an uneventful time in Israel's history, a faithful man named
Jabez prayed a simple, straightforward prayer and gained the
favor and blessings of God. Now, a small book has prompted
millions of saints and seekers to memorize and repeat the
same prayer daily. After three thousand years of obscurity,
Jabez has found surprising favor with the world.
what's the problem with promoting a Biblical prayer that God
honored in His Word? After all, our Lord delights in the prayers
of His saints -- all the daily thanks, praises and petitions
that turn our hearts to Him in faith, worship and surrender.
Using Bible verses as a basis for prayer and worship is a
wonderful habit. Why be concerned?
this book -- not Jabez' prayer -- promises rewards from God
that God doesn't promise in the Bible. While author Bruce
Wilkinson enriches the meaning of Jabez' prayer in the rest
of his book, the first part (many readers go no further) seems
to put the book into the unbiblical realm of the "name it
claim it" movement. Consider the opening words:
this book is one indicator of the condition of the church
today; it reflects the desire for many to share in His glory,
just like Adam and Eve did 6,000 years ago. Today, we don't
want to submit to God;
we want to be God"
by Bill Koenig