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Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
– 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV)
Though this prayer has been wrongly portrayed in recent literature, there is a powerful story within it. Jabez was born in less than ideal circumstance. He was a source of pain to his mother and his brothers had lifestyles that would drag others down. But Jabez cried out to the God who was above his circumstances and God lifted Jabez up. Your surroundings and your past are not the final word. God is ready to lift you up from your current situation to a higher place.
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