And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:10) 

Jabez prayed a simple prayer that transformed his life and his world. He asked God to bless him, extend his territory, to be with him in all that he did and to keep him from evil and causing pain. 

And God granted what he requested 

God not only heard Jabez’s prayer, He answered his prayer. 

God not only answered Jabez’s prayer, he was waiting for his prayer. 

God is waiting to hear our prayer. His ear is inclined towards us, waiting, listening, attuned to our requests. 

The Psalmist wrote, “Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:2) 

God is waiting to answer our prayers. 

James says, “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2) 

He goes on to say, “Ask in faith, without doubting….” 

Whether its salvation of our family or friends, wisdom, peace, healing, provision, protection, reconciliation, whatever our need, God is listening and waiting for us to ask and He will give generously to all who ask in faith. 

Paul writes, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6) 

Let’s make our requests made known to God this year, knowing that not only is God waiting for us to ask, but that it is His good pleasure to answer the prayer of faith we lift to Him. 

May it be said of us, as it was said of Jabez, “So God granted him what he requested”