Why the “Prayer of Jabez” Should Be On Your Prayer List

Prayer of Jabez

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I hope everyone is doing well. As this semester is coming to an end for me, I find myself praying more and more for strength and guidance.  I have so many exciting things that are happening in my life that I will share in another post. However, more recently I find myself praying the “Prayer of Jabez.”

My first encounter with the “Prayer of Jabez” was when a family friend bought me a children’s bible story book for the “Prayer of Jabez.”

To give some biblical context, Jabez, meaning “bore in pain” was an honorable man of God. However, he was cursed with a name that meant pain because his mother birthed him in pain. He did not want to carry the burden of his namesake, and thus prayed this prayer.

1 Chronicles 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.

What does it mean to enlarge your territory?

In the biblical context, Jabez’s prayer was geared towards enlarging his realm of influence. He wanted to be a channel of blessing to others. He wanted to be blessed to be a blessing. The rest of the passage is self-explanatory as he prayed for safety and to be free from pain.

Why is it important to you?
As children of God, one of our primary purposes is to spread the gospel or the good news of Jesus. The only way we can do this is by enlarging our territory. It is so important that we not only pray to be blessed, but we pray that our blessings will help others.

Moreover, your territory can be financial territory. You can pray that God enlarges your territory for you to have financial blessings and success.

You can apply your territory to any aspect of your life, such as academics, career, relationships, or spiritual gifts.

The reason why this prayer is so useful, is because it covers a large range of topics.  Once your territory is enlarged and you are blessed,  the enemy cannot stop you from fulfilling your destiny.

I hope you incorporate this prayer into your daily life.

That’s all I have for today.


Stay Blessed,

Abisola XoXo

P.S. There is a song called the “Prayer of Jabez” that is a classic. Check it out.