And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day (Gen. 32:24 KJV).
Jacob wrestled with God one night as he was journeying back to meet his father Isaac. He had tricked his brother Esau before he left home. Jacob knew the decision to return would either result in life (if Esau accepted him), or death (if Esau was still offended). To make things worse, he heard that Esau, now a military general, was coming with 400 armed men to meet him. Jacob was in distress.
The Bible records an event that has baffled scholars for centuries. Jacob met a Man that night and wrestled with Him until morning. That Man turned out to be God Almighty! Jacob physically wrestled with God, and would not let Him go. The Man finally said to him “thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Gen. 32:28 KJV).
Jacob prevailed with God the night before he met Esau. He also prevailed when he met Esau. Can you see the pattern? If you want to prevail in life’s circumstances, you must first prevail spiritually with God. You might be thinking, “But God has never appeared to me as a Man so that I can also wrestle with Him and prevail!”.
Today, we do not wrestle with God physically, but in prayer. The scripture describes Epaphras as “always laboring fervently” in prayer. You need to wrestle in prayer for your ministry, your family, and your community, if you want to prevail in physical circumstances.
What is the significance of the words “left alone” with respect to wrestling in prayer? Declare to yourself again and again that “I am laboring fervently in prayer for my life, and the lives of those around me”.
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Have you ever laid awake all night because a situation had taken you hostage? Rather than staring at your ceiling, do what Jacob did. Wrestle in prayer!
Pray that the Spirit will make you a wrestler in prayer!
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