Why The Prayer Of Jabez Is So Powerful

I am not eloquent with words. Writing is easier for me since I have time to think about what I want to say and correct anything that doesn’t sound right. When speaking, I don’t have that luxury, and I can lose my train of thought or I can’t think of the right words to use. I’ve struggled with public speaking because of those reasons, but it has been my prayer life that has given me the most trouble.

Jesus gave us a wonderful example of how to pray with The Lord’s Prayer. And I know He wants to hear from us as His children, not like a memorized speech.

Matthew 6:5-15

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

But I still struggle. I want to make sure I pray for others, for those who are sick, and I get so lost in my checklist for praying that I end up getting frustrated and feeling like a failure. I was recently reminded of a simple, short, and powerful prayer by a man named Jabez.

Have you ever heard of the prayer of Jabez? It’s a short prayer found in the Bible in 1 Chronicles 4:10. Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

1 Chronicles is full of a list of descendants, and I’ve been guilty of glossing them over since they are names I have never heard of before. The list seems to go on forever, so if you’re like me, you might have missed two little verses tucked inside chapter 4.

These verses are the only time a man named Jabez is mentioned. There isn’t much information about him, but we know he was honorable and loved the Lord. In verse 9, it mentions that Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez because she gave birth to him in pain. His name, “Jabez,” actually means pain or sorrow, so every time his name was spoken, he would have been reminded that he had been marked.

Even though his mother marked him as pain and sorrow, Jabez seemed to know that the Lord knew him differently. Jabez’s prayer consists of four elements. He asks that the Lord bless him, enlarge his territory, let the Lord’s hand be with him, and keep him from harm and free of pain.

This simple prayer encompasses so much and is a great model for all of us. When we pray for God’s blessings, we shouldn’t just ask for more stuff or better circumstances for ourselves. We should also ask that God use us as a blessing to bless others.

It would be speculation on my part, but I think Jabez is asking God to expand his influence and reach, to give him opportunities to serve others and share God’s love. Jabez’s territory might have been small, but by expanding it, he could impact more people.

Jabez also asks for God’s protection. He recognized there were dangers in this world and that he needed God’s help to stay safe. It’s important to remember that God is always with us and that we can trust Him to protect us, no matter what comes our way.

Psalm 20:4

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Philippians 4:19

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

James 1:17

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Isaiah 58:11

11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

These verses, like the prayer of Jabez, remind us that God is a generous and loving God who desires to bless us and meet our needs.

Jabez is often held up as an example of a person who lived a life of faith and trust in God despite his challenges and difficulties. His prayer reminds us that we can turn to God in prayer and ask for His blessings, protection, and guidance in our lives, no matter our circumstances.

I guess I need to throw away my checklist and come to the Lord with thanksgiving. He knows what is in my heart, and doesn’t care if the words that come out of my mouth aren’t perfect or eloquent.

To GOD Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. CHo'Zen Irons says:

    What A Beautifully “WorthShip” Written Article ! Right from the beginning I was ASTOUNDED because I couldn’t remember penning these words BUT I had heard them before ! They were words straight from my heart of hearts ! WOW!! Before I knew it, I was in Tears and I had to actually “slow down” and READ. I too am guilty of “speed reading” But I got caught up in worship reading this article !! I would LOVE to be able to connect with you. I am a Spiritual Life Coach and looking to connect.
    But if this is where we part, many blessings to you and May God continue to “Enlarge your territory” !

  2. Adejohnson says:

    This is great and it is a great blessing to my soul. Thank you greatly.

  3. Nina Brown says:

    Thank you for this! It is exactly what I needed in the exact and divine moment I needed it. May God continue to bless you and expand your territory.

  4. Christopher Emeka says:

    You are a blessing to me today and I know you have bless millions already amen

  5. Blessings and favor upon you..What an awesome breakdown of scripture and how we should pray. Thank you for being obedient in sharing this.
    I too have struggled in public prayer . Getting out of my head and just speaking from my heart.

    God bless,

  6. well done! who are you? I just found your web page while Bible studying 1 Chronicles. …whosh! I am doing a genealogy and it is challenging! I am in chapter 4 & names peek out that were not mentioned before so I research them….while researching Jabez I found your web page.

  7. God is the Glory of Life and the Fruit of the Spirit his Love goes a long way all across the world God is the Way the Truth and the Life and without God I’m nothing I Choose to Walk with The Lord

  8. THANK YOU!!! Good work!!!

  9. Mary Carol says:

    Love your Sunday posts!! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Tania..
    Thanks again for such a wonderful Sunday post…God is good…

  11. Thanks for this , I needed it today 🤗

  12. I used to struggle with praying out loud. I’m now a small group leader in my church bible study where praying out loud is required. I am still far from eloquent, however, it’s all from the heart and that makes all the difference. Thank you for sharing your faith!

  13. Love today’s post!!!

  14. Harriette Lockhart says:

    Thank you, Tania, or that beautiful post. Our pastor encourages us to read through the Bible each year; it’s wonderful that God reaches us through scriptures personally no matter our season of life and His Word is fresh each time we read it – no matter how many times we read it.

    1. That is a wonderful goal.

  15. Thank for this message. I struggle with prayer too especially in front of others.

  16. Kathy Moreno says:

    Thank you for this post. God is Good! All the Time! Happy Sunday y’all.

  17. This is so helpful, thanks. I get so nervous when I am asked to pray in a group and then afterwards think of all the things I left out. Sure am glad God knows what is in my heart!

    1. I was asked once in Sunday school, and I said no. They never asked again.

  18. Lisa Tharp says:

    The Prayer of Jabez is very powerful! Thank You for the reminder. It’s been a while since I prayed that prayer!

  19. Thank you Tania,Great post and very powerful .

  20. Another beautiful Sunday post, Tania. I so look forward to these every week. Thank you!

  21. Kim Thompson says:

    Wonderful thoughts on this Lord’s Day. I too struggle with my daily prayers and I appreciated this devotion so much! Thanks!

  22. I love praying with the thought that Holy Spirit fills in the details on my behalf. God knows. I just need to be faithful in the action.
    I enjoy your Sunday musings. Thanks!

    1. That is a blessing! He has a lot of filling in on my behalf.

  23. Glada St Clair says:

    Well said! Good reminder. Don’t show anymore Christmas clothes. I’m ordering those beautiful bow earrings and the dress. 😁

  24. Melinda Mason says:

    Thank you for this. I needed to be reminded of this prayer today.

  25. Thank you for today’s post. I really needed it.

  26. Jennifer Gripp says:

    God does know what we need. I was fretting about something at work that is really small and overall a prideful thing. He directed me to your me email. It made me realize how small my problem is and not that big of a deal. Thank you for posting that.

    1. It is funny how He nudges us to do the right thing.

    2. Bridgette Mauter says:

      I swear you wrote that post for me. I too am having a work issue that is prideful. Thank you both for your writings as I now see that God meant this for me too!

  27. Early in our marriage, my husband & I came across these verses. We memorized it and said it at bed after our daily devotions. Our version is slightly different but we agreed that to “enlarge our territory” is not about possessions but about enlarging our sphere of influence according to God’s plans to share his love.

  28. Have you ever thought about turning your Sunday messages into a book? They would make a wonderful devotional book. Today’s was on the mark for me. I feel so unworthy to even approach God, but I know He just wants us to acknowledge Him. May we all be more like Jabez.

    1. Thanks, Gayle. I’ve thought about it; maybe one of these days.

  29. Tania,
    I’ve only posted once, however, I read your posts daily.
    What keeps me interested in your blog isn’t just your style that I love, it’s that you’re like Oprah, you keep it real and so what you say resonates.
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Awww, thanks so much Kim. I don’t think I’ve ever been put in the same category as Oprah. Lol!

  30. God loves us all, always.🙏

  31. I love and look forward to your Sunday messages every week.

  32. Kathleen OBrien says:

    thank you for reminding me to read the Bible more thoroughly and that the Lord will be my strength if I ask for His help. have a blessed day!

  33. Thank you, Tania! I haven’t thought of Jabez in a long time. You have definitely enlarged your territory through your blog. You proclaim your faith in Jesus Christ, and for that I am grateful! Have a blessed day♥️

    1. Joan, I am forever grateful to the Lord for this blog and all of my amazing readers. That is why I try to honor Him each Sunday, and with my daily Bible verses.

  34. I often am at a loss for words during prayer. So I open my Bible to Psalms and pray through them. Since these are the words David prayed often during times of difficulty and stress and also during times of great joy and praise it seems appropriate to me that I should do the same. It certainly leads me to deeper thinking and deeper prayers than what I might do on my own.

  35. Stella Gustafson says:

    Great post today

  36. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement!
    God hears and knows our every word and needs.

  37. Hi Tania,
    I have so many people and causes I try to pray for in my nightly prayers. Sometimes, I fall asleep before I can finish! My dear friend recently told me when I shared this with her that the angels finish our prayers for us. I love the thought of that and wanted to.pass it along.

    1. Gina, I love that thought! I’ve done that many times, and when I wake up in the middle of the night, I continue my prayers.

  38. Such comforting words in your message today.

  39. Wonderful post. Probably my favorite. Thank you for sharing these devotionals each week.

  40. Ginger Hiller says:

    I know that God wants to hear from me regularly and that my words don’t have to be eloquent. I get joy from praying for those that are in real need of Him, along with those that don’t have a relationship with Him. Have a blessed day!

  41. Yes! He just wants to hear from us! I love the acronym for JOY when it comes to praying:
    J – Jesus (give Him thanksgiving and praise)
    O – Others (pray for others)
    Y – You (our needs, struggles, requests)
    💛 Happy Sunday!

    1. I love that acronym. My preacher had PRAY, but I can never remember all of it. I know it was Praise, and You, but I forget the exact wording of the other two.

  42. Nancy Kitzmiller says:

    Thank you for this. Your faith is very encouraging and your writing and speech are just fine. God IS using you❤️🙏🏻

  43. Good reminder today…and everyday!

    1. Thank you for the Jabez prayer , it is a good one .

  44. Thank you for reminding me if Jabez. You bless us each week with your chats.

  45. Marci Hutchison says:

    Thank for this message today!
    Have a Blessed Day!!

    1. Have a blessed day!❤️❤️

  46. Wonderful post.
    I have the book, I pray this every morning with my other prayers…
    Have a great day 🙂

  47. Linda Shearer says:

    This is a great message. I think you have a way with words and this post always makes me think and reflect.

  48. Violet OBrien says:

    Always look forward to your Sunday post. Wonderful message.

  49. Sue McKamely says:

    Thank you, Tania, for another timely Sunday message. I, too, struggle with finding the right words when praying. Seems like my list is alway the same and I just babble on and on. Reading your comments today has given me inspiration to truly reflect on the goodness of God and speak from the heart.

  50. Great way to start my Sunday, have a wonderful weekend Tania!

  51. Patt Dyal says:

    Your daily message is such a blessing to me and my 100 year old mama. I read them to her every morning. Thank you for your blessings.

    1. Awww, that’s so sweet. Tell your sweet mama I said, hello. 🥰

  52. I too struggle with public speaking, I actually lose my voice when I go to speak! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Nobody asks me to read the scripture on Sundays anymore! 😂Thank you for sharing, you are a beautiful writer! I know you touch alot of people with your posts! God bless you! 🍁

  53. Wonderful Word! 🙏

  54. Jennifer Yeatts says:

    When my infant daughter died 27 years ago, I started praying this prayer. The pain of losing her was unbearable at times and I was heartbroken. But I could not imagine the pain of watching your child be tortured as Jesus was, as many mothers have to watch in our war torn countries now.
    As I pray Jabez’ prayer now, I pray for their pain to end, and for peace.

    1. Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I can’t imagine going through this, but I’m glad you had the Lord to lean on. I’ve often felt guilty that Jesus had to pay the price because I am a sinner.

  55. Donna Robinson says:

    I enjoyed reading about Jabez. I alway like to read and hear from others perspective.

  56. Lori Gorenflo says:

    Very true words. He just wants us to come to him.

  57. Connie klappenbach says:

    Thank you for this powerful message.
    Have a Blessed day.

  58. Marty Roggenbaum says:

    The book “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson got me through a rough period in my life. I was overwhelmed with concerns for my sons and my future after my husband passed at 44. I would go to my knees as I got out of bed every morning and pray that short prayer. That God would bless me and my sons, my influence and their influence and would keep us from pain or causing pain. It’s on a 3 by 5 card in my Bible to remind me of His abundant blessings and restoration in my life, and my son’s lives.

    1. Marty, I sorry you’ve been going through such a rough time. Losing your husband is every woman’s nightmare. The Lord is always with you, and I’m glad this simple prayer has helped you through such a trying time.

  59. So enjoy your Sunday posts. They usually always resonate with me. Thank you for giving the day to the Lord.

  60. Your words were perfect!

  61. Donna Wood says:

    I am glad to know I’m not the only one who struggles in my prayer life! Thank you for the sweet reminder that our God already knows what’s in our hearts, even with no words will come.

  62. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We all need to be talking from the heart and expressing our love and devotion to the Lord and ask his blessings on our country and the people. It starts with us.

  63. Thank you Tania for sharing this powerful message today. I think we all need a reminder of the need to pray for others as well as yourself.
    And I agree with you about being able to express yourself in writing rather than speaking. Tongue tied, that’s me!!!

  64. Have a blessed day too

  65. I am so thankful for your post. I recently had a conversation with my husband about my prayers and prayer life. So often I’ve tried imulating others during prayer service, when knowing along when I pray I am in a conversation with God. Thank you for helping me with this struggle.

    1. That’s me too. I try to say the words others say, and it is not the same. It sounds off.

  66. Melissa Sloan says:

    Love this post! Thank you 🙏🏻

  67. What a great reminder! I can’t thank you enough for sharing this, just what I needed this morning; praying for physical healing. I don’t want to just read this but take time to meditate on it, look up the scriptures, and really let it soak in. I think sometimes we just get in such a hurry. Be still and know that I am God the Bible says. I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me.

    1. Rhonda, I’m also guilty of just reading the words without letting it sink in. 😞

  68. Louise Fox says:

    Thank you for your beautiful Sunday messages. They always touch my heart!

    1. I’m glad you enjoy the posts.

  69. Pamela Marvin says:

    Great post. Our prayer time is and should be just talking to our Savior, constantly throughout the day. And you are so right, he knows our heart. So thankful.

  70. Dana Smithmier says:

    I love this❤️

  71. Linda White says:

    Thank you for your words and scriptures that gives us hope, love and encouragement. I can’t imagine getting through each day without prayers to God. God is great!🙏🏻💕🙏🏻

  72. Karen Panebaker says:

    Your precious words reminded me that I’m not alone. I have the same thoughts many time and get so frustrated when my list remains the same. Many times while praying my mind either wonders off or I fall asleep. I know age plays into this.

    1. Karen, I think all of us do that.

  73. Cindy Wasrud says:

    Thank you, Tania, for this post today. I have extended family in Israel that was murdered on Oct. 7. I have spent much time praying about this, not always feeling that like you, I am saying the right words.

    I love all of your posts!
    Thanks you,

    1. Oh, Cindy, I’m so sorry 😢. I know the Lord heard you and knows your pain.