Both the words refuge and shade essentially mean the same thing here in this verse…a place of protection. Psalm 107: 27-29 gives us a vivid picture of when we are battered by the storms of life, “They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits end.” But it doesn’t need to be that way if we will call out to God. For He is our shelter, our shade, our refuge, and our hiding place from the storm. (Isaiah 4:6) And in this place of protection…we can finally experience peace.
What Jabez prayed was pretty simple and straightforward. He asked for divine guidance, protection, and for the Lord to expand his circle of influence around him. And guess what? God gave it to him! Don’t ever think that God is too busy with the breaking news of the day to listen to your prayers…He’s not. Your prayers are equally as important to Him as anything happening in the world today. And remember, there’s tremendous potential power within a simple heartfelt prayer.