The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bible misreadings 101

'Pray then in this way: Our father ...' (Matthew 6:9)

Bruce Wilkinson's The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life (Multinomah, 2000) has caused such a sensation that we should look more closely at its claims.

Wilkinson makes many good points. But his preface insists that 1 Chronicles 4:10, "tucked away in the Bible, ... contains the key to a life of extraordinary favor with God." Yet why should this obscure passage be our "model prayer"?

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