Basically, Jabez, whose name means “pain,” didn’t let the bad hand he was dealt keep him from calling out to God for great things. And y’know what, patriots? Neither should we.
Just because we’re in real pain as a nation doesn’t mean we roll up in the fetal position and wet our red, white and blue Pampers. Oh, heck no. Instead, we must go back to our roots, become a vocal and voting threat to all politicians, bolster our commitment to God and country, and pray what old Jabez prayed—namely, to be blessed, to have increased opportunities, to have His hand be with us and to be kept from evil.
Take the next 30 days or 30 years and put your personal prayers on the back burner and do this:
1. Pray to God that He would reverse this curse we’re under and leave a blessing instead.
2. Pray this land of opportunity we’ve inherited would continue to be a land of opportunity.
3. Pray that His mighty hand would be with us instead of against us.
4. And pray that the evil which is en vogue would cease to be that which characterizes our culture and would be replaced with that which is holy, just and good.
And maybe, just maybe, God will stay our execution and shed His grace on us again.
Please check out this music video that puts the above sentiments to song.
God help us.