Prayer, Spiritual Digest — July 21, 2020 at 12:56 am

Recipe for Answered Prayers


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

Recipe for Answered Prayers
Recipe for Answered Prayers

The prayer of Jabez has made its rounds in books, talks, etc. People are always looking for recipes for success and since Jabez got God’s attention and his prayer was answered, we all want to replicate his principles with the hope that we will get the same result. It is not difficult to see why his prayer is incredibly attractive – he asked for Prosperity, Protection and Painlessness.

We all crave that as well. Majority of people who have prayed the Jabez prayer are yet to receive answers as he did. Why? They missed the preamble in verse 9 which states that Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. How? Read 1 Chronicles 1-9. It is basically a genealogical record. When it got to Jabez’s turn in chapter 4, God was compelled to add a special remark about him. Jabez did not seem to be a clan head or had anything that made him stand out. He was a simple humble, righteous, and God-fearing man above all others.

God takes delight in people like that and grants them the desires of their hearts.

If God called for the listing of people in your clan, neighborhood or even your church, will God be compelled to add a remark about you? What will it take for that to happen? Can you start living that way from today?


  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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