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The prayer of Jabez : breaking through to the blessed life

by Bruce Wilkinson

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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 who finds a box of blessings that they didn't ask for and therefore didn't receive. If we follow this thread to its logical conclusion, we would spend every waking minute listing all of the possible blessings we can think of in case God has one of them in store for us that might be missed if we don't speak it into existence.....

This book is another method approach to spirituality yet in reality there are no short-cuts (http://christianmissionaryuk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/what-is-best-shortcut-to-spi...)

The author claims to have lived a blessed life since beginning to pray this prayer but how can he possibly know whether his blessings can be attributed to this prayer or not? The Bible makes it clear that good things/blessings will fall on the righteous and wicked alike....

Don't waste your time with this. It is little different to casting spells or speaking positive words over someone or saying abracadabra. Unbelievable once again that Christians buy into this stuff.....Please just read your Bible and pray every day, it is a discipline, one that cannot be mastered in just under an hour or in less than 100 pages of incantations....

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  sparkleandchico | Jun 2, 2017 |
Presents an examination of the prayer of Jabez and discusses the changes that occurred in the author's his life after he decided to follow Jabez's example and ask God to bless him.
  lifespringworc | Apr 13, 2007 |
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To all who -- like those Christians in the book of Acts -- look at who they are now and who they'll never be, and what they can do now and what they'll never be able to do...and still ask God for the world.
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The little book you're holding is about what happens when ordinary Christians decide to reach for an extraordinary life--which, as it turns out, is exactly the kind God promises.
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