1 Chronicles 4:9 “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” *(4:10)* 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 keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”
Our text today is the entire story of Jabez available anywhere. The story is short and has fascinated many. The key thing in the story is not just that he was born in difficulty or that he was more honorable than his brothers or that he prayed to God…no! The climax of the story of Jabez and therefore it’s purpose and moral if any, is that God granted his request. What is my request to God? What is your request to God?
*Matthew 7:7* ” *Ask and it will be given to you*; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. *(7:8)* *For everyone who asks receives* ; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” In this text, Jesus is directing us to ask!
Make your request! Many times we think about our problems, we worry about our problems, we get stressed about our problems and our problems preoccupied our minds and we assume God knows and we don’t need to ask…Jesus says ask! What is your request?
*Philippians 4:6* “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, *present your requests to God*.”
We are anxious about health. We are anxious about money. We are anxious about marriage and spouse conduct. We are anxious about children’s welfare. We are anxious about whether we will ever get into a relationship or whether we will stay in this one which seems shaky. We are anxious about time running out. We are anxious about failure. We are anxious about our image. We are anxious about everything…but what is your request to God?
Anxiety and wishing that God does something can look like prayer but it is not. Anxiety and waiting on God to act without praying is very common…yet the text is clear…make your request known to God. What is your request?
Jabez had a disadvantaged beginning (hence the name Jabez) of life but he grew up to be better than all his brothers. Why and how? Because in his great disadvantage he approached the right God and asked for a solution to his problem made his request concerning his anxiety. The entire story of Jabez ends by reporting that God granted his request!
What is your problem and what makes you anxious today? What is your request to God? Let us ask today in actual prayer. Let us make our request to God today. And may our day and current engagement, and eventually the story of our life end the same way as Jabez’s. May God grant our request(s) today in Jesus name. Amen!
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Pastor Rei Kesis