The Prayer of Sorrow

“The sons of Judah; Pharez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal; and Reaiah the son of Shobal begat Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai, and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.
And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi: and Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the father of Bethlehem.
And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah; and Naarah bare him Ahuzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.
And the sons of Helah; Zereth, and Jezoar, and Ethnan.
And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.
And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow; and Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!’ And God granted him that which he requested.”  1 Chronicles 4:1-10  (KJB)

REFERENCES: Matthew 5:3, 4; James 1:12

Some of the Pastor’s notes on Jabez from 1 Chronicles 4:9-10…

“Jabez” = “Sorrow maker” or “Painful”

  1.  He became a man of honor… “…Was more honorable than his brethren.
  2.  He called on the God of Israel (Romans 10:13).  He asked to be blessed.  He asked for God’s hand be with him; to be kept from evil, and its grief (1 Timothy 2:8; James 1:8; Isaiah 59:1).
  3.  He asked, also for his lands to increase.
  4.  God granted his request.

What we as Christians can learn from this man named after his mother’s sorrow and pain…

  • We are all people of sorrow in the dark of sin;
  • We need to constantly be in communication with God – through His Son Jesus Christ our Advocate;
  • We must be at rest and peace in our relationship and fellowship with God, and bring our petitions and request to Him believing Him;
  • When we come to God in faith, in the name of Jesus, He will hear us and give us the answer that honors Him.

Why will and why does God answer prayer?

  1.  Because we have a heart for God;
  2.  Because we trust Him enough to ask Him;
  3.  Because He knows our changed hearts hate evil, and have no desire to do evil, neither to displease God.

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