The Prayer of Jabez

I am always troubled by "systems" that purport to bring us into a deepened walk with God. Certainly, we should progress in faithfulness and holiness. But the Christian walk is never going to be reduced to recitation of a specific prayer or some other Christian discipline. We are disciplined to Christ, and Him alone. Everything we teachers and preachers do should be aimed at directing people to Jesus Who "...is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption..." (I Cor 1:30)

Progress in holiness is not optional. But it will not be gained through "praying an hour every day," or "reciting the rosary," or through acts of contrition, or sacrificail giving, or any other methodology. Some of these things may have value, all right, and should be part of the Christian's walk, but they are not the "key." No one such key exists. Maturity comes as a relationship of walking with Christ and being discipled by Him.

However well-intentioned such systems may be, they ultimately lure the Christian off target. We are not to "fix our minds on Jabez," but on Christ. (Heb. 3:1; 12:2)

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