A Prayer for the Ages by Steve Wagers

A Prayer for the Ages
Steve N. Wagers
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
December 28, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. His AMBITION before the Lord!
A) A Strange Man!
B) A Successful Man!
2. His PETITION to the Lord!
A) His Humble Approach!
B) His Heavenly Agenda!
1. A Greater Place to Serve In
2. A Greater Power to Serve With
3. A Greater Protection to Serve By
3. His CONDITION from the Lord!
A) A Prayer that God Heard!
B) A Prayer that God Honored!

Corrie Ten Boom, "When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy."

A couple was touring the capitol in Washington, DC, and the guide pointed out a tall, benevolent gentleman as the congressional chaplain. The lady asked, "What does the chaplain do? Does he pray for the Senate or The House?" The guide answered, "No, he gets up, looks at both houses of Congress, then prays for the country!"

The prayer of Jabez is a prayer for a new year, or any year. It is a prayer for the ages.


1. His AMBITION before the Lord!

A. A STRANGE Man

Jabez: "son of my sorrow", or "he will cause pain"

B) A SUCCESSFUL Man

How could a man with such a strange name achieve such successful notoriety?

It seems that how he appeared to man, was not how he appeared to God. Although his name meant "sorrow" on Earth, his name spoke of "splendor" in Heaven.

It reminds us that God can take our disadvantages and use them to His advantage. God can take our liabilities to magnify His ability. Our handicaps need not hurt, harm or hinder our spiritual progress with the Lord.
G. Campbell Morgan preached a trial sermon on May 2, 1888 in a large British Methodist church. He received word from the church that they were not even considering him as pastor. Morgan felt totally rejected and utterly humiliated. He sent a telegram home to his father that read only one word: REJECTED! His father ...


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