TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 4:1-10.

You are advised to meditatively read the text first

🔑KEY VERSE “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested” (1 CHRONICLES 4:10).

God is a changeless changer of man. He changes every situation and circumstance. He provides perfect solutions to man’s problems. The case of Jabez in our text is a classic example of how a bad life scenario was dramatically changed through a thoughtful and wise decision to approach God who alone has the power to make and unmake every situation through prayer and faith.

This Israelite, whose life had become synonymous with failure, shame and sorrows, had to break off the chains of frustration and disappointment when he made a heartrending prayer to God to rewrite the story of his life. God heard and granted his request. The aftereffect of his passionate prayer was that God made an honorable man of an erstwhile nobody. Our God is waiting for more sons and daughters who will dare pray to Him like Jabez, so that He would bless them.

The story of your life can be rewritten today if you will humbly approach the Lord in penitence for your sins and pride

– beseech Him to cleanse you and clear every debt of sin you owe which demands judgement. The faithful Judge of repentant sinners will discharge and acquit you this day. You will have peace like a river and prosper like Jabez did. Through passionate prayer, we can bring succour to our helpless world. Call upon the One who answers prayers now and see things change in your life and ministry.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Prayer remains the key that opens heaven’s doors of abundance and prosperity.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: ACTS 5-6.

MEDITATION

How to transform from wretchedness to nobility

The text contains a long list of names, obviously, with nothing special to write about them except only one person called Jabez vv9,10.
Oh Lord, I plead that you will not allow me to live an inconsequential life in my generation

  1. Knowledge: He knew that, being a seed of Abraham, he was a blessed person by covenant vv9,10. As a child of God, you are joint heirs of all that God has both in heaven and earth. Do you belief this?
  2. Refusal: He refused to be limited by his birth, background, brain, backwardness, bondage, barriers etc. vv9,10. What about you?
  3. Faith: He had a personal relationship with God that helped his faith in God of all possibilities vv9,10. Are you born again and having a deep relationship with God?
  4. Clear vision: He had a clear vision of what God has predestined him to be in life as a seed of Abraham vv9,10. His desire was along this divine vision.
  5. “Kneeology”: He made desperate, well defined, devil scaring and daring prayers to God vv9,10.

Lord, give me the revelation of the best I am predestined to be in life
Lord, I refuse all forms of limitations in my life. Give me spiritual power to break all of them and soar high in all areas of my life
Pray for divine visitation for children of God who have ignorantly resigned to wretchedness or mediocrity
Pray for complete failure and disappointments for all super power personalities that want to take the position of God

HYMN Did you think to pray?

  1. Ere you left your room this morning,
    Did you think to pray?
    In the name of Christ our Savior,
    Did you sue for loving favor,
    As a shield today?
    Chorus:
    Oh, how praying rests the weary!
    Prayer will change the night to day;
    So in sorrow and in gladness,
    Don’t forget to pray.
    2 When you met with great temptation,
    Did you think to pray?
    By His dying love and merit,
    Did you claim the Holy Spirit
    As your guide and stay? (Chorus)
    3 When your heart was filled with anger,
    Did you think to pray?
    Did you plead for grace, my brother,
    That you might forgive another
    Who had crossed your way? (Chorus)
    4 When sore trials came upon you,
    Did you think to pray?
    When your soul was bowed in sorrow,
    Balm of Gilead did you borrow
    At the gates of day? (Chorus)