An Old Prayer for a New Year!
Steve N. Wagers
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
December 27. 2006
1. A Bolder Faith!
A) A Strange Man
B) A Successful Man
2. A Bigger Field!
A) His Approach to God
B) His Agenda with God
1) A Greater Place to Serve In
2) A Greater Power to Serve With
3) A Greater Protection to Serve By
3. A Brighter Future!
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."
S. D. Gordon said, "The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing, but it is the chief thing. The great people of earth are the
people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray."
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. A BOLDER FAITH!
A) A STRANGE Man
The name Jabez literally means, "Son of my sorrow", or "he will cause pain." What a strange name to give a child.
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 ...
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