Monday Motivation: The Prayer of Jabez…

Hey guys!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week is starting off beautifully. I’m not going to spend a lot of time with you today as it’s finally warm consistently here where  I live and its my day off! I wanna get outside !! 🙂

Yesterday I was singing at a concert where the headliner was a Jamaican gospel artist by the name of Jabez.  Every time I hear his name I am reminded of the prayer of Jabez and a book of the same title that I read many years ago and when I woke up this morning I had this one particular song on loop in my head (I’ll share it with you soon)

In the book of 1 Chronicles, the first couple of chapters deal with  genealogy/lineage. In chapter 4 we meet a man named Jabez who was given his name which means (loosely) “sorrow maker” because she ( his mother) bore him in pain. The bible describes Jabez as honourable above his brothers. When he made a request to God, a simple request, it was granted.

That request is found in 1 Chronicles 4: 10 and it reads:

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.

When you break down that prayer , Jabez actually asks for four things:

  1. That God would bless him
  2. That God would enlarge his territory
  3. That Gods hands would be upon him and that He would keep him (jabez) from harm
  4. That he would be free from pain

 ( I find it so interesting that in the middle of this genealogy  list the author of Chronicles found it important enough to highlight the prayer of Jabez.)

What an incredibly beautiful prayer that encompasses everything I ( and possibly many of you ) need right now.  Oh that God would bless me and enlarge my territory, and not only that but that He will protect me and keep me from pain.  In a world filled with such turmoil and sorrow,I think that this prayer is pretty relevant for the times we are living in.

Stay faithful my friends and make your requests known to God! Even the smallest of requests God wants to tell Him. There is nothing to small or big for God!

The prayer of Jabez has found its way back into my life and has provided so much comfort! May it bless you as it’s continuing to bless me!

Increase!
Enlarge!!
Bless Me Indeed!!!!! ( and you all ❤ )

The song I mentioned earlier that was on loop in my head is by Donald Lawrence and it’s called ” Bless Me ( Prayer of Jabez), an oldie but a goodie!

Bless me, bless me
Oh Lord, bless me indeed,
Enlarge my territory
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
Bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)

Increase, increase
Oh Lord, bless me indeed,
Enlarge my territory
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
Bless me indeed

Soloist:
Keep Your hands upon me
So that evil cannot harm me
Sunshine and rain, sickness and pain
God, I humbly come to You
Enlarge my territory
Enlarge my territory

Choir:
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
Bless me indeed

Keep Your hands upon me
So that evil cannot harm me
Sunshine and rain, sickness and pain
God, I humbly come to You
Enlarge my territory (x2)
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)

Soloist:
Keep Your hands upon me
So that evil cannot harm me
Sunshine and rain, sickness and pain
God, I humbly come to You
(I want you to…)

Choir:
Enlarge my territory (x2)
Enlarge my territory (x4)
Enlarge my territory (x2)

Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)

Have a blessed Monday!
xoxo

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