The Prayer of Kings
When I come through this, I'm going to be verified, I'm going to be like a diamond. See, it's all about where you fix
your eyes, and he said: it's important we fix our eyes on things which are not seen. That's a crazy statement isn't it?
Should be looking at things which are not seen? No, no, no, no - he's talking the eyes of your heart, and where your
focus is, where your attention is, set it on God and His promises and His word.
I want you to look with me over into 1 Chronicles, Chapter 4. I've called this The Prayer of a King, Prayer of Kings. I'd
love us to get it in our spirit and it's about - you know this, you'll have heard it called something different, called Jabez
Prayer. I want to put it in the context of what we've been looking at, on being kings, being kings. Interesting when
Jesus was born, you know the religious world loves to look at it and see a child in a manger, but the announcement
came: where is He, that was born king? Kings may be infants, but they're still a king. He was born a king. You were
born into the kingdom of God, you're born a king, and a priest under God - got to learn how to grow up into it. Now
Verse 9, 1 Chronicles 4; Jabez was more honourable than his brother, and his mother called his name Jabez. Jabez
means sorrow, grief, pain. Imagine having a name like that. What's your name? Pain. [Laughter] Come again? Pain.
Really? Pain. Why are you called Pain? I was a real pain to my mum when I was born you know, she was having a
really hard and miserable time, and so all she could do was think to put that name on me.
Well people are called lots of things, but what people call you is not as important as what God calls you, and what He
says you are. He says this man was more honourable, and his mother called his name Jabez, because I bore him in
pain. So it doesn't tells us whether it's physical pain, or whether she was going through a tragedy, through a difficult
season, could have been a time in the nation, where the nation was going through trauma, trouble, invasion by its
enemies. Whatever it was, we know her personal experience was one of pain. It doesn't say anything about the
father. It was normally the practice of the father to name the child, so the chances are, the father had died or was
killed, or there'd been a break up in the marriage. But whatever happens, the mother who spoke over his life, spoke
the word sorrow, sorrow and pain, and so that's not a great way to start life is it, with sorrows and pains, because
often what happens is that when a mother carries a child, the emotions of the mother affect the child. What the
mother carries in her spirit can be imparted to the child.
We know from the teachings on generational curses, how things which are around a mother, in carrying a child in the
womb, the child will pick up. Interesting when Mary spoke, the child within Elizabeth's womb leapt. It responded to the
prophetic voice, so children in a womb can respond to the prophetic voice. They can respond to the voice of ad versity
and circumstances and demonic spirits. They are sensitive and can respond, even though the mind isn't developed.
So this boy was birthed or came into the world surrounded by sorrow, but I want you to see the Holy Ghost identifies
him and says some things about him. It says he was 'more honourable'. That word is the same word where we use
the word glory; God, show us Your glory! Kebab, weight, goodness, gl ory, virtue, who you are. So when the Bible is
referring to the glory of God, it's referring to the name, the nature of God. The Holy Ghost calls on this, and points this
man's got a whole genealogy of all these names, and then right in the middle of it the Holy Ghost said stop! Wait,
wait, wait. This man here called Sorrow was much more honourable, had much more glory. There was something
about him, that makes this man stand out and be distinctive.
Then it explains exactly what it was, and it was his praye r, The Prayer of a King. He never let his circumstances
determine what his future would be, but rather something in him rose up, and he got hold of the promises of God, and
he rose up and he prayed a prayer, it's a fantastic prayer. It's The Prayer of a Ki ng. Here is the prayer. Jabez called
on the God of Israel, so he was aware or had learnt, probably from his mother who'd taught him the word of God, that
he had a legacy, an inheritance. He belonged to a nation singled out by God, to influence the world, influence the
nations. He realised that as a descendant of Abraham, he was entitled to blessings from Abraham, and so faith rose
in his heart, and this is his prayer. I call it The Pra yer of a King, because notice what it is. He says: Oh God, bless me
truly. Bless me in great abundance. Secondly, he said: enlarge my territory - that's kingly talk. Oh, let Your hand be
with me, the power and the might and the hand of God on me, and keep me from evil that I would not cause pain.
Now notice that statement, that I would not cause pain.
What he's saying is: at the beginning of my life there was difficulty, there was pain, there was adversity. I've even
been named that, but he's saying God, I believe that You can take someone who's come out of pain, adversity,
difficulty, trouble, hardship and You can raise them up, and their life does not reflect where they came from. Their life
does not multiply the pains and sorrows. I've found so often what happens when people have grown up with broken
families, and abuse and all kinds of things, they get infected with it in their heart and spirit, bitterness and anger and
hurt and grief come in. What happens is, they then begin to multiply the sorrow. They do exactly what he prayed
wouldn't happen. They cause other people to be in pain. In my own life, as I've become aware of areas of brokenness
and lack and areas where I have not processed things in my own life, I realised to my grief, the pain it has caused
those around me I love - great revelation that is. It's still a revelation.