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The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life

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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

Hardcover, 93 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Multnomah Publishers (first published April 24th 2000)
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Natalie Vellacott
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian-living
I got as far as page 20 in this "Christian" best seller, then I read the following

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
Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 12, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Douglas Wilson
A former student asked me about this book, which I had never read. So I read it. There really are some worthwhile things in here. Once you discount for the evangelical cheese, which is certainly there (let us be frank), the principles outlined are perfectly biblical and orthodox. This is no "blab it grab it" book. I am now inclined to think the send up we published some years ago (The Mantra of Jabez) was not entirely fair to Wilkinson.
♥ 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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Patty Hearts Dave
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Shawn E.
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Liz Linssen
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Matthew 19:24
Mark 10:25
Luke 18:25
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Our church read this together. We cannot manipulate God. This book is more on the focus of what can I get than on who God is. Yes God does want to bless us, however, our blessing is from our relationship with Christ and in Christ.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was a great little book about a prayer that little known Jabez (from 1 Chronicles in the Old Testament) had spoken. For those not aware, that particular Chapter is a litany of begats-- literally the genealogy of the various tribes of Israel, then the narrator stops during the list to focus on Jabez. Jabez was one of the least of his tribe, and according to the custom, had been named what according to what his parents wished for his destiny, and they obviously did not expect m ...more
I would give this book negative stars, if allowed. This is a book full of my pet peeves. Taking a remote scripture and turning it into a “name it and claim it” theology to live by. We aren’t Jabez. This scripture isn’t for us to claim more “territory”. If you have this book, don’t donate it. Throw it out. Don’t be complicit in promoting bad theology.
Michael d'Offay
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-living
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.
Denise Lopez
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: the recycling bin
Recommended to David by: One of my pastors
Shelves: christian
How to butcher the Bible with one easy verse
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
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Picked up a cheap copy somewhere. In his review of this book, Doug Wilson says that it's not as bad as many people say. He's right. There's not even a whisper of materialism here; it's certainly no "name it and claim it" book. Tim Challies's review is just bad.

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 brie
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
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a nice and easy read - I found it very encouraging
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
“The Prayer of Jabez” is one of the most successful books ever published by an Evangelical Christian minister. While there are a few minor good things that this book brings to the table, overall it is a work of terrible theology that leads to an even worse spirituality.

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
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is a maddening simplification of prayer - at best. I wish I had the knowledge to really tear apart his theology, which basically treats prayer as a means to personal success. He may state that prayer is to ultimately accomplish God’s will, but in this book it seems that is always equivalent to our prosperity. He pays lip service to some of the more complex questions about prayer by stating (once!) that you must be prepared for whatever way God chooses to answer your prayers, but only g ...more
Abraham Mathew
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Prosperity gospel sucks. This one sucks the most.
Samantha Kurtz
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
A friend recommended this book to me, knowing that prayer has always been a struggle for me. So I thought I’d give this short book (92 pages) a go.

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
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not the first time that I have read this book, but it is worth being read multiple times. The prayer of Jabez itself is relatively short. This book is also short yet it is full of wisdom and insight and, yes, remarkable. Breaking Through to the Blessed Life is a good subtitle. I had not previously submitted a book review or rated The Prayer of Jabez, so as I was 'once again' reading the inspirational writing, I decided to do so.
Sep 28, 2008 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.

Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Don't get excited. Nothing in the prayer of Jabez is different than what you've been praying to God for your whole life. Only Wilkinson makes the audacious claim that God always answers the prayer of Jabez! This book seems to make God out to be a soda machine who is just waiting to act if we put in our quarters. It is rather self-centered.
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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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