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The Prayer of Jabez
Be careful! Success can dull your sense of dependence and make you
presumptuous. It can give you a wrong (and dangerous) view of your own strength.
That’s why Jabez prayed, ‘Lord, when I’m successful, keep me from harm.’ One
fourth of the Lord’s Prayer is asking for protection. David and Solomon didn’t get
Lord never let me be
into trouble until they became kings.
so confi dent in my
Wise up! Someone has said, ‘Danger is not being on the edge of the precipice, it’s
ability that I forget
being unwatchful there.’ Too many of us ‘blow it’ because we think we’re immune to there is an enemy out
the pitfalls that claim others. You’re no match for the devil! He approached Adam
there. Keep my heart
and Eve at the peak of their performance and crushed them with one conversation.
close to Yours Lord
Stay out of places you shouldn’t be in! Watch for things that feed your carnal
and keep me as Jabez
nature! Refuse to walk with those who are not going God’s way!
prayed away from
Harm. Lord ensure
Bruce Wilkinson tells of a Roman gladiator in big trouble. Somehow he’s dropped
that any success
his sword and the enraged lion, seeing its opportunity, is in mid-lunge, jaws wide
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open. In horror the gladiator tries to fl ee. The caption reads, ‘Sometimes you can’t credited by people to
afford to come in second!’ The best strategy for defeating a roaring lion is to stay
my relationship with
out of the arena. That’s why Jabez’s fi nal request in prayer was, ‘Lord, keep me from
You. When I meet
harm.’ You need to pray that prayer today too!
people Lord, help me
fi nd out what makes
them tick Lord, that
Before You Pass Judgement
before I write them
off, I could share this
prayer of Jabez with
TITUS 3:2. them too.
Did you hear about the two taxidermists who stopped to look at an owl which was ‘I came across
on display in a window? Immediately the criticism started. Its eyes weren’t natural;
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its wings weren’t in proportion to its head; its feathers weren’t properly arranged.
Today. It really
Just as they started to walk away the owl turned its head and winked at them!
changed my life’
Before you pass judgement ask yourself these questions: Have I waited long
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I’ve heard? Am I eager to believe the best or think the worst? If mistakes have been
made, do I feel that gives me the upper hand? If so, what am I going to do about
it? What would Jesus do? Will my actions add to the problem or to the solution? If
the situation was reversed and I was on the other end, what would I need? Am I
magnifying something which, in a month or two, will make little or no difference but
could hurt my future relationship with this person?
Listen carefully to this verse: ‘Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticise
their faults - unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those
who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll fi nd life a lot
easier’ (Luke 6:37 TM). Now, there are words to live by!
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