Jabez descended from the tribe of Judah and he was described as being more honourable than his brothers. Jabez’s mother gave him his name to represent the pain which she experienced during childbirth. The challenge with names is that, their meanings are significant and often typifies the kind of life that we will lead. Jabez refused to accept his predicament and he was determined to receive a blessing from God.
Jabez prayed one simple prayer request and he was specific about what he wanted God to do. Jabez wanted his borders and his territory to be enlarged. Jabez wanted God to expand his influence, to bless and protect him. God responded to Jabez and granted his request for a blessing. In this season, we ask God for promotion in whatever we do. We ask God for skill to understand, as Daniel did when Gabriel was sent to bring revelation knowledge, concerning the fate of his people (Daniel 9:22).
Sometimes we become despondent and discouraged because life may not seem to be going the way that we want it to. Very often the answers are in front of us but the problems cloud our judgement and we lose perspective.
We ask God for increased wisdom, insight and revelation knowledge in order to show us the answers that we need. We pray for our minds to be renewed through the word of God. We pray that we will continue to remain steadfast and unmovable. We pray to receive strength of conviction to pursue those things that will lead to success and favour.
““Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities” (Isaiah 54:2-3).