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The Prayer of Jabez – Part 1


Years before the success of The Secret, there was a small book entitled The Prayer of Jabez. This book was based on one biblical verse. It deconstructed the verse, created a 30-day plan for the reader to follow, and also gave the reader a spiritual defense plan to follow.  I first read this book in 2005. I read it again three years later. Each time I prayed the prayer and followed the program, my life was changed. Because of that, I’ll paraphrase it here. The Prayer of Jabez is listed in I Chronicles 4:10. It reads,

“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.”

The Prayer of Jabez deconstructed:

  • Jabez was an honorable man, respected, wise, and mature.
  • Bless means to bestow favor and kindness.
  • Blessings are for the common good, the conduct, the conversion, and the compensation.
  • Territory can mean your work, your family, your ministry, and your personal relationships.
  • Indeed means intensely and immensely.

The Prayer of Jabez is not a weak wish, but a fervent desire. Every blessing, large or small, is from God. We are reminded in James 4:2 and Matthew 7:7-8 that we do not have because we do not ask so to ask and continue to ask until we receive.

Implementing the Prayer of Jabez – For 30 days, say the prayer. Ask daily. Thank God for His blessing. Enjoy God’s blessings. Share the blessings  with others.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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