A short devotional on 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. Want to talk? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Tuesday, October 6, 2020
We are covering the third part of Jabez prayer in 1 Chronicles 4:9 and 10. If you are just joining us, this might make more sense if you back up two days and start there.
Jabez third request is what makes his first two requests unselfish. First, he asks God to bless him a lot. Then he asks God to expand his territory.
Third, he says, "May your hand God, be upon me" May your hand be on me. In other words, take me and guide me. Move me. Give me your power, show me your way.
I ask you to bless me a lot and expand my territory. But then take all of these blessings you've given me, and all the territory, all the power and influence you have given me, and use it, use me to do what you want done on this earth.
Make me great, but then put your hand upon me and use that greatness for your kingdom God.
That's a bold prayer. But God answered his request.
It is the kind of God we know. He is willing to do amazing things in our lives if we ask.
Is there something you want from God? Something that is even scary to ask for?
Why not ask? And rather than just be a name in a genealogy line, live your life differently. God has a habit of answering some bold prayers. One of them could be yours.
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,[c] saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 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 God granted his request.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow