Enlarge My Coast
Enlarge my Coast was the prayer of Jabez and God answered his prayer. Hidden in the genealogies of 1 Chronicles is a
man by the name of Jabez,
...Jabez was more honorable than his brethren.... 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." 1 Chronicles 4:9, 10
Jabez is an encouragement to me. His ancestors and descendants seem to have had few ambitions; they are briefly
recorded as living and dying.
But Jabez wanted more from God. He prayed that God would bless him and enlarge his coasts (i.e., bless him
financially and materially). He also prayed that God would be with him and keep him from evil.
God honored each request. The God of Jabez will honor your requests as well - if you want more, if you are
determined in prayer. Let us read about another man who was determined in his prayer and got his answer from God.
Jacob becomes a Prince of God