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The Prayer of Jabez

The prayer of Jabez is found in a historical note within a genealogy: “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ 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 Chronicles 4:9-10).

Little is known of Jabez, other than he was a descendant of Judah, he was an honorable man, and his mother named him “Jabez” (meaning “sorrowful” or “sorrow-maker”) because his had been a painful birth. In his prayer, Jabez cries out to God for protection and blessing. Using a play on words, Jabez, the “man of sorrow,” asks God to keep him from that sorrow which his name both recalled and foreboded.

The prayer of Jabez contains an urgent request for four things: 1) God’s blessing. Jabez acknowledges that the God of Israel is the source of all blessing, and he asks…

എനിക്കായ് കരുതുന്നവന്‍....

എനിക്കായ് കരുതുന്നവന്‍
ഭാരങ്ങള്‍ വഹിക്കുന്നവന്‍ (2 )
എന്നെ കൈവിടാത്തവന്‍
യേശു എന്‍ കൂടെയുണ്ട് (2 )

പരീക്ഷ എന്‍റെ ദൈവം അനുവദിച്ചാല്‍
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എന്തിനെന്നു ചോദിക്കില്ല ഞാന്‍
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അവിടെ ഞാന്‍ ഏകനല്ല (2 )
വീഴുന്നത് തീയിലല്ല
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ഘോരമാം ശോധനയില്‍
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നടത്തുന്നതെശുവത്രേ
ഞാന്‍ അവന്‍ കരങ്ങളിലാ (2 ) (പരീക്ഷ....)

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അത് നന്നായ് അറിയുന്നു ഞാന്‍ (2 )
ദൈവം അനുകൂലം എങ്കില്‍
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Thanksgiving, The Language Of Heaven

A Characteristic of a Christian… Thankfulness should be a characteristic of a Christian. We should“always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”(Eph. 5:20). And“in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”(1 Thes. 5:18). Thankfulness ought to be genuine and come from the heart. This is in contrast to the godless who“neither glorify Him nor give thanks to Him”(Rom. 1:21). Give Thanks In All Circumstances… In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Paul tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances, because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We should be thankful for material blessings but we shouldn’t put them ahead of the God who bestowed those blessings on us. Our attitude should be to“seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all other things [food, clothing, shelter, ect.] will then be given to you as well”(Matt. 7:33) . Being thankful for good times is easy enough, but Paul tells us to be thankful in “all” cir…