The power of prayer cannot be overemphasized. God requires us to pray without ceasing. Prayer is an act of communication with God. We pray for several reasons; We pray to develop our relationship with God, to receive comfort for ourselves and others, to avoid temptations, etc.
Today’s post aims to encourage everyone through the inspiring bible story of Jabez. To let you know the power Christians posses through prayer. A prayerful Christian is very active. During prayer, the devil is displaced. (Philippians 4:6, James 4:7)
There are several instances prayer was made by the early Christians in the bible. The early apostles prayed for boldness. The church prayed for the release of Peter and Paul from prison. Daniel prayed in the lion’s den. Esther and her community prayed for God’s favor. The people of Nineveh prayed for God’s mercy. God heard all those prayers and answered them all.
Story of Jabez
Jabez was an honorable man. He feared God and kept his commandments. Jabez was hurting within him. He was going through hardships. Jabez’s name meant sorrow. It was given to him by his mom because she experienced much pain during child delivery.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 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.
1 Chronicles 4 : 9-10 NLT
God’s plans for Humanity
God wants everyone to prosper and enjoy life. His plans are for us to be successful and have a better end. (Jeremiah 29:11).
God does not cause suffering. When suffering arises, God can either allow or stop it (James 1:13).
Most times, God allows certain events to occur so we can be better followers.
Whatever you are going through is a raw material to launch you to a higher levelPastor Lazarus Mouka
Who is responsible for these sufferings?
The devil and his agents are responsible for the challenges we face in life. They specialize in creating bad situations and putting people in bondage. (1 Peter 5:8). In the case of Jabez, the devil orchestrated it all.
The devil creates problems to cause frustration. This frustration leads to destruction.
Most people, as a result of hardship, engage in dangerous lifestyles like drinking, smoking, stealing, lying and more. These routes are planned by the devil and lead to destruction.
What To do when facing rough times
Jabez during difficulties prayed to God. He asked God to bless him and expand his territory. Also, to be with him and keep him from sorrow. God answered his prayers.
You are not alone
Are you suffering? Have you been experiencing numerous challenges?
All you need to do is call on God as Jabez did. God will answer you. Job, David, and more suffered hardships. Through prayers, God delivered them.
Seek spiritual counseling from your pastor or spiritual head during challenging times. They will pray and direct you.
The bible described Jabez as an honorable man. That means Jabez had a relationship with Jesus.
Do you know Jesus?
The wickedness of the world
The devil and his cohorts have inflicted so much wickedness and atrocities into the world. Most people constantly searching for power, money or peace of mind. the devil deceives them and puts them into more bondage using sinful vices like new age, internet, peer pressure, etc.
Jesus Christ is the peace giver. He loves us so much that He was sacrificed on the cross of Calvary so that we can be free from sin. (1 Peter 3:18). The only thing that hinders us from his presence is sin.
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. Isaiah 59:2 NLT
What is unrighteousness?
All unrighteousness is sin. Sin creates a barrier between man and God. Forms of unrighteousness include; fornication, adultery, idolatry, anger, lies, envy, gossip, etc. (1 John 5:17, 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10).
However, God does not care about how much sin you have committed or the weight of your sin. God needs you to repent from your sin and start a relationship with Him. His mercy is new every morning. He is a compassionate and merciful God.
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18-19 NLT
God loves you and wants you to be saved
Jesus Christ wants you to repent, he wants a relationship with you, he wants to care for you. God wants you to break the chain of sin, bondage and give you peace. Like he did with Paul of Tarsus. He wants you to have eternal life.
Are you into any form of unrighteousness? Repent and follow Jesus.
All Jesus want from you is a humbled, broken, contrite heart willing to change and follow Him.
In Ezekiel 18:9, God tells us that if we will repent from our sins, obey him, be righteous, we will live and not die. Repentance is continuous; ask for his mercy at all times whether you’ve erred or not.
Surrender your life to Jesus, become born again and live a sin-free life.
Only the righteous will make heaven so whatever you do, always bear in mind that Jesus is coming soon.
Choose peace in Jesus
Beloved, if you want to make Jesus Christ the lord of your life and break away from the power of sin, say the prayer below.
Heavenly Father, I confess and repent of known and unknown sins today (confess your sins). Jesus Christ, I surrender my life to you. Come into my life and be my Lord and personal savior. Thank you for your mercy. I ask that you teach me, guide my paths and preserve me for heaven at last. In Jesus name. Thank you, Jesus.
Congratulations! Now that you’re saved, please find a bible believing church to continue this process and maintain your salvation.
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