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The Prayer of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
1. I recently read about a man named Connor O'Reilly.
He was a poor Irishman of the last century who dreamed
of emigrating to America. His dream came true when
someone bought him a ticket for an ocean liner that
would take him to America. The day he boarded, he took
the few shillings that he had and bought a few loaves
of bread and stuffed them into his tattered suitcase.
During the week the ship was at sea, O'Reilly would
slip away to his berth and pull out his bread and eat
a bit. He carefully watched what he ate so as to make
sure it would last him for the entire trip and the
first few days he was in America. He would walk by
the dining room and stare through the windows watching
the other passengers eating gourmet meals.
2. The evening before the ship was to dock in New
York, a man asked O'Reilly to join him for the evening
meal. He blushed a bit and said, "Ah, many thanks to
you, but I don't have any money." The man said, "What
are you talking about? You don't need any money to eat
in the dining room. Your ticket to board the ship was
also your ticket to the ship's dining room. You've had
three wonderful meals a day already paid for since you
3. There are many believers that are their way to
heaven, yet are failing to enjoy many of the wonderful
things God has provided for them in their salvation.
They are eating bread in their berth when they could
be sitting in God's dining room enjoying a wonderful
meal. D.L. Moody used to describe it as traveling to
heaven second class when you had a first class ticket.
4. Jabez was not such a Christian. He realized that he
had a first class ticket and he was not going to
travel second class. He was a believer that realized
he had the privilege of eating in the dining room
instead of hiding in a berth nibbling on a loaf of
bread. H ...
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