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of Jabez, Another 'Wind
we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight
of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait
As more and more people
climb on the bandwagon to "receive God's Blessings,"
it is worthwhile to take a closer look at Bruce Wilkinson's,
"The Prayer of Jabez". I've had opportunity
to share why Wilkinson's teachings are false with friends and
family and have found that many are seriously lacking in
understanding on this issue, and also on what constitutes
Wilkinson, is founder and president of Walk
Thru the Bible Ministries. 1 "...Under his leadership,
Walk Thru the Bible's ministry has grown to include more than
4,000 Bible teaching seminars every year, numerous video
series translated into multiple languages, and a publishing
ministry which includes books, Bibles, and the distribution of
more than 100 million devotional magazines." "Walk
Thru the Bible is now the largest conductor of live seminars
on earth, religious or secular. And through WorldTeach, our
international outreach, we have created the largest faculty of
Bible teachers ever assembled."
Wilkinson, a much desired
speaker, is found at many ecumenical, neo-evangelical national
gatherings such as Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for
James Dobson's Focus on the Family, Promise Keepers,
the Navigators, the Fellowship of Companies for Christ, and
Christian Schools International, as well as BIOLA, Wheaton,
Mt. Hermon, the Christian Business Men's Committee, Moody
Bible Institute, and many others. James Dobson's endorsement
of The Prayer of Jabez has caused the book's sales to explode.
One Evangelical wrote,
"As far as daily prayer of this it is no different than
"thank you Lord for this food we are about to
receive" which is a 3 times a day prayer, or should
If one does thank God by rote--we can suggest that
it isn't necessarily done with heartfelt thanks. However, each
meal is a new blessing, so one cannot compare Jabez's prayer
"word for word" as being the same thing to begin
Many believe Wilkinson's
teaching provides the words to supply their wants. Among them
we see that a Jabez Foundation has been set up, " as a
501C non-profit organization."
Jabez Foundation: Receiving
God's Blessings and Enlarging Your Territory
"....We decided on 12
original "Jabez Prayer apostles," because of
Jesus' original 12 Apostles (Disciples). All who
daily pray the "Prayer of Jabez" will become
"Jabez Prayer apostles." The Greek
meaning of apostle, with a small "a," means
"a person sent forth," and it also refers to
"an early advocate or leader of a new reform
movement." Apostle, with a capital
"A", refers to one of the 12 original disciples of
Jesus. Thus, "Jabez Prayer apostles"
are sent forth and are committed to this "new reform
movement" of claiming the blessings for ALL GOD's
CHILDREN, including Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and
So... as you choose to be "Jabez Prayer apostles,"
your commitment is to pray "The Prayer of Jabez"
daily and to share the prayer and website with at least 12
Another Jabez advocate comes
Networks 3 which is intended to
"Expand your online territory", meaning website
creation, sales and so on. One could easily apply 2 Peter 2: 3
"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words
make merchandise of you:..." to this take on the prayer.
There are also now, "Prayer of Jabez Conferences."
We cannot build our theology upon one verse of
Wilkinson appeared on CNN's
Talkback Live which aired July 5, 2001 -1500 ET. Some
memorable quotes from the show titled, 'The Prayer of Jabez':
Is It OK to Ask God for What You Want?"
"BOBBIE BATTISTA, HOST: Is a lifetime of miracles there
for the asking? "The Prayer of Jabez," the No. 1
best-selling nonfiction book in the country, suggests yes.
Ask and you shall receive. And it even gives you the exact
words to say in the form of a daily prayer.
However, it warns, don't ask, and any blessings you might be
entitled to could be withheld. Spiritual reward or hocus
pocus? And what are you thinking of asking for?...Wouldn't
it be nice -- you pray for something and you get it? Sound
like magic, or the perfect prayer? A lot of people say it
works, and the magic words that attract God's blessings are
right there in "The Prayer of Jabez." The popular
and controversial best- seller insists that you only have to
ask for what's yours.
....WILKINSON: Well, there are four parts to the book,
and there are four parts to the prayer. And the first part
is saying, "would you please bless me," but the
other three aren't. ... and the first one is "bless
me."... -- "bless me" means make me, in a
sense, happy or fulfilled. And when a person is unhappy or
discontent, then the rest of the prayer just doesn't work
for them, because they're the ones who are needing to find
something to make their life more fulfilled.
So, Jabez starts out and says to God something very, very
unusual. He says to him: "Would you please bless
me," and then he puts a period there -- actually, an
exclamation point -- and never tells God how to bless him...
Let's stop here and note
that the KJV, which is from the uncorrupted texts, DOES
NOT stop there with a period or exclamation point as Wilkinson
states. Here's how it reads. Note that Jabez's vow starts with
the word "Oh" and ends with "grieve me!"
It is all one sentence.
And Jabez called on the
God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me
indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be
with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it
may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he
Continuing with Wilkinson
explaining why he's prayed this prayer for 30 years.
"....oh, I would love to be Jabez. I would love for
God to say about us, when it's all said and done, he was
more honorable than his brethren.
And I left that auditorium saying to myself, oh, boy,
whatever was the secret of Jabez, I wanted to find out what
it was. And I went right to the library, didn't go to the
next class, and got a book to study all of the verses in the
Bible about Jabez, and there weren't any. It was only one
verse. And that was the one that followed it. And it was
It says: "Jabez was more honorable and than his
brethren, and gave a prayer," and the next part of the
verse said: "And God answered his prayer." So, I
said to myself, if God said this man is more honorable than
his brethren and answered his prayer, there must be
"....BATTISTA: ... I think a lot of people are being
led to believe that if they say this prayer -- and why do
you have to say it for 30 days? Is that like a guarantee?
WILKINSON: No, it's not magic -- there is no magic words in
this prayer. It's not like an incantation that something
magic is supposed to poof up. But have you ever asked
yourself a question: why is it No. 1 in "New York
Times" and why is it No. 1 in "USA Today,"
and it's on prayer?
reflect the belief that the book must be of God because it's a
No. 1 bestseller with Christians and non-Christians, who are
buying it and saying "it works." This is in sharp
contrast to what Jesus taught in such verses as:
Luke 6:26 Woe unto you,
when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their
fathers to the false prophets.
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you
out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember
the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater
than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also
persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will
keep yours also.
BATTISTA: I think is because a lot of people think that
they're going to get rich if they read this book....
WILKINSON: ... That's not why people are buying this, and
that's not why people are buying this as a gift. Do you know
why they are?
BATTISTA: No, you tell me.
WILKINSON: It's good to be asking you one question for a
BATTISTA: You wrote the book, you tell me.
WILKINSON: That's right. Well, it's surprising. The reason
is because it's working. People are praying this prayer.
BATTISTA: Then you are telling people -- now you are telling
people again that if they pray this prayer in 30 days, that
it's going to work?
WILKINSON: No, people are finding that it works. Barnes
& Noble store nearby said that the average person comes
in and buys between six and 10 of these books and gives them
to their friends. Why would you buy a book and give away
those copies to somebody else if it wasn't working for you?
himself on the show when asked if he was guaranteeing the
prayer works. In sharp contrast to his denial that he was
promising that "it works" in 30 days if prayed
verbatim, we read from the book itself, "I want to teach
you how to pray a daring prayer that God always answers
On page 24, Wilkinson
"guarantees" your life will be "marked by
miracles" if you pray this prayer of Jabez. The
"guaranteed miracle" -- will be in 30 days if one
has done precisely what Wilkinson says. [p. 86] Clearly,
Wilkinson is promising that this prayer is
"guaranteed" to always be answered by God, and that
He will give you miracles within 30 days!
BATTISTA: ...I mean, if a whole country gets together and
says this prayer every day for 30 days, why doesn't the
whole country get out of poverty? Why aren't these children
saved? Why aren't -- do you see what I am saying? Doesn't it
seem awkward to be asking for more material things when
that's going on in the world?
WILKINSON: Bobbie, that's a good question, because whenever
somebody adds something to the Jabez Prayer, it's not the
Jabez Prayer anymore. The Jabez Prayer's very simple. It
says, dear God, would you please bless me indeed. And
there's no, how do you do that? And in a sense, Jabez is
saying to God, you're the only one who knows how to make my
heart feel blessed.
What should be obvious is
that one cannot claim a prayer that Wilkinson admits is no
longer the same, "whenever somebody adds something to the
Jabez Prayer, it's not the Jabez Prayer anymore." Since
he advocates the repetitive incantation of the words verbatim,
he crossed over into pagan practices.
WILKINSON: And would you please do that for me? Whether or
not it's money, it may be money, it may be a relationship is
BATTISTA: Well, what if that welfare mother is asking the
same thing every day with her six children, and she doesn't
WILKINSON: If I was a welfare mother I would be asking God
to bless me for sure. Wouldn't you?
.....And Jabez's Prayer is very, very broad and it says
would you please bless me, and if that woman needs more
food, then maybe that's how God will bless her.
But the issue isn't that there's only one prayer and it's
only Jabez. Jabez is one of many prayers you should pray....
Margaret (from the audience): ....MARGARET: Yes, I did
read the book, and I have given several copies to friends.
When I first read the book, I had to go to the bible to see
if the verse was actually there. That was my first approach.
After I saw that, then I thought, well, OK, I understand
And the author is actually a manifestation of the verse
itself, because it's widen my territory. Let me be able to
talk to people all over about Christ, is what he is actually
BATTISTA: So you just see it as a way to spread the gospel.
MARGARET: Yes, that's how I view it....
KAREN: Well, I am just kind of curious why Bobbie is
taking such a materialistic slant on the prayer when that's
not necessarily what the prayer's about.
BATTISTA: Because you do walk away from the book with that
sense. You know, I think that particularly if you don't have
a let's say a strong religious foundation,.... So it all
depends on where you are coming from when you read this
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The book and some of the comments earlier
dealt with Christian belief and belief in Jesus. What
happens if you are not Christian and you are part of the
myriad of other religions, how will this book speak to you
as well as you own theological viewpoints?
BATTISTA: That's a good question, Dr. Wilkinson. Is the book
religiously tolerant, shall we say?
WILKINSON: Well, it's interesting. I had a Jewish reporter
call me from New York and she said, I just have one
question. I am a Jew. I said that's wonderful. I just want
to know, can a Jew pray the prayer of Jabez or do I have to
be a Christian?
And she was ready to fight and I said to her, well, I think
that Jabez was a Jew and he prayed and God answered it. So
then I said to her, now will you pray the prayer of Jabez
just as an objective test? And will you take a pad and in
the next 30 days as you pray it, will you write down on your
pad exactly what happens, and write an honest story about
what happened to you?
And if nothing happened then write that as a story? And
she said, well, I think I will meditate on the prayer of
Jabez. I says, what do you mean? She says, I am going to
think about it every day. I said it's not going work.
What do you think mean it's not going to work? Because it's
a prayer. A prayer means you ask God to do something for
you. And if you are just meditating, he's not going to
answer you. So, will you just take a risk and say, God, I am
not sure about all of this, but would you bless me? And she
said, no, I can't do that. You see, there's something inside
of people that sometimes make them afraid of saying to God
-- it happened today. I interviewed with three papers before
I came on here and I asked all three reporters the same
question at the end: Will you try praying the prayer? All
three of them said, ah, I don't know....
Wilkinson's ecumenicalism is
clear, as will also be shown with later remarks. The purpose
is not as some would like to suggest, that of sharing Christ,
but rather, praying to "get from God". His own
statements above go entirely against the need for Christ.
.....[Monsignor Thomas Hartman, director of radio
and television for the Diocese of Rockville Center. He
co-hosts the national cable TV show, "The God
Squad," along with Rabbi Mark Gellman, senior
Rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, New York. The Rabbi
is president of the New York Board of Rabbis,...]
....HARTMAN: Well, I am particularly excited about the
book. Whenever I used to go to visit my grandmother she had
a pair of rosaries in her hand, and that was her form of
prayer. People that I know who are prayerful are a people at
peace, people who turned their lives over to God.
I like the idea that a person ask for a blessing. I like the
idea that the person asked that their borders might be
bigger than they would thought of by themselves. I like the
idea that we live in the hand of God. And I also like the
idea that it suggests to us that we should avoid evil and
concentrate on good.
BATTISTA: Is the opposite true? If we do not pray, we are
not a peaceful person? We know that that's not true.
HARTMAN: no, some people meditate. I think that almost
anyone who is at peace has a form of reflection, whether
it's to God or just within themselves. But it seems almost
essential that a person take time out to reflect on their
GELLMAN: Yeoman's first rule of life is it if it's
popular, it's bad, but I think this book is OK, except that
it -- it takes the Jewish guy and turns it into a Christian
book -- which we Jews are used to -- but that's just wrong.
And secondly, it's way, way, way too narrow a sense of
prayer. When Tommy and I wrote a book for kids on religion,
we -- we told kids that there's four kinds of prayers....
And the four kinds of prayers are: Thanks, gimme, oops
and wow! That is....
GELLMAN: This is a book about "gimme" prayers.
"God, would you give me this, give me that." And
there are other kinds of prayers which are, "thank you
for what you've already given me," and prayers of
repentance, "I'm sorry for what I did," and
prayers of adoration in which we just look at the beauty of
the world and acknowledge that God is the one who made it.
So this is one of the those prayers.
HARTMAN: But Mark and I are certainly very enthused to hear
that people are interested in the book, and interested in
praying, because prayer is so important -- not only in
religion but in the spiritual life....
BATTISTA: ... we have to look at the fact that part of
the reason the book may be so popular is that a lot of
people are buying this book and not coming at it with the
same religious foundation that other people are looking at
it, in which case, so we say, well, at least we're getting
people interested in prayer. But is it for the right reason?
.... [...Dr. Larry Dossey. He is a retired internist who
left his medical practice to study the healing power of
prayer. He is the author of "Healing Words: The Power
of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine...]
DOSSEY: Let me quote your own words here. You know, I
think that you are misleading people. You say on page 84 and
85: "But I promise that you will see a direct link, and
the only thing that can break this cycle of abundant living
is sin, because sin breaks the flow of God's power."
And in other places of the book, you say that God has
WILKINSON: Well, go ahead and read the rest of that then.
The favorites are people...
DOSSEY: Well, let me quote you: "Simply put, God favors
those who ask. He holds nothing back from those who
WILKINSON: ... There are thousands of churches today
whose pastors are preaching through the prayer of Jabez,
either on a Sunday or on Saturday and so forth, and asking
the whole church to pray as families, as individuals and as
churches, and I have heard of six churches that have doubled
their size in the last six months. And when you talk to the
people, how did this happen? The answer comes back, you
should hear what God is doing because of prayer of Jabez.
So, it's not just personal.
But in Jabez, Rick, it was -- an individual never expected
somebody to write a book, I'm sure, on his prayer. Like if
you were to get my journal and you were to write a book on a
one-sentence prayer I wrote, I would think I can't
believe you did this about one of my prayers. I'm sure Jabez
is getting more popular in heaven today. Hey, you're Jabez!
I've never heard about you before until that book was
So, I believe it is corporate. Many families are praying it.
Many couples are praying it, many churches are praying it,
and God does answer it. It is -- that's why the book is
selling to be -- my own read about this, it isn't because of
any other reason besides it's working. People are praying.
Something happen that makes their hearts so overflow, they
say: "I'm going to buy one for you, you got to read
this!" That's how it's happening.
....DOSSEY: ....So this gives us a chance to look at
whose prayer works, what kind of prayer works, and something
about the mechanism of prayer. And what we see in these
studies, just to repeat, is that prayer is universal. In the
Duke study you have Hindus and Buddhists and Muslims and
Jews and Christians praying, and it doesn't seem to matter
how they pray, specifically, or which religion they belong
to. This suggests that God does not have favorites and one
doesn't have to spell it out as Jabez did when he asked for
something specific, such as "enlarge my
A simple prayer of "thy will be done" or "may
the best thing happen," as long as it's offered with
love and compassion, seems to be all that's required.
WILKINSON: You know, it's interesting that Jesus has a
comment about what you're saying here, and he couldn't agree
any more, but here's what he said. He said, in Matthew,
Chapter 7, he says, "if you," talking about adults
being evil, "know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your father who is in heaven
give good things to those who ask him?"
And Jesus made a condition that some things in life need to
be asked for to us have them. If we don't ask, we don't get
them. Other times, God just gives them, not because we ask.
Sometimes you have to act a certain way to get a certain
blessing. But in Jabez Prayer, he basically just asks God in
a sense, to be giving his will, because he says would you
bless me but he doesn't define it in any particular way.
DOSSEY: Yes, he does. He says "enlarge my
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Among the many claiming the
prayer, as demonstrated on CNN's show, are many non-Christians
and people of various faiths. Wilkinson's agreement with
Dossey is that the suggestion that Hindus and Buddhists, for
example, are praying to the same god and getting answers from
the same source that a Christian prays to--which is to
Almighty God. Their prayers are being answered because
"how much more will your father who is in heaven give
good things to those who ask him?"
Christians should be
able to discern the ecumenical and heretical flavor in what
Wilkinson and the other guests are saying.
review of the teachings found in the "The Prayer of
Jabez," reveals the occult concept of repetitive
incantation of the short prayer in order to receive God's
blessings. Failure to get the desired results simply means
lack of faith or sin in ones life.
One person I corresponded
with suggested that, "All prayer IS and always will
be according to the will of GOD."
All prayer is NOT always
according to the will of God. If our heart is not focused on
serving God and doing His will, our prayers will reflect that.
If we are caught in a wind of doctrine, our prayers will not
be according to God's will. If we are caught up in sin, our
prayers will not be in accordance to God's will. To suggest
that all prayers are according to God's will is to say that
when Buddhists, Mormons, Hindus, etc. pray, they are praying
according to God's will. If one does not belong to Christ,
there is no hope of praying in God's will. Jesus said in
John 15:7 " If ye abide in me, and my words abide
in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto
you." James wrote in James 4:3-6:
" Ye ask, and receive
not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your
lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit
that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth
more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but
giveth grace unto the humble."
If we want to
have something in our lives that is not of God--He will not
remove it. In fact, He may give us what we disobediently ask for,
with dire consequences.
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their
One needs to understand the
historical background of what was taking place when Jabez is
recorded as praying what many view as a vow. Many believe Jabez was a son to
Coz. The town of Jabez in Judah, was also mentioned in 1
Chronicles 2:55 which gives insight that Jabez was a leader,
which is why a town would be named after him.
1 Chronicles 4:8-10
" 8. And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of
Aharhel the son of Harum. ** 9 And Jabez was more
honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name
Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou
wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine
hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from
evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that
which he requested.
The prayer is
not a self-directed prayer, but rather a vow to accomplish
what God had called him to. One writer suggested that,
"At this moment in Israel's history, God was commanding
that the armies of Israel attack those people living in the
Promised Land whose religion was so Satanic that they had
"polluted the land" with their Witchcraft practices.
24-30 reminds us of the view God had on these matters.
" Defile not ye
yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the
nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity
thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her
inhabitants. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my
judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations;
neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that
sojourneth among you: (For all these abominations have the
men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is
defiled;) That the land spue not you out also, when ye
defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even
the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their
people. Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye
commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were
committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves
therein: I am the LORD your God."
If Jabez was a leader whose
role was to destroy the pagan Caananites, which the Israelites
had been commanded to do, then his acknowledgement and vow
were that with God and if God would provide, he would
accomplish the task and be kept from evil. We know that he
accomplished his task because "God granted him that which
the Preface to the book, Wilkinson writes:
want to teach you how to pray a daring prayer that
God always answers. It is brief—only
one sentence with four parts—and
tucked away in the Bible, but I believe it
contains the key to a life of extraordinary favor with God.
This petition has radically changed what I expect from
God and what I experience every day by His power. In fact,
thousands of believers who are applying its truths are
seeing miracles happen on a regular basis.
(Bolding and Emphasis added.)
then describes how to pray Jabez's prayer:
next morning, I prayed Jabez's prayer word for word.
And the next. And the next. Thirty years later, I
haven't stopped. If you were to ask me what
sentence—other than my prayer for salvation—has
revolutionized my life and ministry the most, I would tell
you tell you that it was the cry of a gimper named Jabez,
who is still remembered not for what he did, but for what
he prayed—and for what happened next (p. 11). (Bold
challenge you to make the Jabez prayer for blessing
part of the daily fabric of your life. To do that, I
encourage you to follow unwaveringly the plan
outlined here for the next thirty days. By the
end of that time, you'll be noticing significant changes
in your life, and the prayer will be on its way to
becoming a treasured, lifelong habit (p. 86). (Bold
prayer is meant for all believers [and non-believers], why
didn't Jesus just refer His disciples to that Old Testament
verse? Why is there no mention of praying that verse in the
What Scripture is Wilkinson quoting that would
guarantee anything by praying the prayer verbatim???? What New
Testament teaching? Did Jesus or the apostles say to pray
those same words over and over???
Do you really believe that
by incanting those words that, "You will change your
legacy and bring supernatural blessings wherever you go. God
will release His miraculous power in your life now. And for
all eternity, He will lavish on you His honor and
Matthew 6:5-13 and Luke 11:2-4, Jesus gives us some
instructions on how to pray, none of which include vain
repetitions, but rather an admonishment to avoid such prayers.
when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the
corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily
I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou
prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father
which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye
pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do: for
they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for our Father
knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After
this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in
heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)
Scriptures, and as indicated above, Jesus Himself, tell us to
not use "vain repetitions." Jesus said "after
this manner" is how we should pray. Jesus' prayer was a
Biblical guide for us to follow as we talk with God and seek
His will for our lives, daily.
Wilkinson's encouragement for
Christians to pray Jabez's prayer verbatim,
every day is in direct disobedience to what Jesus clearly
stated. One might as well add
prayer beads or other paraphernalia to complete the occult
claims that if we'll just pray the 'Prayer of Jabez',
word-for-word, every day for a month, will result in seeing
God's power released in our lives, is nonsense. If we pray for
something-we are to pray believing God will and has
answered-even if the answer takes years. That doesn't mean we
don't pour our concerns out to the Lord about a
situation-we're to cast our cares upon Him. But it does mean
that once we've prayed-we're to have prayed believing God will
answer in His TIME according to HIS WILL in HIS WAY. We can
pray about something many times-just not with vain repetitions
as promoted in Wilkinson's writings.
magic formula Wilkinson is teaching leaves no room for God to
say "No" or "Wait," but rather, a
non-answer or negative events is a suggestion we are lacking
One wrote, "I need an answer NOW and NO
or wait is not an option " Demanding an answer is
suggesting that God is our servant- not we, His. If your child
behaved in that manner-what would you do? While we can
approach the throne of grace with boldness because of Christ,
we are addressing Almighty God. We have no business acting
like a spoiled child demanding an answer or our way on a
matter. Our hearts desire must be conformed to His will-no
matter how difficult the circumstances that are testing us by
fire. Correction can also be an answer-and is rarely pleasant
or feeling like an blessing at the time.
who embrace Wilkinson's teachings are not only stating that
God won't have a choice but to give the selfish desires in
their prayer, but that the prayer is the Biblical formula for
asking God for things. The implication is that Jabez was
honorable because he figured out the right way to pray.
Repetition of Jabez's prayer is for the sole purpose of
causing God to release His blessings and to receive
miracles—"You will change your legacy and bring
supernatural blessings wherever you go. God will release His
miraculous power in your life now. And for all eternity, He
will lavish on you His honor and delight" (pp. 91-92).
Bible teaches that those who know the Lord Jesus Christ will
learn to pray gradually within the will of God. By God molding
us in our hearts desire to be obedient to Him, our prayers
will line up to God's will. If they don't, then we need to ask
Him to change our heart desires to be like Him, conformed to
man of God would deliberately tell you to disobey or set aside
God’s word. In fact Jesus was clear when He said those who
belong to Him would abide in Him and by His Words. John
15:4-7 " Abide in me, and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the
vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye
are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the
same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do
nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a
branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them
into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and
my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it
shall be done unto you."
in John 14: 24 "He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the
Father's which sent me."
mentality of setting aside the Scriptures for emotion and
experience is no different than such like John Wimber or
Rodney Howard-Browne who has said such things as:
let the Bible get in the way of the blessing.'
of you Bible-lovers need to put-it down and let God work
Bible has let us down. It has not delivered the numbers
must not let your mind hinder the receiving of the
Manifestations ! Less Bible!]
is clearly selling Jabez's prayer as a Biblical incantation
that can guarantee blessings, wealth and whatever we desire,
regardless of what God has determined for us in the way of
ministry and witness, and individual fruitfulness. It also
focuses on getting much, even though we know that some will
have much and some will not. Some will have health and some
13:8 "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth
fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."
14:7 "For ye have the poor with you always, and
whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not
incantation and teaching eliminates those truths. The formula
focuses on the person rather than the will and person of God.
"Jabez's … request is a brilliant but little-understood
strategy for … a blessed life" [p. 63].
implies that those who pray Jabez's prayer are just more
spiritual and in sync with God than those who don't. Gone is
the concept of total dependence on God for all aspects of our
lives. Rather it is replaced with, God is there to provide
blessings and help in the things, "beyond our
ability to accomplish" and the prayer at those times will
result as, "you release miracles." [p. 44]
The last section of the book is called "Redeemed For
This," and implies that we were saved so we could
successfully pray the prayer of Jabez and unleash God's power
in our lives. If we fail to see God's power unleashed, we are
spiritually deficient, which is no different than other
charismatic theology. Wilkinson, who has a forum on his
website, is using supposed success stories of others to
validate his method.
Success is attributed not to God, but
rather, the use of the 'right' words. The validation is
also suggested to be that Jabez received much in the way of
material things, which we have no knowledge of. There is no
further Scriptural mention of Jabez, hence, adding that
concept is adding to Scripture, which we are not to do.
is no difference in these Charismatic stories than could just
as easily be found with followers of yoga, the tarot,
crystals, or a host of other things for their success. Even
the occult chain letters express a similar concept of doing
something in order to obtain a 'blessing' in the form of some
prosperity. According to Wilkinson, sin in our lives
is the only thing that will stop the repetition of Jabez's
prayer from working.
Bible teaches that when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior, a relationship is begun with Him that is in part
defined by submission to the will of God. We learn that
omnipotent God can do with our lives as He sees fit, abiding
with us through the difficult and easier times. Our growth
leads us to understand that God can and will say no to our
prayer requests, not to withhold a blessing, but so that we
can grow and be more like Him. There is no promise of
wealth, prosperity, perfect health or fulfillment of other
earthly desires. As James stated in James 4:3 "
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may
consume it upon your lusts." Rather,
there is a promise of trials and affliction, for the purpose
1:3-4 " Knowing this, that the trying of your faith
worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that
ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
8:28-29 "And we know that all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also
did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that
he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
wrote, although obviously given power to show that he was a
servant of God, that he suffered much, while bearing much
"We are troubled on
every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not
in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but
not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying
of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be
made manifest in our body."
is the promise that we will have victory when we
depend on Christ through all that comes our way. I Corinthians
15:57-58 "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not
in vain in the Lord."
Wilkinson's theology were correct, each Christian and
[non-Christian] should be able to incant those words daily and
never have to face any further problem, illness or other
bothersome trial that comes our way--which also eliminates the
Scriptures like: 1 Peter 4:12-14 "Beloved, think it not
strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as
though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice,
inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that,
when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with
would merely be obligated to answer all our prayers with a
blessing and make us prosper in whatever area we felt was
cannot know God's purposes, nor can we control or manipulate
Him in order to obtain blessings and prosperity. God's
purposes for us and our lives are far beyond what we're able
to comprehend, and sometimes we don't see His blessings until
months or years after He's provided them. Our lives are
blessed by walking with Him no matter what, having built our
'house on solid rock.' [See: Persecution
Free Christianity, Be
Strong in the Lord, Excuses
We are not to nag God about
personal things, as suggested by one correspondent, as
evidenced in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 where Paul wrote: "...
lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I
besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he
said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength
is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I
rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may
rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in
reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
The answer is not always what
we want it to be for our lives as Paul so clearly reveals. We
need to accept what God has allowed in our lives, no matter
how difficult. The question that needs to be answered is, What
are you missing in your life that you would be drawn to repeat
verbatim a prayer, that asks for things we already have if we
are living for Christ?
If we are doing His will,
we'll be bearing fruit-little or much, according to HIS WILL.
He takes care of our material things--He says we're not to be
concerned with those issues, although we can certainly bring
any concern to our Lord in prayer. Matthew 6:24-31 and notice
verse 25 "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for
your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet
for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than
meat, and the body than raiment?"
Can you find any Scripture that
promises what Wilkinson states will happen if "prayed
Jabez's prayer word for word. And the next. And the next. ...
to follow unwaveringly the plan outlined here for the next
thirty days. By the end of that time, you'll be noticing
significant changes in your life, and the prayer will be on
its way to becoming a treasured, lifelong habit ..."?
Again I ask, What Scripture is
Wilkinson quoting???? What New Testament teaching? Do you
really believe that by incanting those words that "You
will change your legacy and bring supernatural blessings
wherever you go. God will release His miraculous power in your
life now. And for all eternity, He will lavish on you His
honor and delight"
If you cannot find the
Scripture, you cannot say it is Scriptural. If it is not
Scriptural it is FALSE doctrine.
What LEGACY must be changed if you have Jesus Christ as Lord
and Savior??? What power are you lacking now "and for all
eternity" that must be obtained by reciting those words?
What Wilkinson is doing is
presenting a false teaching that goes against all the precious
promises we have when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and
What Scripture backs up the idea that praying that
verse will cause Him to "lavish on you His honor and
release His miraculous power in your life now. And for all
In Christ we are already a
delight to God and will live in victory, despite any negative
circumstances, because of Christ and because we live in
- 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to
triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his
knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a
sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in
them that perish: To the one we are the savour of
death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto
life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we
are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of
sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in
2 Corinthians 3:3-5 "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly
declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us,
written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living
God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the
heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing
as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;"
2 Peter 1: 2-11 "Grace and peace be multiplied
unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our
Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the
knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith
virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience;
and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you
that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see
afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his
old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence
to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these
things, ye shall never fall:
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
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