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Lord, Keep Me From Evil (5 of 6)
The Prayer of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
1. I read about a fellow that had a problem finding a
parking space. He finally parked in a no parking zone
and left a note on his windshield that read: "I've
circled the block for 20 minutes. I'm late for an
appointment and if I don't park here I'll lose my job.
Forgive us our trespasses." When he returned later
that evening he found a parking ticket on his
windshield and a note that read: "I've circled the
block for 20 years and if I don't give you a ticket,
I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."
2. As we come to the fourth and final petition of the
prayer of Jabez, we find that he in essence prayed,
"Lead me not into temptation." In his prayer there
were four particular things for which he prayed:
* He prays that God would bless him indeed.
* He prays that God would enlarge his coast.
* He prays that the hand of God would be with Him
* He prays that God would keep him from evil.
3. In my opinion, the fourth petition of his prayer is
the most important of the four things for which he
prayed. Whether or not he experienced the first three
things depended on whether or not he was kept from
evil. If he was to be blessed indeed, he had to be
kept from evil. If he wanted his coasts enlarged, he
had to be kept from evil. If he wanted God's hand to
be with him, he had to be kept from evil.
4. If the prayer of Jabez has taught us anything it is
that God wants to do great and mighty things for us,
with us, by us, and through us. Yet, if we are not
kept from evil, none of these things will be
5. R.A. Torrey once gave a prescription for revival
that he guaranteed would bring revival to any city or
community. He outlined several things that would be
required, the first being that a few people, and it
need no be many, get thoroughly right with God. He
added emphasis to this point by ...
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