3/4: What a Prayer Reflects


It’s a good idea to write your prayers. Prayers we verbally utter can get lost to us in the atmosphere; they can be said and forgotten. However, prayers we write are fixed in front of us. They capture the essence of moments that can be relived, reviewed, cherished, and remembered. Since we know we can’t lie to God, written prayers become a registry of our relationship with Him and a valuable legacy for our children, grand-children, and generations beyond.

I Chronicles 4:10, a verse nestled and almost hidden in another boring list of “begats,” is a sincere prayer of an otherwise obscure historical figure. Even though his mother gave him a negative name, Jabez (which means to grieve or sorrowful) did not allow the circumstances of his birth to determine His attitude toward God. He realized “it is what it is” when it came to his life’s situation, but focused on God’s truth and tomorrow. His prayer is a reflection of an honorable heart toward God.

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.” (NKJ)

Notice that Jabez’s prayer is not void of requests for himself, but it combines those requests with a realization of God’s sovereignty and control. Let’s quickly look at each point of the prayer as it could apply to us if we were to pray like this:

  • Called on God – Recognize who the God is on whom we are calling, with all His associated attributes
  • Bless me indeed –Concentrate on your personal relationship with God. By asking for this request, we are reminding ourselves that we are part of the family, in line for the blessings of God to be bestowed upon our lives.
  • Enlarge my territory – Be about the business ministry. We need a clear understanding of the fact that our lives influence others.
  • Your hand be with me – Submit to God’s direction and operate in his favor.
  • Keep me from evil – Give attention to personal holiness.
  • That I may not cause pain – Conduct our relationships with others in an upright, honest, and loving manner.

Start journaling your prayers and after about a month or so, go back and read over them. What do your prayers reflect? Does God detect an honorable heart so that He can grant you your requests as He did for Jabez?


©2009, 2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on March 4, 2013.

One Response to “3/4: What a Prayer Reflects”

  1. Thank you Lord Jesus for being the pilot of my life. Thank you Lord Jesus for being omnipotent and merciful. Thank you for allowing me to be an heir to your throne…Amen. Journaling? Thank you sanewriter for an amazing idea!

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