In this message, guest speaker, Pastor Chris Hodges teaches us how to use the prayer of Jabez as a guide for daily prayer. As you listen to this message, our prayer is that you would grow in your confidence as you talk with God more and that He would bless you abundantly!
Scripture ReferenceSelected Scriptures
The Prayer of Jabez
2 Chronicles 7:14
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The priority of prayer
Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
The place of prayer
Mark 1:35 (NIV)
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."
The plan of prayer
Luke 11:2-4 (NIV)
"He said to them, “When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'"
The power of prayer
The persons of prayer
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His moth had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 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. Pray for blessing
Psalm 5:12 (NIV)
"Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.""
Genesis 26:12-13 (NKJV)
"Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;"
3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Genesis 12:2 (NLT)
"I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others."
2. Pray for influence
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,"
3. Pray for presence
Acts 11:21 (NIV)
"The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord."
2 Corinthians 3:5-6 (NIV)
"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
4. Pray for protection
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
Psalm 3:1-3 (NIV)
"Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high."
Romans 8:35-37 (NIV)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.