“Discovering Your Divine Destiny”

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, ’Oh that thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and thou would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!’ And God granted him that which he requested”-I Chronicles 4:10

The “Prayer of Jabez” has been widely quoted and prayed by believers around the world. One of the reason why Jabez is so popular with many people is because he is a person that most of us can relate to. Jabez means “born in pain”. Jabez had experienced the pains and struggles of life and through those struggles God used them in fulfilling His divine destiny. We see that Jabez looked to God for his purpose and destiny. Likewise, God has a destiny and purpose for you using the pains and struggles of life to fulfill His plan and purpose.

In his prayer, Jabez looked to God and made four specific requests:

  • Bless Me Indeed
  • Enlarge My Territory
  • Let Your Hand Be With Me 
  • Keep Me From Evil

Jabez desired that God’s favor and blessing be upon his life. In other words, his request was for a personal blessing. To ask God’s blessing is to ask Him to bestow divine favor. There is nothing wrong with requesting God to bless us specifically. The Psalmist did. He prayed, “Save your people, and bless your inheritance” (Psalms 28:9)

Sometimes, we have the tendency to think that God does not want to bless our life. However, the opposite is true. God wants to bless you abundantly because He is a God of blessing. Often, we have not because we ask not.

Of special interest is Jabez’ second request, “Enlarge my territory”. You see, Jabez desired something bigger and larger than himself. He wanted growth in his own life and growth in a much larger sphere.

Jabez was not satisfied with mediocrity, nor was he content to live in the status quo. Complacency was unacceptable to this man. Jabez was thinking exponentially, meaning larger than what he could think or imagine. He did not want his destiny, but he wanted God’s divine destiny.

The starting point of discovering your divine destiny begins with prayer. Jabez began with prayer as he sought and depended upon Almighty God. As we start with prayer, the Holy Spirit will put a passion in our hearts that we are not content with where we are, but we want more. God is a God of abundance. Ask God to enlarge your vision and see what God sees for your life.

Notice, Jabez’ prayer was that God’s hand would be upon him. When you think of hand, you think of guidance. As Jabez sought God and as you seek God, He will lead and guide you into His plan and destiny and keep you from all harm.

Finally, the scriptures said that God granted his request. The Lord has promised us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). God has said that He will hear and respond to the prayers of His people. Therefore, we can trust Him to answer our prayers by providing what He knows best, and that we are in harmony with His will and divine destiny.

During August, I am preaching a series on discovering God’s divine destiny. I encourage you to join us as we seek God’s divine destiny and for His blessing and favor in enlarging our vision to see God’s plan for our lives.

Until then, let us continue. . . Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,
Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson