A Pattern for Prayer (Part 2)
Jabez was more honored than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez called out to the God of Israel: “If only you would bless me, extend my border, let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not experience pain.” And God granted his request.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
On Sunday, Pastor Dallas shared 5 parts to Jabez’s pattern of prayer. Today, let’s look at part two:
2: IN FAITH
Jabez believed there was more! He didn’t want to settle spiritually or in any other area of his life.
He wanted to make the most of His life for the glory of God. We see his heart in the fact that he called out to the God of Israel. Jabez recognized that “more” would only be made possible as God granted. He was dependent and dependence reveals faith.
Our certainty is grounded in God’s promises. We can remain confident that the Lord will give us what He promises us, for He loves us and never makes promises to His children that He cannot keep.
Mark 11:24 - Therefore I tell you, everything you pray and ask for — believe (have faith) that you have received it and it will be yours.
Here, Jesus, Himself, says that the promises of God should guide the prayer lives of His people. Why? Because God’s promises are always about His glory and our good.
This is why the Word of God must play such a pivotal part in our prayer lives! How can we pray according to His promises if we aren’t opening His Word?
So, very practically speaking, your prayer life will never be what it should if you aren’t starting with the Scriptures. Faith, Romans 10:17 says, comes through hearing; and hearing comes through the Word of God.
Take time today to read God’s Word. As you read, look for promises that you can pray and trust that as you do that God is faithful to keep His promises (2 Peter 3:9).