Question of the Day for Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Prayer of Jabez?
Q. Would you tell me what exactly is the Prayer of Jabez? Was there a Jabez in the Bible?
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D
In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez’s name occurs in a detailed listing of descendants of David. Jabez’s parentage is not specified: “Jabez was the most distinguished of his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I bore him with pain.’ Jabez prayed to the God of Israel: ‘Oh, that you may truly bless me and extend my boundaries! Help me and make me free of misfortune, without pain!’ And God granted his prayer.”
About a dozen years ago appeared a book by Bruce Wilkinson, entitled “The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking through to the Blessed Life.” The author urged Christians to use this prayer each day. His book was a best-seller. As a result, a whole line of Jabez merchandise has appeared on the market.
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