Prayer For Special Grace
Study 4 THE PRAYER FOR TRUE PROSPERITY — Words of Life Ministries
GREAT PRAYERS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT by Francis Dixon
Scripture Portion: 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10
In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 we read of Jabez who was a man of prayer. There is no doubt at all that he prayed for others, but the particular emphasis that is made in these two verses is that he prayed for himself.
It is not selfish to pray for ourselves, for it is only as we are blessed that we can be made a blessing to others. It was when Jabez prayed for true prosperity, and the Lord answered that prayer, that he could be made a great blessing to other people.
A careful study of the prayer of Jabez shows us that it contained four characteristics.
- (1) Jabez prayed intelligently. We are told that he ”cried out to the God of Israel” - that is to say, the Covenant God, the true and living God. It is quite evident that Jabez had been instructed in the school of prayer, and therefore his prayer was informed and intelligent. Very much prayer is unintelligent and is therefore unprofitable (example in Luke 18:11-12). The fundamental condition of prayer is that we must know God as our loving Heavenly Father - look up Matthew 6, and compare verses 6 and 9.
- (2) Jabez prayed earnestly. Notice the intensity of his prayer. This is evident as he cried out to the Lord. He did not simply say, ”Lord, bless me!” but “Oh, that you would bless me… !” We cannot fail to sense the reality and the passion that are present in this earnest cry to God. This must surely challenge us, for often we pray passionless, half-hearted prayers, and is it any wonder that such prayers do not reach the Throne of Grace? - look up Genesis 32:26, and compare Luke 11:5-10 and Luke 18:1-8.
- (3) Jabez prayed definitely. He knew what he wanted and he asked for what he wanted; there was nothing haphazard about his praying. His prayer was preceded by careful thought and meditation, and when he came to the moment of presenting his petition he was able to make his request in clearly defined terms. How important it is to be definite when we pray! - look up 1 Samuel 1:10-11.
- (4) Jabez prayed effectually. When Jabez prayed, “God granted his request”. There is tremendous encouragement in these words, for the God of Jabez is our God, and just as God answered this man’s prayer so He has pledged His word to do the same for us – look up and compare Jeremiah 33:3; Mark 11:24; John 15:7 and James 4:2.
These, then, are the four characteristics of this amazing prayer that Jabez offered for himself. Now notice from this prayer of Jabez how to pray that God will give you true prosperity. In verse 10 we are told that Jabez prayed for four things. They are clearly mentioned, and we cannot do better than follow this man’s example and pray as he prayed:-
1. We should pray for Grace.
Jabez prayed, “Oh, that you would bless me… !” What did he mean by this request? Every believer is already wonderfully blessed (Ephesians 1:3); but surely Jabez was praying for God’s blessing that he might be the man God wanted him to be - see what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:10.
We can only be what God wants us to be by His grace; therefore let us pray for grace, and there is plenty of grace available (2 Corinthians 9:8). In 1 Chronicles 4:9 there is the hint of a possible reason why Jabez needed special grace, for his name means ’Sorrowful’.
Perhaps there was some secret tragedy concerning his birth, but whatever it was he needed grace, and of course he received it, just as we will receive the grace we need (2 Corinthians 12:9).
2. We should pray for Growth.
How beautiful it is to hear Jabez saying to the Lord, “Oh, that you would …enlarge my territory!” - compare 2 Peter 3:18. Many Christians are content to remain in a state of spiritual babyhood (1 Corinthians 3:1-2).
We need to pray that the Lord will enlarge our territory, increase our capacity, deepen our faith, inflame our love, give us more opportunities, make us more usable and conform us more to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). It is a very costly thing to ask the Lord to enlarge your territory as undoubtedly it will mean testing, for it is by testing that we grow.
Without testing we remain dwarfs, we remain flabby and ineffective, but if the Lord is to make us strong for Him we must be tested (1 Peter 1:7).
3. We should pray for Guidance.
Jabez prayed …”Let your hand be with me.” The hand of God is an expression that denotes the power of the living God in action (Ezra 7:9), and compare Psalm 139:5. God wants us to live a guided life (Psalm 37:23). He has made provision for our lives to be ‘ordered’, as Whittier has expressed it so beautifully:-
- “Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress: And let our ordered lives confessThe beauty of Thy peace.”
How glorious it is when striving, strain and stress are taken our lives and when, because the hand of the Lord is with us and upon us, we are able to live ordered lives and experience the beauty of His peace!
4. We should pray for Godliness.
Jabez prayed that God would keep him from evil, “that it may not grieve me” (KJV), or, “that it might not spoil my life.” What a prayer to pray! It reminds us of 2 Timothy 4:18 and, thank God, the Lord is able to deliver us from evil and to enable us to live a life that is glorifying to Him, a life that is pure, holy and Christ-!
In verse 9 Jabez is described as God’s ”honourable man”. Why is this? What is the secret of becoming one of God’s honourable ones? The secret is - prayer, much prayer and more prayer – look up 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
12 Best Novena Prayers for Special Favors
Novena prayers are known for being very powerful in helping with specific problems. If your life is seeking urgent help, recite one of these novena prayers for special favors to help.
O Most Blessed Mother, Heart of Love, Heart of Mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus, your Son.
Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially …(special intention). We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer.
We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother,to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.
O, Most Holy Heart of Jesus, Fountain of Every Blessing, I adore Thee, I love Thee and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer Thee this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Thy Will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in Thee and for Thee.
Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Thy blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within Thy Heart I place my every care.
In every need let me come to Thee with humble trust saying,
Heart of Jesus help me.
O Lord Jesus Christ, to Your Most Sacred Heart I confide this intention (Here mention your request).
Only look upon me, then do what Your Heart inspires …Let Your Sacred Heart decide …I count on it …I trust in it …I throw myself on its Mercy …
Lord Jesus, You will not fail me. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your Love for me. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your Kingdom Come. O Sacred Heart of Jesus I have asked for many favours, but I earnestly implore this one.
Take it, place it in Your Sacred Heart. When the Eternal Father sees it covered with Your Precious Blood, He will not refuse it. It will be no longer my prayer but Yours. O Jesus, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You. Let me never be confounded.
O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother,
penetrated with the most lively confidence in your all-powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal,
we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls, and the souls for whom we pray.
(Here form your petition)
You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son who hates iniquity.
Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory.
Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of angels and of men.
O Splendour of the Heavenly Father, in Whose face shines the Light of the Divinity. I adore You profoundly and I confess You a the true Son of the Living God. I offer You, O Lord, the humble homage of all my being, Grant that I may never separate myself from You, my highest goal.
O Child Jesus, Whose forehead is adorned with a crown, I accept You as my absolute sovereign, I do not wish to serve any longer the evil one, my passions, or sin. Reign, O Jesus over this poor heart and make it all Yours forever.
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body, to You, Eternal Spirit of God.
I adore the brightness of Your Purity, the unerring keenness of Your Justice, and the might of Your Love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am.
I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You.Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your Light, and listen to Your Voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring his opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You.
Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth.”
Come, Father of the poor! Come, treasures which endure!
Come, Light of all that live!
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, fill me with devotion to God alone. In the Risen Christ, I welcome You, O Spirit of truth, whom the Father sends in Jesus’ name. Wash clean the sinful soul, and rain down Your grace that we may be one with the Church in fidelity to our Lord Jesus, Christ.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father, Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit, Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Thou, of all consolers, best, Visiting the troubled breast
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. God, our Father, may I, through the grace of Your Spirit, be forever filled with filial affection for You. Grant that I may be inspired to love and respect all members of Your family as brothers and sisters of Jesus, who, together with him, call you Abba, Father.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be To The Father, Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit, Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, my Saviour I have so often deserved to be cast into hell how great would be my suffering if I were now cast away and obliged to think that I myself had caused my damnation. I thank Thee for the patience with which Thou hast endured me.
My God, I love Thee above all things and I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee because Thou art infinite goodness. I will rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of perseverance. Have pity on me and at the same time on those blessed souls suffering in Purgatory.
Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.
Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below.
Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you. You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you.
You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are specially powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants.
Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Father, All Powerful and Ever-Living God, during the Holy Season of Lent You call us to a closer union with Yourself. Help me to prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with mind and heart renewed.
Give me a Spirit of Loving reverence for You, Our Father, and of willing service to my neighbor.
As I recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ, bring the image of Your Son to perfection within my soul.This great season of grace is Your gift to Your family to renew us in spirit. Give me strength to purify my heart, to control my desire, and so to serve You in freedom.
I ask for the grace to master my sinfulness and conquer my pride. I want to show to those in need Your Goodness to me in being kind to all.
Through my observance of Lent, help me to correct my faults and raise my mind to You, and thus grow in holiness that I may deserve the reward of everlasting life.
In Your Mercy grant me this special favor.
(Mention Your Request)
The days of the life-giving Death and glorious Resurrection
of Jesus Christ, Your Son, are approaching. This is the hour when He triumphed over Satan’s pride, the time when we celebrate the great event of our redemption. The suffering and death of Your Son brought life to the whole world, moving our hearts to praise Your Glory.
The power of the Cross reveals Your judgment on this world and the Kingship of Christ Crucified. Father, through His love for us and through His Sufferings, Death and Resurrection, may I gain eternal life with You in heaven.
Here is one novena to Saint Joseph seeking help for the souls. Asking for grace is just one way to cure your ailment.
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