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- Publisher: Mission Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 July 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E1M58DM
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The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life Audio Download – Unabridged
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Also, I am concerned by the superficial degree of biblical interpretation. Yes, jabez prayed a prayer that God answered. But Jabez was also honourable in God's sight...read the whole of Chronicles and begin to understand the nature of covenant, and this book might be useful.
But if you're not looking at it from the perspective of the new testament, you can pray a formula till the cows come home. It's knowing Jesus that matters...
This book is easy to read and understand, and is a book which must be read over and over because familiarity with it will only help you to seek out the Blessings God has for you.
My first reading of this book has whetted my appetite to read more of Bruce Wilkinson's books and I certainly will be buying another of his books on the Prayer of Jabez.
This is a book I will have no problem in recommending to my friends and I have already done so
One reason that it is nice to hear what others say about the Bible is that some of them read Hebrew, which I do not. Knowing what the original text said should provide more clues to its precise meaning. Mr. Wilkinson has provided many insights from the Hebrew texts to help us understand what the translations mean.
The Prayer of Jabez is found in 1 Chronicles 4:10 following a brief introduction of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9. This text is in the middle of a long list of about 500 Hebrew names beginning with Adam in providing a geneology. The casual Bible reader might never notice this material.
Since there is so little text, the plain meaning of what is found here can certainly be confusing. "Jabez" means "pain" in Hebrew. Jabez was named this by his mother "Because I bore him in pain." Since almost all babies bring pain, it is hard to know exactly what was different about Jabez, if anything.
Jabez is remembered for having his prayer answered. The prayer was:
"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!"
Mr. Wilkinson provides several perspectives on this prayer that added much to my understanding of the Scripture. First, Mr. Wilkinson interprets this as meaning that the person praying is asking to play a bigger role in achieving God's purposes. That was a new thought for me.Read more ›
Before the reader even gets past the preface, there are problems here. Is Wilkinson saying there are prayers that God doesn't answer? Is Wilkinson saying that, by following the form of the prayer of Jabez, you will get whatever you ask for? Perhaps he would retreat to the security of the answer that `God sometimes says "no" to our requests in prayer.' If that is true, then this prayer becomes no different in that respect than any other prayer. The prayer of Jabez is not a magical incantation to force God to make or do whatever it is one asks of God.
Now, one of the benefits of a book like `The Prayer of Jabez' is that it does, in fact, encourage people to pray. It brings God back into the lives of people, inside and outside of the church, who have somehow put God aside. It reorients the life and redirects attention toward something more worthy. To that extent, it is worthwhile. Most things that do this are worthwhile.
`The Prayer of Jabez' also helps to demonstrate another point about prayer - it need not be long, drawn-out or complex. Prayer can be simple. In fact, in my life some of the most effective prayers have been even simpler than the four-part prayer of Jabez.Read more ›
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