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The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  39,846 ratings  ·  399 reviews

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

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Hardcover, 93 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Multnomah Publishers (first published April 24th 2000)
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Jason
Sep 12, 2007 Jason rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a good shim for a bookshelf or kitchen table...
This is pretty much the worst book I've ever read. I would've give it zero stars but then it would look like I didn't rate it. This book highlights what is wrong with modern American Christianity. "Dear God, please make me rich..." What a bunch of crap, and yes I read the entire thing. Prayer of Jabez serves a very big purpose in my life: I shoved it under the front of an old bookshelf so that it won't tip over forward, dumping out all of my good books.

Wilkinson is the biggest faux-scholar moron...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
It didn't take much time to send this book to its doomed destiny where it really belongs: the garbage can. I found it in a used bookstore where they give away free books which they get inundated with. I was so thrilled to get my own copy for free. I love always to read books on prayer. The book is very "American" and I mean here"American Christianity", Evangelical style where it is mere business, selling and marketing. Indeed, one doesn't swerve too much from the truth when one says that when Go...more
Niecy
I read this book in a couple of hours which is doable because its so short. Its small but mighty. After reading reviews on Goodreads, I can draw one conclusion. This book is for those who have reached some level of maturity on this walk. The idea that the message he is spreading is one of new day American Christianity is upsurd. The message he is spreading here is one I can totally identify with. There comes a distinct point in your walk where you desire more. Not more money, monetary gain could...more
David
I read this book about 10 or 12 years ago when my pastor at the time gave me a copy to read. At that time it seemed like everyone in the church was into Jabez and the book was passing hands like hot potatoes... but I guess I was a bit the odd ball because I just didn't like it. As one author put it so well:

"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
Leann
Apr 09, 2007 Leann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People of faith
For years I've put off reading this book because I thought it was just a prosperity message: "Pray this prayer, and you'll get everything you want!" But I was wrong.

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
Tammy
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
"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
Laura
It bothers me a lot when people try to predict God's behavior based on just one verse or passage. I felt like this book was promoting a mantra-style repetition of this prayer and telling people that God will act as a result. I felt like it was misleading, and I didn't enjoy the book at all.
Whitaker
Matthew 19:24
Mark 10:25
Luke 18:25
Shawn E.
I think this book is great. I have read the book multiple times. I have also read the reviews on this website. I find the negative reviews laughable. This book is not for those who are not destitute or not in lack (in some way) or who do not need God to enlarge your territory in any way. This book is for those who have experienced sorrow, who desire increase, who need practice in meditating on God's Word day and night. This book takes one Scripture and teaches the principles of meditating on eac...more
Jacob Aitken
It's easy to beat up Wilkinson this book. And maybe one should. I won't, though. Others have done it more thoroughly than I. For all of the silliness this book spawned, Wilkinson did catch on a real truth that many of his detractors missed: when you pray, you better pray in faith as though, wild thought it be, God will answer.

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
Kathy
I received this little book for Christmas from a friend. It's a quick and easy read. It's based on a couple verses in the Bible (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) about a man named Jabez and a prayer he gave. He uses the New King James Version and the verses go like this: 9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez,saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, tha...more
Michael d'Offay
Finally read this short book which has polarized the Christian community a number if years ago. I can see why many see its principles as basically an Americanized 'bless me' teaching but that would be unfair to the author. Yes it does deal much with personal blessing but the heart behind it is for the glory of God through God using us and 'enlarging our borders'.
All in all, definitely not anywhere near the extreme prosperity, name it and claim it teachings.
Not bad at all.
David
Sep 28, 2008 David added it
I don't remember anything beneficial from this book. This reminds me of traveling in third world countries. Sometimes, I would forget my roll of TP; however, I would usually have a book with me. Well you guessed it I would rip out a few pages in the back to use as TP.

This book would be good for that if you needed it in a bind.

Hooper
Albert Baltes
A good little book, but one that should be read by mature Christians. I think it would be easy to misinterpret Bruce's message. It can very easily be twisted into material gain and possession. But if approached with the right mindset, it is a very powerful little read, and it offers a fresh perspective to an individuals prayer life
Liz Linssen
A quick book to read that will challenge your level of obedience and expectations (at least it did mine!). If you are looking to bear greater fruit and receive more opportunities to be used by God, then this book will help you along.
Denise Lopez
Aug 08, 2007 Denise Lopez rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is on the brink of hopelessness
One of the best gifts I have received. A soul lifter when life presents itself hopeless. A word of caution...make sure you are ready when the abundant blessings pour and as prayers get answered....
David Sarkies
Dec 03, 2011 David Sarkies rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the recycling bin
Shelves: christian
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 work, 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 but takes a week.
The book looks at a single verse in the...more
Brittany


Wilkinson brings our attention to & breaks down a little prayer of a little-known man named Jabez. Jabez is only mentioned in two verses of the Bible. From the two verses, Wilkinson can write over 90 pages. I have this book three stars because there was a thing I loved about the book & something I didn't like so much.

First, I liked the simplicity of the prayer. It's based in scripture. Wilkinson does a great job of breaking it down for us and helping us make it applicable to our own li...more
Morgan
Read in one sitting. It is a good prayer, and good insight. However, I kept thinking it was like "The Secret." I think what bothered me about this book is that it guaranteed results, of course only if you really believe and follow through, see pg 87 "It's only what you believe will happen and therefore do next that will release God's power for you and bring about a life change." So if I start praying this and nothing happens then there is something wrong with me? I don't know if I quite like the...more
Matthew
Part of me wants to give this book a full five stars: I say a loud "amen!" to the idea of deepening our excitement/expectation/confidence in the mighty blessings God wants to bring into our lives. Often our prayers are too "small" because we underestimate the power that God works in and through us. In that sense, absolutely we should ask God for more ministry than we ever imagined handling. And I fully agree with the idea that if we open ourselves up in prayer, God can bring us unexpected and mi...more
Keith Bryan
This small book was simple to read, but it was also tough to get through. It points, rather glaringly, at the failure of most Christians to be willing to ask for God's blessings. I'm not talking money and cars and houses and private islands, but I am talking about the blessings one can receive from God FOR God. That sounds almost circular when you think of it that way, but God is all about being involved in His follower's lives and the primary role we are called to perform is to witness and spre...more
Rena Maureen
I have read this book several times and each time I get something different from it. What I like the most is not the book itself but that my mother's name is listed in the inside cover and my name is underneath hers. You see,my mom is the person who gave me this book years ago.
I hope one day to pass along the book to one of my 3 daughters and see their name(s) listed under ours. That said ,I like the encouragement Wilkinson gives as he makes you realize if you say your God's child and really be...more
Angelmanica
I read this book in one sitting. I liked it because I believe in the power of prayer and the author cited many examples on how amazing God answered several of his. Although I don't think the prayer found in the book has power in itself, but the desire coupled with that prayer which is heard by He who hears us when we pray for He knows what's in our heart and I believe that if we are really willing to be used by God, we would truly be able to see His favor unfold in our lives as we seek to do His...more
Andrew Glos
This was so close to a Christianized version of "The Secret" it should be sold under New Thought or New Age. While it is theoretically set up as an exposition and commentary on the Prayer of Jabez, that's mostly just the chapter headings. Primarily, it's a collection of anecdotes by the author of how amazing his life is for using this prayer every day, or how amazing he's made other peoples lives because he uses the prayer. In between, he slips in how amazing he's heard other peoples lives becam...more
Lisa Alexa
At the time, this was a hot seat. And I feel God used him to look outside your proverbial box of life and Bruce used this gift book for a motivator and at the very least shed light on a very reticent character within the people God choose as people to study and have you pray about as to why and what.

I remember this book generated many "kitschy" trinkets like rocks, and bracelet along with special book markers, etc. .

Please note that , I feel almost foolish , studying my daily one a day bible a...more
Brenda
Great food for spiritual thought. Overall reading a section a day would help me contemplate how I approach prayer, what I pray for, do I trust in answers, should I pray differently, etc.

I'm grateful that I've been taught to thank Heavenly Father for my blessings, pray for others, ask for things I need; contemplate; be patient/quiet to hear answers. Answers have come from other people, inspiration telling me to call/do/find, seeking knowledge/finding spiritual answers.

I question the wisdom of pr...more
Wade
Aug 26, 2007 Wade rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: prayer
I really cannot recommend this book. I feel that it tries to put forth a formula that you can exercise and force God to give you all the things you want in life. It also promotes a two-tier Christian life: where some Christian's have broken through to the better life and other sub-Christians have not attained this. It's easy to jump on a best seller and say it's not good, but none-the-less I don't think this is a very good book.
Marcia
This book is life changing. I read it some time ago, and have been picking it up the last couple of days and rereading parts. It reminds me of what I believe God wants of us--to rely on him totally. I have experienced the widening of the scope of my influence as a Christian as a result of praying the prayer of Jabez. Bless me, enlarge my territory and do not let me hurt anyone. What a great prayer.
John
An interesting premise, but one that could have been explored in ten pages or so. People who think this book is all about how to pray your way to wealth and luxury are missing the point entirely. The point is that people should be more receptive to God's will for their lives. Unfortunately, Wilkinson's writing is horrible and annoying, and I'm not sure how well he really backs up his claims.
Gilbert George
Sep 02, 2008 Gilbert George rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
This book is an example of everything that is wrong with modern American Chri$tianity. The focus on self and the corruption of the purpose of prayer mixed with the occultic affirmations (repeating something over and over makes it happen) makes this one your basic heresy. Can we get negative ratings, I would give this one 5 black holes.
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Bruce Wilkinson is recognized as one of the world's foremost Christian teachers and speakers. But he is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, The Prayer of Jabez, and other bestsellers including A Life God Rewards, Secrets of the Vine, and The Dream Giver. He is the founder of WorldTeach, a global initiative to train Bible teachers in every nation. Wilkinson also founded Dr...more
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