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The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life (2000)

de Bruce H. WILKINSON

Outros autores: David Kopp

Séries: BreakThrough series

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It s a timeless prayer that produces timely results! Bruce Wilkinson takes readers to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God s miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of us. The life of Jabez, one of the Bible s most overlooked heroes of the faith, bursts from unbroken pages of genealogies in an audacious, fourpart prayer that brings him an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing, and protection. Readers who commit to offering the same prayer on a regular basis will find themselves extravagantly blessed by God, and agents of His miraculous power, in everyday life.… (mais)
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If I call it, “Bruce’s Prayer”, will the snobs jump me in some dark alley? Time will tell….

Bruce is kinda a jerk, but not a (wink) hardcore jerk, all the way through. Sexuality is kinda a sore point for him—he thinks a lot of himself for having common disgust for other people’s desires—but it’s not as bad, really, as I remember it being when I read this book because I was given it or whatever, when I didn’t really like him. He isn’t bursting-impatient to bring down the lecherous in the first ten pages of the book, you know. I do think he’s a little un-generous in extreme circumstances about other people’s mistakes and weaknesses, but mostly in pretty extreme circumstances, you know.

The other thing people might object to his assertive-Christian nature: rent a whole airplane to yourself and send the whole student body to a poor island somewhere to spread the Word; but I think the main source of problems in that situation is first, that often the Christians involved think that they’re not really worthy to do great things, but that they must, anyway; an impossible situation that makes them act out—and second, the whole situation of being paranoid/unkind and attacking people/breaking international laws, you know. If they’re just excited about a message that has solidified their own mental/emotional health, and they want to get the word out in a caring, respectful way, then that’s fine, you know. Totally fine. There’s a difference between colonialism and making contacts, in my book, and I have nothing against doing business, so to speak. Sometimes people in target countries also benefit from Christian mission work—the giving of medical aid, etc.—even if they do not belong to or join the religion/denomination being promoted, for whatever reason. Sometimes mission work doesn’t have to be insane. Occasionally even Christian teaching about sex doesn’t have to be insane….

Some of his teaching is actually useful. I guess that must break some Christian rule, you know; some ‘it’s either us or the loser outsiders’, thing, right…. ‘Choose well. Choose neurotically.’ (winks)

I mean, it is about happiness, basically, and happiness tends to be something that people—to be fair, not ~only Christian people—view as something that for them to have would either be an unfair, unconscionable imposition on God, or as an impure favor that some jackass who doesn’t deserve it is asking of them, right. Well, but you know what Lincoln, I think, said: You can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can be a miserable dick all the time if you’re a little clinical. Loosely translating from the original Victorian….

(The Child Hermes) (all up in the camera) Happiness is my friend. I love him.
(torch bearing Christians in the background, pointing) “There he is!” “Get him!”
(The Child Hermes) (his face falls) Uh oh…. 😟

Man, it was so nice out this morning, as I’m typing this. I was talking to my roommate like, It’s almost sixty now, but it’s gonna be forty later…. I mean, I knew: but words don’t really do it justice.

Happiness is similar. Springtime isn’t really interesting, conceptually, the way a Nazi movie is, you know….

(movie camera shows things then blacks out at appropriate moments) This summer. Witness the Triumph. Of an Idea. (a dramatic building blows up in one go, and soldiers start freaking out)

And that’s why we (but probably not you) say that intellectuals are associated with the suit of Swords, you know: because they’ll cut up you, and your mother-fucking idea, right….

But yeah, fucking spring is great, right. As soon as you start to develop the desire for happiness, you realize you can start to think happy thoughts and start to be happy, to bring in happiness like a fish, right—but don’t eat a fish; the fish wanted to live, you know, just like you; it’s a metaphor—but then you start to get these other ideas, like, I am a great man, and I do not think little thoughts ~ little thoughts that dishonor my noble mind…. —And it’s like, I have a mind, so that….

But yeah, you can imagine yourself getting married; you can literally imagine yourself eating a cookie, if that’s easier: and you can ask IHVH, the mask of the One, to expand you….

…. And with the right prayer, your life can ‘explode’ with happiness. 😉

…. As to the end of the prayer, I try not to be one of these Bible linguists who argues with people over prepositions and so on—that was never the kind of Christian that I was; I mean, maybe when I was eight: I was a very uptight child; but as an adult Christian it was different—but I think it’s a little odd maybe how he seems to give the NKJV in the literal quote—basically, I don’t want to do evil or cause pain; I don’t want to give or receive pain, right—but then he seems to interpret it more along the lines of the KJV/NIV, and I guess most of the translations; “I want to be kept from evil because pain sucks”. That’s certainly true, and I wouldn’t knock that prayer. I just felt like the two-part phrase about evil/pain, rather than one long phrase about evil/pain, seems preferable because it includes the idea of the identity, basically, of cause/effect, giving/receiving, self/others, you know. I just thought the way Bruce did it was a little weird, but whatever.

As for the weird episode of the men with magazines which I remembered, I do have to say that I still do think it funny that this spiritual/metaphysical man is totally oblivious to vibes, you know. “Wow, witness the inexplicable, world! All I did was give off bad vibes, and their dicks shriveled up and they went back to being boring! I’m going to call National Geographic about this in the morning!” Granted, it’s an extreme situation; I don’t know that I’ve ever seen someone look at pornography in public. It’s kinda disrespectful, as most people would acknowledge—people in general. I guess my trigger, if I had one, would probably be people’s near-constant “socially acceptable” low-grade negativity/hostility, that is almost never really expressed, but that almost never really goes away, you know. Nothing Fox News/gossip worthy happens, but people are obviously calculating how much disrespect their boss or whoever will put up with. (Which doesn’t include a porno mag in plain sight, but probably does include a few random put-downs to random people.)

But he’s an older Baby Boomer, it’s an extreme situation, and legally or materially or whatever, he’s 100% in the right, of course.

And although I think the issue of good vs evil isn’t done justice by the cowboys vs Indians POV often seen in Bible teachers—ie the “foreign” way isn’t always the “evil” way, and the man (probably a man) bullying you into being godly isn’t always “right”, and the woman, even, who breaks the rules isn’t always wrong; hell, even the person who flouts the rules to get a reaction/make a point, isn’t always ~totally wrong~, you know….

But it is true that sometimes things shouldn’t be done because they lack a healthy, wholesome character, and that good things that people do are basically always opposed, not least in a sense because they ~are~ good, and because people tend to resent people being better than they are—not just because of any patronizing quality, but literally because people tend to be cowardly and to want to deny the different forms of health that exist, because they’re sick (or “wicked”)…. So in that sense there is a force of evil in the world. I wouldn’t personify it to the extent Christians do, because any personified devil could just be the face of the “unacceptable”, and also even a legitimately very sick person ~could not succeed~ in being “100% evil”, even if they got it into their sick little heads to try, you know. And, let’s be real, most “wicked” people are sick basically because they are inconsistent in the extreme, never following through to the good, never applying the rules in the other person’s favor so you can hurt him, acting out in random destructive ways, and so on. They don’t sit down and work out how to deny God’s laws. Actually, even the most crazy tyrants consider themselves to be God’s students/friends, and can’t help but be just to some people, some times. Even Hitler did not succeed in being “perfectly evil”, if that was his wish—his taste in music, for example, is certainly defensible; opera (or more broadly, music) certainly isn’t 100% evil, and that was certainly part of Dolphie’s life. People are just often perfectionists, so that as soon as something is bad, they place almost religious faith that that bad is what matters, you know; they have faith that the good is actually bad or some little nothing. A blue ribbon Bible boy could find that line of thought in some Bible verses, but whatever you take your source of light to be, I think you have to take the bad with the good and ask yourself if there’s a shadow (there will be, unless you’re talking about something so removed from everyday life as to be a little, weird, and not ~necessarily~ in a good way), and if it being your light means that it doesn’t matter if it does good or bad anymore.

I realize that, even despite the way even right-wingers talk, (Hitler was a Democrat! He marched in the 60s!), Hitler isn’t ~exactly~ the Christian devil from Christian metaphysics, but I don’t think that that’s makes a figure of pure evil any more logically possible, if you like. A demon from Christian metaphysics ~would~ have to have positive attributes: great wisdom, certainly, probably great self-control; that’s ~two~ virtues to a very high degree; so whatever you put on the other side, an insolvent account is not the same thing as “infinite debt”, you know.

But I feel like I get why the Christians feel that there is this demon of badness in an ~abstract~ way—I suppose that even a blue ribbon good boy theologian wouldn’t hold that “the devil” WAS EXACTLY Shiva or whoever, any more than he’s exactly Hitler or whoever; a ‘leader of all evil’ cannot really be made anything ~but~ very abstract, unless you want to get very slanderous indeed—but I’m not saying that they’re under some fluffy bunny/white light curse until they admit that this world is all candy floss, you know, (although it should probably be mentioned that the fluffy bunny witches and white lighter new agers talk in that insufferable cartoon character kind of way, because they’re are trying to not be the cartoon character called, woo loo loo, THE DEVIL, 👹, you know, like…. “No, Sally; he’s worse than my teenage son; he’s—“ “woo loo loo!” 👹 “ahhhh!!!!!” 😱)….

Anyway, maybe we could say that there is a sort of “force” of evil, as well as an entity or entities/persons of good, as well as beings that are disorderly/destructive, so far as it is in their utmost power. Indeed, within this last category we may probably include, albeit to different degrees I suppose, the majority of mankind.

…. Anyway, I do not choose to be a Christian, and I am not a cultural or a folk Christian anymore than I am a Catholic or a Calvinist. Folk Christians actually kinda occupy a special place in my irritations: Christianity as superstitious ideas about outsiders are very, very little else. (Perhaps a few ideas about sex, applied inconsistently.) I realize that the Christians themselves—‘the Christians that think’, for lack of a better term; although they are quite a heady people—see themselves as an alien people (slightly irritating, you know—the Fourth of July isn’t in the Bible; it’s like, Bro, America is what it is…. But it’s summer, for fuck’s sake. It’s your religious belief that we can have winter but not summer holidays, because of the accident of the time of year of Jesus’ birthday?), and that they have not really successfully ‘Christianized’ the USA, the West, the nominally Christian countries, (and themselves, of course)—which is of course, fair and true…. But from my side of the fence, I am not a Christian, and am free to not go to church, not agree with Christians, and even to believe things that often set them off, you know. (Even ‘follow your heart’ rubs some of them the wrong way. If I were a Christian, even if I were a Protestant or whatever, even something as comparatively minor—to the extent anything ever is, it’s true—as ‘nope. No Lent. No Lent for me. The stores are still stocking candy this spring, and I’m still free to buy it! In fact, I’m working on how to ~expand~ myself, ~not~ deny myself, both now and for as long as my life isn’t about to end. Living is no less holy than dying, expansion than negation!’—even that would royally ~set off~ a lot of them, you know. And why stay where you’re not wanted? Nothing draws more criticism than ~not~ drawing off, than staying and demanding a compromise, a settlement, you know.)

But I am also an American. I was raised Christian in a nominally Christian country. I am not a Christian, of the folk or any other variety, but it would be weird and untrue to say that some Christian ideas aren’t in my toolbox of all my total ideas. I can’t un-hear Christian phraseology. Reacting violently against it would merely turn it into a fixation, and wouldn’t remove Christian ideas from my own sum total of possible ideas. I can encounter Christian ideas, unnoticed or (for me, realistically) noticed in un-literary novels (including romances), and in magazines devoted to non-religious topics. People around me will invite Jesus in whenever they damn well please, and they’ll debate the merits of politics, prejudice, and pleasure and all sorts of points together. The guy will be around. Christianity presents itself as both as both the impossible other-worldly (and sometimes as the impossibly just) religion, and also as the colonial, powerful, gets-in-your-face, will-not-be-ignored religion, which is absurd; and yet, so it is.

So, in that context, if a Christian teacher can take away inferior Christian ideas and give superior Christian ideas, I would be ungracious, ungrateful, unhappy, not to welcome such a public service, you know.

…. Of course, sometimes he doesn’t really give enough detail for the reader to determine if he was correct in his choices/attempts to help—it is a very brief book, priced accordingly—but I think it’s fair to say that on average he would be at the very least less negative than the average Christian. The worst I think would be if he simply honestly applied mistaken, naive ideas, (“people should always stay together”); there wouldn’t be that same energy of negativity and blame and so on that Christians so often paint over their mistaken, naive ideas.

And it wouldn’t be because he was afraid of happiness. That’s really one of the great negative things, that really are a problem; even your average shaky idea like a marriage-is-like-this marriage-is-like-that idea, that is true less than half the time, you can at least make a case for, assuming that it’s not simply code for blame and happiness-avoidance, you know….

He just wants you to stay connected to the ultimate Source of your power, you know.

…. (shrugs) And although I think it’s cute to sign off (or introduce it, if it’s a video), saying “do this for the next month/the next 21 days”, etc.—I think realistically you have to make it a part of the rest of your life, albeit along with the other tools you’ll use along the way.

Although I did record myself (I’m working on my voice, now) saying Bruce’s prayer, and I’ll try to listen to it every couple of days, along with other things, and maybe re-record it as I try to get my voice to sound…. Well, my voice actually doesn’t sound bad, now that I’m used to it. But it’s not superlatively excellent yet…. Anyway, maybe today I’ll record myself saying the ho’oponopono prayer, just once, to start with. And maybe I’ll listen to Bruce’s prayer, right now.
  goosecap | Jan 18, 2024 |
Also look at the sequel "Beyond Jabez" in this library.
  MenoraChurch | Oct 30, 2023 |
Also look at the sequel "Beyond Jabez" in this library.
  MenoraChurch | Oct 30, 2023 |
Given to Matthew Hayes - 05/04/2023
  revbill1961 | May 4, 2023 |
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It s a timeless prayer that produces timely results! Bruce Wilkinson takes readers to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God s miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of us. The life of Jabez, one of the Bible s most overlooked heroes of the faith, bursts from unbroken pages of genealogies in an audacious, fourpart prayer that brings him an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing, and protection. Readers who commit to offering the same prayer on a regular basis will find themselves extravagantly blessed by God, and agents of His miraculous power, in everyday life.

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