prayer that Jabez prayed is not a formula one plugs in to get desired results. Wilkerson encourages the reader to prayer the prayer for 30 days and expect to see amazing reults...stroke the belly of the buddha and get what you want.
From how i read that short passage in I Chronicles 4, Jabez prayed this pray only once, but what it showed was that his heart was desiring God's best and God's protection. Such was the man's character and his pilgrim walk. God answered his prayer because He saw his heart.
For a better perspective into the prayer of Jabez, see Spurgeon's Sermon.
Posted March 14, 2011
I came across this book and became so intrigued that I bought the study guide as well. I'm in wk 3 and God has truly been answering my prayers and giving me Blessings. This book teaches how to pray more fervently for self without feeling guilty, greedy or selfish. I am studying Prayer and continue to buy & collect these books to pass on to others. I hope to someday teach from it. Spiritual Knowledge opens the door to Spiritual Power & Belief.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2011
When asked by his disciples, Jesus didn't bother with the prayer of Jabez. He told them how to pray that is prayer modeled after the heart of God, not more more for me.
If you want to learn to pray, listen to Jesus not Jabez
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Posted October 3, 2009
This book has changed my everyday outlook on life as a hole. It has inspired me to change my hole point of view and in doing so everything around me. If you can take an hour or so out of your day to read this im sure it will do the same for you. A most read and keep reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2003
Are you ready for a great adventure? Are you tired of spinning your spiritual wheels? Are you ready to submit to God's will for your life? Then here is the place to start. The Prayer of Jabez is not about asking God for more material wealth. It is not about placing specific personal demands. It is about asking for God's maximum blessing in your life--whatever, wherever, whenever, and however He wants it to be. It is about using those blessings to become a person of influence for His glory. In a compact, friendly package, Bruce Wilkinson shows us how a simple prayer can - and will - help us become the person God wanted us to become. Here's the catch -- what God wants for our life and what we expect don't always match. Approach this book with a willing, submissive heart and you will experience miracles. This little prayer has transformed my life. In three years God took me from a no-name manufacturing manager to an internationally acclaimed author and speaker. Has it been uncomfortable? Yep. Has it been a roller coaster ride? You bet. Has it been worth it? Definitely! God didn't put you here to be ordinary. Isn't it time you took advantage of the blessings He has in store for you? It all starts with one little prayer... Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of VictoryWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2003
I had read this book before, but I seemed to have missed something. I picked up the book and read it again and the words just jumped off the pages at me, they were so powerful. I am praying this prayer and I am believing God for a few miracles in my life. I believe that with the Prayer and Jabez and the faith of a mustard seed, God will truely bless spiritually, physically, and mentally. This is a GREAT BOOK.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2003
My cousin introduced me to this little book and I really have seen a transformation in my life. I already had a personal relationship with God but this book has opened my eyes to a greater breakthrough. God was definitely with Mr. Wilkinson when he wrote this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2002
WELL WRITTEN AND CONCISE INFORMATION FOR THE BELIEVER REGARDLESS OF HIS GROWTH STAGE. IF ONE SEEKS SUCCESS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE THIS BOOK IS A MUST AND IF THE CONTENT IF FOLLOWED DAILY THE RICHES OF HEAVEN WILL BECOME YOURS. IT MAKES A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR A GOOD FRIEND.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2002
Posted January 21, 2002
I finished the book in little over an hour. I will read it weekly and say the Prayer of Jebez at least daily. I'm sure to have the strength to follow through.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2002
If you use the prayer and other points this book brings out you will truly be blessed. The author's writing makes it very easy to understand and apply. I was also reading 'Spiritual Quanta' at the same time I was reading this book. Both of them combined were very inspirational. Thank you for a great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2002
This book covers a one sentence prayer that could change lives. This 4 sentence prayer is tucked away in the bible and was often passed by until recently when thousands of readers have believed in this and experienced the miracles it has to offer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2001
This book offers some wonderful points, but they need to be understood in context. I don't think the author of this book intended to imply a prosperity gospel. Rather, the point of this book seems to be that if you are willing to step out in faith and accomplish great things, acknowledging your desire through this prayer, that God will bless you for it. It's easy to assume from the examples (not the least of which is Jabez himself) that this is all about material blessing. But this book has inspired me and others in my community to pray in a more universal way as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2001
Not only does this book open up prayer for you. It teaches us to expect and see the answers to prayer. It helped me during a hard time on the job. My answer came in a new job with better pay. But more than that it kept me from causing others pain by forgiving those who had deceitfully used me and caused me great emotion harm.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.