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Preview — The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce H. Wilkinson
The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life
Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, president of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, takes readers to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God's miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of us. The life of Jabez, one of the Bible's most overlooked heroes of the faith, bursts from unbroken pages of genealogies in an audacious, four-part prayer that bri...more
What counts is knowing who you want to be and asking for it
I totally disagree with this statement, since when has the Christian life been about what we want rather than what God wants and has in mind for us? The author suggests that we can access God's blessings by ritually praying certain words connected to Jabez, a little known Bible character. He even tells a story about someone seemingly on a tour of heaven wh ...more
"For Wilkinson, the prayer of Jabez has become the secret to success in every endeavor. God is viewed as a butler who responds in a mechanical manner when certain words are recited."
The book m ...more
Wilkinson is the biggest faux-scholar moron ...more
"Oh that you would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain!"
So God granted him what he requested.
This is a verse in the New King James Version of the Bible from 1 Chronicles 4:10. It seems almost misplaced with the more than 500 names of the Hebrew family tree. Bruce Wilkinson explains that Jabez means "pain." Name meanings were a big thing in Jabez's t ...more
Instead I found a book written by someone who has a deep walk with God and who is committed to helping others develop a relationship with Him.
When discussing the part of the prayer of Jabez that asks God to expand his territory, the emphasis was on asking God to expand your ministry, not on expanding your stuff.
Overall, I found thi ...more
And Wilkinson did not necessarily say life will be peaches and puppies afterwards. He said God will prune you to make you bear more fruit (not sure how his exegesis of Joh ...more
All in all, definitely not anywhere near the extreme prosperity, name it and claim it teachings.
Not bad at all.
3 December 2011
Okay, this is a very short book, but I tell you what, you can get more out of watching paint dry than actually reading this book. Somehow I get the impression that Wilkinson prayed the prayer in this book, decided to then write a book about how it works, and made a mint doing so. In these days of instant gratification a small book that takes five minutes to read is going to be much more popular than a book that actually addresses issues ...more
Opening line of the book: “I want to teach you how to pray a daring prayer that God always answers.” ….. Well that’s a bold statement.
Now I’m not going to bash this book by any means. There’s some good stuff in it. Before I delve into my ambivalence of this book, let’s start with the points that encouraged me.
The Prayer of Jabez focuses on a single p ...more
This book would be good for that if you needed it in a bind.
Let’s focus first on the positive aspects of “Jabez”. “The Prayer of Jabez” is a call to prayer, and it encourages the reader to pray. This, in itself, is a very good thing. Often I am amazed at the attitude of some Evangelical Ch ...more
6: "ask God for the world"
7: Jabez's prayer is one sentence with four parts
Chapter 1: Little Prayer, Giant Prize
9: Wilkinson went to seminary in Dallas
9-10: a gimper is someone who goes beyond expectations
13: Jabez appears as a brief story in the middle of a genealog ...more
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