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Prayer of Jabez - (Please Bless Me God)   
Read I Chronicles 4:10

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  • Who or what do we pray for?
  • How often do you pray?
  • Do you pray for peace?
    • At home?
    • School?
    • The world?
  • Why should we pray daily?
  • Why isn’t prayer just a list of things we want?
  • What is appropriate for us to pray for?
  • How does prayer dissolve:
    • Hatred?
    • Envy?
    • Resentment?
    • Terror?
    • Anger?
  • In the prayer of Jabez, what’s the first thing he asks God?
  • What is a “blessing?”
  • When we ask God to “bless” us, what are we asking for?
  • If you look at the verses in I Chronicles 4 before and after verses 9 and 10, what do you notice?
  • What is so unusual about verses 9 and 10 in this chapter?
  • How special do you think Jabez was to God?
  • Did God answer his prayer?
   
 

Abraham's Prayer - Prayer of Jabez (Please Bless Me God)
Read Genesis 15, 18, and 21

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                                                           (Please Bless Me God)

  • What did Abraham pray for?
  • Who told him he’d have children?
  • How did Sarah react?
  • How did God answer his prayer?
  • What do you learn from this story?
   
 

Elijah - Prayer of Jabez (Please Bless Me God)
Read I Kings 17

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  • Who is Elijah?
  • Why was it hard for people to find food?
  • Who fed Elijah before the brook Cherith dried up?
  • Who fed Elijah after he left the desert?
  • What do you learn about God’s provisions?
   
 

Nehemiah - Prayer of Jabez (Please Bless Me God)
Read Nehemiah

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                                                           (Please Bless Me God)

  • Who was Nehemiah?
  • What was his request?
  • Who did he rely on to complete the building of the wall?
  • Which city’s walls were destroyed?
  • Why were they destroyed?
  • How difficult is it to build a wall?
  • Why did they have to build with one hand and have a weapon in the other hand?
  • How difficult would that be to hold a weapon and build the wall?
  • Who tries to stop Nehemiah from building the wall?
    • Why?
    • Has anyone every tried to stop you from doing something that needs to be done?
      • What have you done to make sure the task was completed?
    • Were Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem terrorists?
      • What did they try to do?
      • Why didn’t they succeed?
    • What does this story tell us about dealing with terrorists?
    • What do terrorists and bullies have in common?
    • Have you ever had to deal with a bully?
      • What did you do?
    • Why was Nehemiah successful?
    • Write a prayer that Nehemiah might have prayed.
   
 

Sermon on the Mount - Prayer of Jabez (Please Bless Me God)
Read Matt 5-7

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                                                           (Please Bless Me God)

  • How did Jesus teach his disciples to pray?
  • Do you know that prayer?
  • What’s it called?
  • How have you used it?
  • Why do we need to forgive?
  • What part of the Lord’s prayer is like the Prayer of Jabez?
   
 

Phoenician Woman - Prayer of Jabez (Please Bless Me God)
Read Matt 15:21-29 or Mark 7:24-30

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                                                           (Please Bless Me God)

  • What did this woman ask Jesus to do?
  • What was Jesus’ response?
  • Why do you think he rejected her at first?
  • What do the dogs eat?
  • Did Jesus heal her daughter?
  • What do we learn from this woman about praying? (never give up)
   
 

Prayer of Jabez - (Enlarge My Borders)
I Chronicles 4:10 “…enlarge my coast.”

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                                                            I Chronicles 4:10 “…enlarge my coast.”

  • What does it mean to “enlarge our coast?”
  • How would you practice “enlarging your coast?”
  • Read some other translations. Now how does that verse read?
  • How would you enlarge (increase, expand, magnify, extend, widen, strengthen) your coast (territory, borders)
    • At home?
    • School?
    • The world?
  • What kinds of activities might enlarging our borders include?
   
 

Four Disciples - Prayer of Jabez (Enlarge My Borders)
Read Matthew 4:18-22

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                                                           (Enlarge My Borders)

  • How did Jesus broaden his coasts?
  • How did the disciples enlarge their borders?
  • Name some of the qualities of the disciples who left their nets for Jesus.
    • Would you leave your life to follow Jesus?
    • Why do you think Andrew, Peter, James and John were willing to give up their careers to follow Jesus?
   
 

The Woman at the Well - Prayer of Jabez (Enlarge My Borders)
Read John 4:5-42

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  • Who is the woman?
  • Why was it odd for Jesus to talk with her?
  • What did Jesus ask her to do?
  • What did Jesus tell her about her life?
  • What did the woman do?
  • Is this an example of Jesus enlarging his borders? Why?
  • Did the woman enlarge her borders? How?
   
 

Healing of the Paralytic - Prayer of Jabez (Enlarge My Borders)
Read Matthew 9:2-8 or Mark 2:1-12

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  • How is this story an example of expanding your borders?
  • What kind of friends did the paralyzed man have?
  • Would you go to that trouble for a friend?
  • Would you say the faith of the friends were the expanding borders?
  • What kind of faith did they display?
  • How did Jesus respond to their faith?
   
 

Paul and the Storm - Prayer of Jabez (Enlarge My Borders)
Read Acts 27

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                                                           (Enlarge My Borders)

  • What happened to Paul?
  • What was the name of the wind?
  • What did the soldiers want to do to the prisoners?
  • How is this story an example of expanding one’s borders?
  • Describe Paul’s qualities.
    • What kind of a man was Paul?
    • Why did the soldiers finally listen to him?
    • What lessons were learned?
   
 

Prayer of Jabez (Stay Close to Me)
I Chronicles 4:10 “…that Your hand would be with me.”

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  • What is the meaning of: “that Your hand would be with me?”
  • How would you practice holding on to God?
  • Read some other translations. Now how does that verse read?
  • How would you know that God is with you?
    • At home?
    • School?
    • While playing?
  • Five year-old Katie on Story Telling, talks about God sticking to her like glue.
    • Why would you want God that close?
    • What kind of a relationship do you have with God?
   
 

Tent of Meeting - Prayer of Jabez (Stay Close to Me)
Read Exodus 26 and 27

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                                                            (Stay Close to Me)

When God talks to Moses at the burning bush, He promises to be with Moses’ mouth. He promises to be right there with Moses when he delivers the Children of Israel from Egypt. God wants a with-it relationship with us. No separation. He gave Moses instructions to build the tent of meeting (traveling tabernacle). It was to be built with three of the twelve tribes on each side of the tent. God was believed to be in the Holy of Holies. The people thought God lived there with the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark contained the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. So God and God’s laws were intended to be the center of our lives. God wanted to be with His children. So you can see the third request in the prayer of Jabez shows that it is natural for us to want God close in every aspect of our lives.

  • How close do you keep God?
  • How often do you talk to God in a day?
  • What was so important about the Tabernacle? (the design of it was given by God to Moses)
  • What is the significance of the Tabernacle? (God is willing to meet with His children)
  • Describe the tent of meeting.
  • Why was there only one door? (Only one way to go to God)
  • What was the purpose of the altar of brass? (Sacrifice)
  • What are we asked to sacrifice today? (Human will)
  • What was the laver used for? (Cleaning)
  • What was in the Holy Place? (Seven-branched Candlestick; Table of Shewbread; and Altar of Incense)
  • How many loaves of bread were on the Shewbread table? (12)
  • What does this number represent? (Twelve tribes of Israel)
  • What covered the Holy of Holies? (veil)
  • Who could enter the Holy of Holies? (Only the high priest. They tied a rope on his leg. If anything happened to him, they could pull him out since no one else could go into the Holy of Holies.)
  • What was in the Holy of Holies? (The Ark of the Covenant)
  • What was in the Ark of the Covenant? (the Ten Commandments)
  • Draw the tent of meeting or find a picture of it to work with.
   
 

Joshua and Jericho - Prayer of Jabez (Stay Close to Me)
Read Joshua 6:1-21

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                                                            (Stay Close to Me)

  • Who is Joshua? (Moses’ successor, he knew how important it was to stay close to God – look at Josh 24:15)
  • Would you agree with Joshua and his family and choose God?
  • Why was it important for Joshua to choose God?
  • What kind of a city was Jericho?
  • Could they walk right in and take over the city?
  • Why not?
  • What instructions did God give Joshua and his people? (Josh 6:3-5)
  • Why do you think they were told to just walk around the city?
  • What weapons were they going to use?
  • What was God teaching them?
  • What were they to do with the things they found in the city? (Josh. 6:18-19)
  • What happened on the seventh day? (Josh.6:20)
  • Who was saved from destruction? (Josh. 6:17, 23-25)
  • Did the spies keep their word to Rahab?
  • Why is it important to keep your promises?
  • What lessons did God want the Children of Israel to learn about conquering Jericho?
   
 

Gideon - Prayer of Jabez (Stay Close to Me)
Read Judges 6-8:28

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  • Who is Gideon? (a judge who had a very close relationship with God – so close that he tested God to make sure God was with him.)
    • Who appears to Gideon? (Judges 6:11-13)
    • What does the angel ask Gideon to do? (Judges 6:25-28)
    • What was wrong with the altar Gideon's father built?
    • Which commandments were the people breaking by having an altar to Baal?
    • What kinds of things do people bow down to today?
    • How did Gideon's father react? (Judges 6:29-32)
    • What kind of a person was Gideon?
    • What did God want Gideon to do after he broke down Baal's altar? (Judges 6:16,17, 34-35)
    • How did Gideon test God? (Judges 6:36-40)
    • Imagine trying to thresh wheat so no one sees what you're doing. How difficult is that?
    • The angel of the Lord appears before Gideon and asks him to do what?
    • What personal altars do we need to knock down?
    • When the angel appeared to Gideon, was it for the sole purpose of destroying Gideon's father's altar to Baal or for something else?
    • What else did God want Gideon to do?
    • Why do you think God would have selected someone like Gideon? After all, he was from the weakest of the twelve tribes, he doubted his ability, and he tested God.
    • How did Gideon test God? (Judges 6:37-40)
    • What is fleece?
    • How many times did he test God?
    • After God passed the test, what did Gideon do?
    • Do we ever test God? or Is it a good practice to test God?
    • Who was Gideon to defeat? (Judges 6:16)
    • Gideon had to select an army. How many did he recruit? (32,000 Judges 7:3)
    • Why did God want a smaller army? (Judges 7:2)
    • What did Gideon do to reduce the size of his army? (Judges 7:3)
    • How many left because they were afraid? (22,000)
    • What did Gideon have to do to reduce the size of the 10,000? (Judges 7:5-6)
    • Describe why those who didn't drink from their hands would be a bad risk militarily?
    • What were God's instructions to this army?
    • What have you learned about God?
    • What have you learned about listening to God?
   
 

Samuel - Prayer of Jabez (Stay Close to Me)
Read I Samuel 3

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  • Samuel is another one who listens to God and wants a close relationship with God.
    • What did Samuel hear?
    • Who was speaking to Samuel?
    • Who did Samuel think was calling him?
    • What did Eli tell Samuel to do?
    • Memorize the verse: I Sam 3:9 Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.
    • Are you listening to God?
    • Have you ever heard God speak to you?
    • Why is it important to stay close to God?

Samuel was a little boy when he heard God speak to him – so we don’t have to be a grown-up to hear God.

   
 

Prayer of Jabez (Keep Me From Evil)
I Chronicles 4:10 “…keep me from evil that it may not grieve me.”

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  • What is the meaning of: “keep me from evil that it may not grieve me?”
    • The New International Version translates it this way: “…keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”
    • The New Revised Standard Version translates it: “…that you would keep me from hurt and harm!”
    • The New American Standard translates it “…that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!”
    • How would you paraphrase it?
  • What kind of evil or pain do we want God to keep us from?
  • Why would evil grieve you?
    • What is evil?
    • What does it mean to grieve?
   
 
   
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