It Does Not Have to Be This Way
But he proved them wrong. Very wrong. He became the one his family looked up to. They even named a city after him.
And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren : and his mother called his name Jabez , saying , Because I bare him with sorrow . 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.
Jabez overcame adversity. He changed his story. He altered the plot. He became great. How? He prayed to the God of Israel. That’s the power of prayer!
Prayer can change your story. You may not always be able to determine how things begin, but by tapping into God’s love and grace through prayer, you can influence how your story ends.
I have come to realize that by passionate, believing prayer, I allow God to rewrite the script, to alter the story line, to introduce some new characters, to get involved in the conflicts, to manipulate the details of my story to ensure that the climax is always for my good and for His glory.
God is a master storyteller. The best writers are able to keep the readers in suspense until the very end. There are things they allow the reader to hear and see, but then hidden behind all that is heard and seen is another story that is not revealed until the very end. That’s the kind of writer God is. Let Him finish your story for you.
Who said you cannot have a bad beginning and a good ending? Who said it has to be this way? Child of God, pray!