The Prayer of Jabez – Book Review

The Prayer of Jabez 
By Bruce Wilkinson 
Find it on: 
First Person
One point-of-view
Non-Fiction 
92 (small) pages 
About the Book
(Backcover Blurb) 
Do you want to be extravagantly blessed by God? 
Are you ready to reach for the extraordinary? To ask God for the abundant blessings He longs to give you? Join Bruce Wilkinson to discover how the remarkable prayer of a little-known Bible hero can release God’s favor, power, and protection. You’ll see how one daily prayer can help you leave the past behind – and break through to the life you were meant to live. 
Why I Choose this Book

My dad read this book for the first time nine years ago when I was thirteen. He was immensely inspired and impressed. He bought the book for everyone in our family and hundreds to give away. I’ve read this book a couple of times but haven’t in the last four or five years and decided it was time to pick it back up again. 
What I Thought About the Book 

Many people think of receiving great bundles of health and wealth and having a perfect life when they hear the words The Prayer of Jabez and while those things might be in store for some Christians, they’re not what the Prayer of Jabez is all about. 
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:10) 

This book goes into how the name Jabez means “pain” and in a time when the meaning of a name played a big part in who a person was we can only imagine how difficult it must have been to have that title. 
It also talks about how when we go to God and ask for blessings we aren’t asking for them simply to have a better life, and in fact the blessings we receive might not always make our lives better in the way most Americans view the word. Our goal in asking God to bless us is so that we in turn can bless God and bless those around us and live a life that is more awesome for God with each passing day. 
The concept that God actually wants to bless us and is just waiting for us to ask Him for blessings (Matt. 7:7, James 1:5, John 14:14,) isn’t a new one, but sometimes I forget and it’s good to be reminded. Just like a parent enjoys giving gifts to their grateful children, God wants to give gifts to us. That is really exciting to think about.
This book talks a lot about how we as God’s children should pray for specific ways to be blessed so that we and turn can go and bless others. It also tells quite a few stories of very clear and amazing answers to those requests. When we pray the Prayer of Jabez we can’t just sit back and relax, we then have to jump out and grab the opportunities that God gives to us. 
Conclusion 

I’m so glad I picked this book up and read it again. In the back of the book is a challenge to pray the prayer for 30 days (the author has been praying it for over 30 years!) and record the changes that take place in my life during that time. I am accepting the challenge and look forward to giving y’all an update in the future. 
I want to make sure that y’all get the point that praying this isn’t about me (us) at all. Instead it’s about opening up my life to be used by God. It’s all about Him and asking Him to work through my life to bring Him honor and glory. 
Rating 

I’m giving The Prayer of Jabez five stars and I recommend it to everyone. I really don’t feel like this book review did the book justice so please, go out and buy it and read it for yourself. 
About the Author 

Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson is the founder and president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, an international organization dedicated to providing the finest biblical teaching, tools, and training. His books include Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs30 Days to Experiencing Spiritual BreakthroughsThe Prayer of Jabez and many other books. Bruce and his wife, Darlene, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have three children.

My Sister Rocks // Equip World Relay

My sister Helena is doing some really amazingly cool!

Have you ever heard of Equip? Well, if not, why don’t you check it out? I’m not going to take the time to explain everything here, but here’s the synopsis: A large group of people are doing a walking relay from Atlanta, Georgia all the way down to Guatemala City, Guatemala to raise prayer support. Yes people, you read that right. It’s a couple thousand miles of walking.

Helena with John Hall, the man who organized the walk

My sister is doing the first nine or ten days of walking. Since they’re averaging 22 miles a day, that’s quite a bit of tread they’re burning!

Anyway, I thought I’d show you a snippet of the texts and pictures she’s sent us:

We’re way ahead of time. Finished our 15th mile taking a break. 
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We’re headed to the embassy now, there will be a couple TV stations and some other media there. 
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Thanks everyone!! I’m so happy to be (finally) at the hotel. We were delayed about an hour because of two different interviews. We’ll be on two tv channels tonight and in two or three papers tomorrow and Wednesday. I’m really enjoying chilling with ice on my knee. We treked over some crazy places without sidewalks. When we got to the end of the 22 miles they had blaring music and people holding signs and dancing – it was awesome!! (From the first day)
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So after getting chased by dogs yesterday while walking solo they gave me my very own case of mace. Not sure how I’d forgotten that item. 

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You can see a movie of when they reach a hundred miles here. My sister is the one in the middle. As you can probably tell, they were rather excited about their milestone, and with good reason, too!

You can see more pics here.

You can track their progress here.

And you can find out how to join them, either by walking or by praying, here