Excel in Prayer

Jabez prayer: “Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me…God granted him that which he requested” – 1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV)

Hands clasped together praying

The Encourager

Jabez’ most important characteristic was that he was known as a man of prayer. First, he called on God to bless him. He desired God’s very best for his life because if he was to be a blessing to others he must also seek God’s blessing on his own life.

His love and devotion to God give him a vision of an enlarged coast, souls without God. He had a heart full of compassion to reach them. Is the prayer of your life, “Enlarge my coast and give me a harvest of souls?”

Jabez prayed for the touch of God’s hand to be upon his life, guiding and directing him. “Oh that Thine hand might be with me.” Is the touch of His hand upon your life?

He prayed that he would be kept from evil so that he wouldn’t be grieved. Evil in his life would not only bring sorrow to God, but also to himself.

God honoured his humble prayer life and granted him that which he requested.

“Above all he excelled in prayer”. If God were to record the most important characteristic of your life, would it be your faithfulness in prayer?

We are all called to prayer – let us excel and avail ourselves to this ministry. Jesus is alive – He hears and answers prayer!

By Margie (Margaret) Willers
This devotion was taken from issue 15 in 1982


Margie (Margaret) Willers, our co-founder, went to be with the Lord on the 7th of February 2023,
aged 75 years. She lived her life in honour of God and in obedience to His call on her life. Margie
impacted many people, through her speaking, writing, co-founding of this ministry and anyone she




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