He was pain in the … But he got prosperity.
When Jabez was born, his mother despaired. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain” — 1 Chron. 4:9 NIV.
But he prayed. 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 Chron. 4:10 NIV. Prayer turned pain into prosperity.
- play the victim.
- feel sorry for yourself.
- look for people to blame.
- believe God to change circumstances.
- look for people to support you in prayer.
Everybody wants bounty. The unavoidable path towards it is through difficulty, failure, reverses. Prayer carries you forward to the blessing.