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Important Background Information

The information on the prayer of Jabez came about after studying Dr. Bruce Wilkinson's book,
The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life (Multnomah: Sisters, Oregon, © 2000 by Bruce H. Wilkinson)
(written with the colaboration of David Kopp)

Dr. Wilkinson's enthusiasm for teaching the prayer of Jabez is akin to the drive many other godly pastors have in teaching their approach to living an active Christian lifestyle.  In his book, he uses the prayer of Jabez, found in 1 Chronicles 4:10, as a guide to praying actively.  Dr. Kopp has been using this prayer for 30 years as his guide.

Spiritual principles do not change with the passing of time.  Although this prayer was written well before Jesus' days walking the earth, it is still relevant today  Many others have come up with formulas for praying, such as following the Lord's prayer from Matthew chapter 6, or using the ACTS approach (Adoration - Confession - Thanksgiving - Supplication), or Seed Faith praying.  Many today are following the pattern of the Prayer of Jabez.

A noted television evangelist gave the book away to people who gave a donation of a certain size or more.
My pastor's wife heard the prayer taught recently at a women's retreat.
I heard this book being promoted regularily at Britt World Wide business meetings.

My Goal

My goal here is not to reprint Dr. Wilkinson's book.  There are two reasons for this.  One, it is copyright.  and two, as I read the book with excitement, many ideas from fifty years of living and 30 years of studying the scriptures as a believer, came to mind.  Besides, I still recommend you study the book personally.  It is only 90 pages long, about the same size as a standard pocket book size paperback, but with somewhat larger type.  Three or four hours of reading in an evening is all it takes to give this book the once-over.  But you won't want to read it just once.

What I will be presenting is my way of interpretating of 1 Chronicles 4: 9 & 10.  A believer with Bible college training and practical daay-to-day experience, Spirit filled and Holy Spirit baptized, I was raised in the Presbyterian church, born again while a student at Brock University (St. Catharines, ON, Canada), joined the Free Methodist church, and when I recently moved to Winnipeg, MB, I started attending two different church fellowships at the same time, one a Mennonite offshoot that follows the same path as Reba Place (Grain of Wheat Church Commnunity) and the other a quasi-pentacostal independent church (Mount Zion Community Church).  I am also a member of Full Gospel business Men's Fellowship, the Winnipeg Chapter.

All of the above means little except for those folk who like to check credentials.  However, you would be right if you would expect this presentation to have a holiness/charismatic approach.  My approach differs from Dr. Wilkinson's because I deal with the topic in eight parts, while he breaks the prayer into four.

So read his book


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Richard Galbraith

Winnipeg, MB
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