Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Mother’s Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:9-10
At birth something caused the mother of Jabez to have an ominous feeling about the future for her son.  She named him Jabez which translates, “one who causes pain” or, “to grieve or be sorrowful.”   While the mother of Jabez may not be the poster child of motherhood, the prayer of Jabez contains the very things a mother would pray for her child. Is it not possible that the mother of Jabez could have taught him how to pray to avoid what she felt was facing him in life?
A Mother’s Heartfelt Prayer…

I. God, Bless My Child … bless me indeed

To bless someone is to invite God’s favor on them.

A mother desires that her children feel blessed.

·      To be blessed is to feel valued and loved.

·      To be blessed is to know uniqueness and have identity.

·      To be blessed is to feel secure and safe.

II. God, Help My Child be Significantenlarge my territory

“Significant”: having meaning, influence or effect; important

A child who feels significant feels capable and can accomplish great things.

III. God, Keep My Child In Touch With You … that Your hand would be with me

Every mother should desire that their child be a spiritual individual.

Parents are often uncomfortable talking about weakness...and that is what talking about real faith is all about.

When left without spiritual power, the weakness of human nature consumes its host.

IV. God, Keep My Child Safe ... that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain

Home is the place I go to sort out the "stuff" in my life.

Nobody can do prevention to or for your family.

Parents lecture logically and kids listen emotionally.

Children are receptors and reflectors

80% of all behavior is modeled behavior.

Live what you want them to learn.

V. God, Answer My Prayer ... So God granted him what he requested.

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