The Prayer of Jabez: Have faith and pray for protection to serve others

With the coronavirus pandemic, these are some of the most stressful and trying times people can remember. However, we are not alone during these times, and the Bible has stories of many times just like these and how God saved them. One example is the story of Jabez and his short prayer to God. Some interpret it as a prayer for prosperity, but it can also be seen as a prayer to help others. During these times, we should pray to help others as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jabez’s mother gave him the name after saying that she gave birth to him while being in pain.
  • There are not many references to Jabez in the Bible. Many refer to him as a man, and other refer to the name as a city.
  • Some interpret the Prayer of Jabez as a prayer that asks for prosperity as he requested a blessing, enlarged territory, companionship from the Lord, and protection.

“Maybe there’s a lesson here for our own prayer life. Keep it simple. We don’t need to taint our prayers with fancy words. Just lay it out there for Jesus.”

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