Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jabez Prayer - The Original Version

The Prayer of Jabez or simply the Jabez prayer was made popular about 10 years ago by a book which became a bestseller.

Due to its overwhelming demand, there are many who are looking for the free pdf download of the ebook link online.

The Prayer of Jabez is based on the Old Testament passage 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 where an obscure character called Jabez prays for God blessings and God blesses him.

During an uneventful time in Israel's history, a faithful man named Jabez prayed a simple, straightforward prayer and gained the favor and blessings of God.

After three thousand years of obscurity, Jabez has found surprising favor with the world.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, "Because I bore him with pain. Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me! And God granted him what he requested.

Below is the song, "Song of Jabez":

This is what TIME Magazine says:

Pity poor Jabez. For some 2,500 years, he languished in one of those endless biblical genealogies, as the 35th "son of Judah" enumerated in the Book of Chronicles, just after the listings for his relatives Anub and Zobebah. Upon reaching him, the biblical author breaks stride, but only for a moment, to acknowledge that he was regarded as "more honorable than his brothers" and that he had a favorite prayer, which the Bible reprints. Then it was on to Chelub and Shuhah.

But as Jesus noted, the last shall be first. After only a year on the market, a slim inspirational text called The Prayer of Jabez, written by an evangelist based in Atlanta, Bruce Wilkinson, and published by a tiny firm in Sisters, Ore., has sold a Grisham-like 3.5 million copies and advanced this week to No. 1 on the New York Times Advice, How-to & Miscellaneous best-sellers list--even though the Times does not count books sold in religious bookstores. Says Lynn Garrett, religion editor at Publishers Weekly: "It's a raging success, and I think it's going to continue to build. It could easily become this year's hardcover best seller."

The question Jabez himself might well have posed is, "Why me?" After decades of willful ignorance, the publishing world has learned--via the triumph of the apocalyptic Left Behind series--that titles by and for evangelical Christians can sell angelically. But unlike Left Behind, which trades on the spectacular cast and characters of the Book of Revelation, Jabez is essentially a bulked-up sermon, pouring much of the evangelical mission into the prayer's five short clauses.

Wilkinson, 53, says he first heard about the prayer from a seminary chaplain 30 years ago and has been "praying Jabez" as a kind of evangelical mantra ever since. What he appears to have found most attractive is the prayer's expansiveness. Evangelical life abounds in thou shalt nots and stresses humility before God. By contrast, Jabez's demand that the deity "bless me indeed" seems buoyant and liberating. Reading the volume's back-cover blurb ("Do you want to be extravagantly blessed by God?"), one might even imagine that Wilkinson is selling Prosperity Theology, a widespread if superficial gospel that amounts to praying for dollars. This turns out not to be the case. The riches he has in mind are the wealth of God's spirit, and the more one has, the more one wants to spread it. He interprets Jabez's next request, "enlarge my territory," as a plea for the biggest possible evangelizing field. "Clearly," he writes, "it is His complete will for us to reach the world--right now!"

Wilkinson, who sweetens his thesis with anecdotes from his personal and preaching life, concludes by claiming that daily recitation of the prayer can turn you into...someone like him. Wilkinson, who has preached at Promise Keepers' rallies, asserts that his success in reaching millions via his Walk Thru the Bible Ministries is almost shocking evidence of what God's grace and Jabez praying can do.

Actually, even he didn't guess the book's potential. He says the reason for its surprise success is "the $20 million question" and testifies that the only one who thought it would hit more than 30,000 copies a year was his wife, who felt that "God would perhaps enjoy getting the message out." He suggests that although most Americans believe in prayer, they save it for emergencies, and Jabez's relatively low-key, daily program may be a welcome novelty. PW's Garrett agrees: "It's very evangelical and very American, this whole notion that if you know the right technique, the right form, that prayer will be efficient and effective. Kind of like golf."

There are other factors. The book is a bit of a genre-bender, packing a change-your-life message that evangelicals are used to seeing in 350-page tomes into an easy-to-read 93 pages. At $9.99, it can be bought in multiple copies for friends, like a literary W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do) bracelet. Wilkinson's editor David Kopp reports two influential boosters: James Dobson and his wife Shirley, who heard Wilkinson preach Jabez on a tape during a long drive. Dobson then featured the book on his immensely influential Focus on the Family radio show. Mark Tauber, a religion-book veteran now at the website, notes that Wilkinson's 30 years of preaching Jabez at rallies assures "a built-in audience of a million people who have been saying the prayer"--and wonders whether its sequel, based on a verse from the Gospel of John, will sell as well.

Wilkinson and Kopp claim that Jabez is attracting nonevangelical audiences, but that is hard to believe, given the book's use of loaded catchwords and concepts. And with some 20 million evangelicals in the country, it is also moot. Says Carolyn Henninger, a bookstore owner in Gainesville, Ga.: "Jabez has changed my life. I had never prayed for the Lord to bless me, to enlarge my territory. It's phenomenal that people I show the book to come back in and buy extra books they're sharing." Henninger has sold 2,300 copies, and says, "I hope I never run out."


Does this prayer work ? there are testimonies of thousands that it surprisingly does.

Despite the popularity of the Jabez prayer, there are 2 even more powerful ancient prayers which has been said for centuries by kings, slaves, princes and paupers alike. These powerful prayers are known to have helped win wars and defeat enemies for some and have bestowed riches and countless other blessings for others.

These great devotional prayers are still faithfully said today by millions around the globe:

Novena to St Jude

Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague

Please post your comments.


Liz Marie said...

Thank you for this original version. I've shared this with my friends.

Nunez said...

Yes, been looking for the original version. Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Heavenly Father for allowing us to be healthy & whole. I prayed the Prayer of Jabez & a Financial Blessing. I am grateful to you Lord for all that you have done in my life, I have come so far from the broken little girl I once was. I have overcome so much Praise Be to You Oh Lord! I am praying now for a Financial Blessing so that I can provide a home for my family. Thank You Lord for providing us with a financial blessing for I know that You will move mountains to allow for this Blessing in our lives. Praise God.

VH said...

I used to recite the Jabez prayer but I find the devotion to the Child Jesus under the title "Infant Jesus of Prague" brings speedy results for those in financial need.

This devotion is over three and a half centuries old. The devotion originated in Spain, spread to what is now Czechoslovakia, and from there to all parts of the globe.

This is the link - Infant Jesus of Prague

Joel said...

Devotional prayers to St. Jude, works. I found my prayers answered in the most unexpected way. I was told to pray to St. Jude last year when I was experiencing many many setbacks in finances and career. Everything worked out fantastic, it was simply unbelievable that it all happened this way. Sometime in July last year, I was facing financial difficulties because my wife had lost her job and my son was about to go to college and we needed additional income. To make things worse, I had a boss and 2 colleagues who were making things unbearable for me at work. When I started praying to St. Jude, these difficult people just "disappeared" in just over a month - my boss resigned unexpectedly and the 2 other colleagues were transferred to another division in another state. I was then promoted 4 levels above my post with almost 3 times my original salary in two jumps within 5 months. Nobody in the company has been promoted 4 levels above their rank in such short span of time. The miraculous thing was, I didn't do anything extraordinary to influence this outcome. All these started happening after I started praying to St. Jude for his intercession. St. Jude, patron saint of difficult cases, thank you so much.

Jose said...

Pray to St. Jude.

GT said...

Yes, St. Jude. Patron saint for hopeless cases.

Bernie K said...

I started praying the Jabez prayer but the results were slow. Then a friend gave me a prayer card for intercession from St. Jude, apostle and relative of Jesus. Within a few weeks I started to see results in my situation. St. Jude is the patron saint for difficult and hopeless cases. Ask him to intercede for you in the throne of grace in Heaven.

William L J said...

Offer a novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague for financial difficulties. In 2010 my accountancy firm and used car business were saved from financial problems when I started the devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague. I had the statue in both business premises and offered regular novenas to the Infant Jesus. Business started improving although the economy didn't. It was simply amazing. I thank Jesus for his kind assistance in my time of trial.

Tim Coulter said...

I came to this page to read about the jabez prayer but i followed the suggestions in the comments and prayed to St. Jude. I got into some problem and was charged in court. I wanted to pray the jabez prayer so the judge would be lenient and fine me instead of give me a prison sentence. I have a wife and 3 kids to support. My attorney said in my case the usual minimum sentence would be a year in prison. I prayed to st. jude and to my surprise, the judged fined me a moderate sum and i was let off with a warning. My attorney was shocked. He said in his whole legal career he has not seen a case like mine where the sentence was reduced to a fine and warning only. He said I was a very very lucky person.But I told him it was Jesus through the prayers of St. Jude who helped me. Thank you Jesus and thank you St. Jude.

Hugh said...

St. Jude is a better bet. Pray to St. Jude, patron saint for hopeless and difficult cases. I pray to St. Jude for his intercession and he has come through many many times. Thank you St. Jude.

TFH said...

Tim Coulter, I had a similar experience as you. St. Jude, thank you.

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