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The prayer of Jabez : breaking through to the blessed life
Wilkinson, Bruce.
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Sisters, Or. : Multnomah, [2000]

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93 pages ; 17 cm.
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The author discusses how a brief, little known prayer from the Old Testament can provide the inspiration to live a more blessed life.

Author Notes

Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson is the founder and president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries
C. Michael Dudash is a freelance artist and illustrator. His oil paintings have won him a national reputation and numerous awards from The Society of Illustrators (NYC and LA), The Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, Art Direction, and How magazines



  Chapter 1 LITTLE PRAYER, GIANT PRIZE Jabez called on the God of Israel.   The little book you're holding is about what happens when ordinary Christians decide to reach for an extraordinary life--which, as it turns out, is exactly the kind God promises.   My own story starts in a kitchen with yellow counters and Texas-sized raindrops pelting the window. It was my senior year of seminary in Dallas. Darlene, my wife, and I were finding ourselves spending more and more time thinking and praying about what would come next. Where should I throw my energy, passion, and training? What did God want for us as a couple? I stood in our kitchen thinking again about a challenge I'd heard from the seminary chaplain, Dr. Richard Seume. "Want a bigger vision for your life?" he had asked earlier that week. "Sign up to be a gimper for God."   A gimper, as Seume explained it, was someone who always does a little more than what's required or expected. In the furniture business, for example, gimping is putting the finishing touches on the upholstery, patiently applying the ornamental extras that are a mark of quality and value.   Dr. Seume took as his text the briefest of Bible biographies: "Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers" (1 Chronicles 4:9). Jabez wanted to be more and do more for God, and--as we discover by the end of verse 10--God granted him his request.   End of verse. End of Bible story.   Lord, I think I want to be a gimper for You, I prayed as I looked out the window at the blustery spring rain. But I was puzzled. What exactly did Jabez do to rise above the rest? Why did God answer his prayer? I wondered. For that matter, why did God even include Jabez's miniprofile in the Bible?   Maybe it was the raindrops running down the windowpanes. Suddenly my thoughts ran past verse 9.   I picked up my Bible and read verse 10--the prayer of Jabez. Something in his prayer would explain the mystery. It had to. Pulling a chair up to the yellow counter, I bent over my Bible, and reading the prayer over and over, I searched with all my heart for the future God had for someone as ordinary as I.   The next morning, I prayed Jabez's prayer word for word.   And the next.   And the next.   Thirty years later, I haven't stopped.   If you were to ask me what sentence--other than my prayer for salvation--has revolutionized my life and ministry the most, I would tell you that it was the cry of a gimper named Jabez, who is still remembered not for what he did, but for what he prayed--and for what happened next.   In the pages of this little book, I want to introduce you to the amazing truths in Jabez's prayer for blessing and prepare you to expect God's astounding answers to it as a regular part of your life experience.   How do I know that it will significantly impact you? Because of my experience and the testimony of hundreds of others around the world with whom I've shared these principles. Because, even more importantly, the Jabez prayer distills God's powerful will for your future. Finally, because it reveals that your Father longs to give you so much more than you may have ever thought to ask for.   Just ask the man who had no future.   THE PRODIGY OF THE GENEALOGY Someone once said there is really very little difference between people--but that little difference makes a great deal of difference. Jabez doesn't stand astride the Old Testament like a Moses or a David or light up the book of Acts like those early Christians who turned the world upside down. But one thing is sure: The little difference in his life made all the difference.   You could think of him as the Prodigy of the Genealogy, or maybe the Bible's Little Big Man. You'll find him hidi Excerpted from The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce H. Wilkinson, David Kopp All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 5
Chapter 1 Little Prayer, Giant Prizep. 6
Chapter 2 So Why Not Ask?p. 16
Chapter 3 Living Large for Godp. 28
Chapter 4 The Touch of Greatnessp. 42
Chapter 5 Keeping the Legacy Safep. 60
Chapter 6 Welcome to God's Honor Rollp. 74
Chapter 7 Making Jabez Minep. 84

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