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Bruce Wilkinson's runaway bestseller, The Prayer of Jabez, is based on the prayer of a little-known Old Testament character. In I Chronicles 4:9-10 we find, And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, and it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
The book is a concise commentary on these verses, well illustrated with stories of answered prayer and deepened devotion from Wilkinson's own life. The book is profitable for both personal and group study.
Perhaps a caveat concerning the use of this prayer would be in order. Many theologians have criticized a certain wing of the Christian church for its unbiblical and almost superstitious use of the Lord's Prayer. Some Christians have believed that th...