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The Prayer of Jabez

  • Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border! May your hand be with me, and may you keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" God granted him that which he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 WEB.

    We need balance in prayer. Some people are too ashamed of their past to ask God for anything. They feel that they have messed up so bad they are lucky to be saved at all. Others tend to think that God is the great Santa Claus in heaven or a pet to command. Their life centers around themselves instead of God.

    Neither view is correct, and balance is one of the keys to a happy life. The enemy will always try to get you out of balance to hinder your prayers. Either you do not pray at all or pray for the wrong thing or with the wrong motive. James wrote:

    "You don't have, because you don't ask. You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures" (James 4:3 WEB).

    When you come to the Lord, your past is forgiven. You become a child of God with all the benefits and perks it brings. You are not a second-class citizen in His family, and you get to sit at the table with everyone else. There is nothing wrong with asking God to bless you, prosper you, and keep you safe, just as Jabez did.

    If anyone on earth has a right to ask God for something, you do. "Sister Bertha Better-than-you" is actually not better than you. For you are forgiven, and you can pray for the things that you need. Jesus told us to pray: "Give us today our daily bread." So don't be afraid to ask God for the things that you need. When Jabez asked, God granted his request. We need balance in our prayer life, but what if Jabez had not prayed at all? He may not have been as blessed as he was. Pray as Jabez did.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all of Your blessings on my life. I pray that You extend my borders and means to help others. Please give me Your wisdom to manage my life, family, work, relationships, and time. Lead me and never let me stray from Your path. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen Amen Amen........❤️
March 13, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

March 13, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you dear God for your many blessings. Thank you for loving me. In the name of Jesus Amen  Amen Amen 

March 13, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank You Heavenly Father for all of my Blessings. Thank You for forgiving me of past sins. Thank You for hearing my prayers. Amen

March 13, 2021
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you Pastor for such encouragement. God is so good and half the time we don't realize it. 

March 13, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Prayer is very powerful and when you pray, Our Father in Heaven hears you and is very pleased to know that you come to him in prayer and thanksgiving for all the things He has done for his children.  May we ALWAYS kneel at the altar of God and continue to thank Him for his blessings, love, compassion, understanding but most of all for his most precious Son, Jesus Christ!  Amen!!

March 13, 2021
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Evan Force
Evan Force

Amazing message today!  I pray the Janet prayer every day and appreciate the reminders of the wisdom contained in This passage.

March 13, 2021
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Andrea Brown
Andrea Brown

Loved this devotional. Especially the part about "Sister Bertha-better-than-you", is actually not better than me. LOL  loved this message.

March 13, 2021
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

In jesus name amen praise God 

March 13, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Praise God for all our blessings. Amen 

March 13, 2021
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Amen

March 13, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for all of our blessings

March 13, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!!

March 13, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

March 13, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You for all of Your blessings on my life. I pray that You extend my borders and means to help others. Please give me Your wisdom to manage my life, family, work, relationships, and time. Lead me and never let me stray from Your path. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

March 13, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Father Thank You For All Of The Blessings You Have Given Me And My Family And Friends Amen Good Morning Everyone 

March 13, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all Your blessings that You have provided to me and my family, hear our prayers and lead us to give to those who are in need. That Your love and kindness reach those who are in need of You, in the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. Lord keep us close to you, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for encouraging us through your devotionals, God bless you both, Amen. 

March 13, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you Lord I pray* please help me to pray*

March 13, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 13, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

March 15, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord 

March 15, 2021