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“How Praying People are Blessed People”
Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
I Chronicles 4:9-10 9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10 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.
I John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.
You must have confidence in who you are praying to. You don’t ask folks for something that you don’t think you can get. When you ask God for something, he may not answer you the way you think. You must accept that this is the will of God concerning you. When you ask God, have confidence and then say, “Do it for me!” You cannot just pray those little baby prayers, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” The older you get, the more trials you go through and your prayers get real.
You’ve had confidence in people who dropped you on your head, in your job that fired you, and in your doctor who gave you a bad report. At some point, you need to have some confidence in God. If your confidence is not in God you will not survive! There are some things you ask for that don’t line up with the will of God.
I Chronicles 4:9a states, “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren:” A blessed person is the object of God’s favor. Thank God for his favor! To get God’s favor, you have to live right. 4:9b “…and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.” A lot of people have gone through sorrow as well as pain and suffering. Brokenness will make you suffer, cut your spirit, and will bring sorrow to your life. 4:10a “And Jabez called on the God of Israel…” Jabez called on the God of Israel. He didn’t have a pity party and didn’t go around crying “poor me”. Remember that there’s always someone going through worse conditions than you. Jabez knew who to call. He called on the God of Israel because he saw how God delivered Israel from their troubles. You can be blessed when you see God blessing somebody else; you don’t have to be in the “Haters Club”. Some people in church could be the president of the Haters Club! Don’t be haters of somebody else. If God blessed them, he’ll bless you too!
Sometimes you need a “ridiculous” blessing where you know it was no one but God who blessed you. However, in order to receive such a blessing, you have to line up with the word of God. But in order to line up with the word, you have to first know the word. 4:10a “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that thou wouldest bless me indeed…” Jabez wanted to make sure and without a doubt in his mind that God would bless him indeed. Some people have too much pride to talk to God right — cry out to him! Ask him to bless you indeed. It removes everything else around you and is then all about your soul and your Savior. Put God in a position that he has to bless you.
4:10b “…and enlarge my coast (territory)…” It’s a great thing for your territory to be enlarged — if you can handle it! Know your limits. When you ask for your territory to be enlarged, you need to be aware that more responsibilities will come along. Make sure that you really want God to enlarge your territory, because you may not be ready to handle this prayer yet. Where much is given, much is required. You need to ask God to prepare you to handle it. 4:10b “…and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me…” It is not always your actions that you struggle with; it can also be your thoughts. If you are a Christian, evil will grieve you. Saints of God cannot stay angry and not have a grieved spirit. Through your prayer life, you can be blessed.
I John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. Just be sure you have confidence in what you ask for and that it lines up with the will of God and then you will be blessed!