Jabez cried out, "Oh, that you would Bless me and enlarge my territory! Let YOUR hand be with me, keep me from harm and pain" (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). THIS IS A POWERFUL PRAYER. Enlarge my territory is not a request for land and material wealth; it was about his relationship with GOD. Jabez wanted more of GOD, he wanted to go beyond the "natural boundaries" of man, and into the "Spiritual Freedom" of a deeper Relationship with GOD. "Keep me free from pain". Sometimes Pain is used bring us to GOD, when everything else fails. Perhaps Jabez was asking that his territory be increased in such a way that he would be Blessed with such Integrity and Purity of Heart that he would seek ALL OF GOD for THE LOVE OF GOD and not FEAR OF PAIN. JABEZ knew what is was, TO BE BLESSED BY GOD. Have we come to the time in our life that we want to Pray the JABEZ PRAYER?
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