The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking A Generational Curse
Updated: Mar 16
If you’ve never heard of Jabez, you’re not alone. Sandwiched between long genealogy records, this tiny paragraph is easy to miss.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Jabez was from the tribe of Judah, which was the first to inherit the Promised Land. Yet, there is no mention of his inheritance, family name, or even a father. Why is that?
The passage tells us that his brothers were not as honorable as he. Their wickedness may have brought a reputation of shame and pain to the whole family.
It could be that they had lost the land God had given them as an inheritance, which was why Jabez cried out to God for land. Jabez did not want to let this “generational curse” continue. He wanted his father’s inheritance and reputation restored.
“And God granted him his request.”
But the story may not be over! In 1 Chronicles 2:55, it mentions a real place called “Jabez” where there was a training school for scribes and future prophets to learn about God’s ways.
Could it be the same Jabez? I hope so!
Yeshua, I confess my sins and the sins of my family passed down to me. I’ve forgiven them for any harm they did to me. I pray that you would bless me, getting back what the enemy has taken. Let your hand be with me, guiding my life in a way that pleases you. Don’t let sin control me or bring any more Curse on my life. Thank you, Yeshua!