[quote=Church Militant]Actually this prayer is recorded in the Bible in 1st Chronicles 4:9-10. " And Jabes was more honourable than any of his brethren, and his mother called his name Jabes, saying: Because I bore him with sorrow. 10 And Jabes called upon the God of Israel, saying: If blessing thou wilt bless me, and wilt enlarge my borders, and thy hand be with me, and thou save me from being oppressed by evil. And God granted him the things he prayed for."
This simple prayer, taken totally out of its context, is the root of all this errant doctrine, that we can speak “a word of faith” and God just has to cover it for us. These folks seem to have completely dropped passages like Romans 8:31-39 and Hebrews 11:25-40 as well as Matthew 5:2-13, which reads as follows:
2 And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying: 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. 5 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. 10 Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: 12 Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. 13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.
There are a lot of passages that show plainly that those of great faith do suffer difficulties. Nowhere does the Word of God show that those difficulties are a sign of disfavor from God. (Can you just hear the apostles and all the martyrs crying out from their graves at this heresy!) Both books of Maccabees & in fact a great deal of the Bible plainly shows this to be heresy.
I personally have seen many people’s faith terribly shaken by having bought into this deception and then when difficultes come their way freaking out because they don’t get what they have spoken. I really think that this teaching is from the devil, and I doubt that people who don’t live in affluent countries would be able to buy into it for even a moment, but would see it as the bunk that it really is. (Try preaching this to the people in Chimbote, Peru if you dare).
I suggest that you copy this Prayer of Jabez article and pass it on to those you are concerned about, or perhaps this post of mine which shows the glaring scriptural inconsistencies of this deceptive heresy.
I would agree with this. However I think the Prayer of Jabez is a good prayer if taken in the right way. As your link to Catholic Answers says:
*“Can Catholics pray the Jabez prayer? Well, sure. There isn’t anything wrong with the prayer itself. The problem is Wilkinson telling people they should say it daily, expecting God to uniquely reward this prayer.”
I used to say this prayer, but I haven’t for some time now - just forgot about it. But I used to pray it focussing on spiritual things not earthly things
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places”* (Eph1:3)
*God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing - we just have to receive it. And prayers such as the Jabez prayer are a way asking for that blessing and being open to receive them.