3/2 - "And Jacob was left alone. And a Man wrestled with him until
the breaking of the day." (Gen. 32:24 - ESV) Jacob was returning to
his homeland, after his stay with his Uncle Laban. He still feared his
brother, Esau. He prayed to God for protection. That night a Man (God
Himself) wrestled with Jacob. They wrestled all night. We don't know
what conversation took place between them, except that Jacob asked God
to bless him, which He did. But a thought! Have you ever "wrestled"
with God in prayer for something that you desperately needed or wanted?
"But You, O Lord, do not be far off! O You my help, come quickly to my
aid!" (Psalm 22:19 - ESV) David was another of God's children who
"wrestled" with God in prayer. God's own Son, Jesus, quoted the first
part of verse 1 of this Psalm while hanging on the cross. Even Jesus
"wrestled" with His Father in prayer. Something we should remember
about this - even though God did not answer His Son's prayer at this
time, Jesus nevertheless submitted to His Father's will.
- "The Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, 'I am God Almighty; walk
before Me, and be blameless.'" (Gen. 17:1b - ESV) God is always
ready to answer His children's prayers in the best way for them at the
time, but He also expects His children to remember Who He is, respect
Him, and follow in His ways.
3/5 - "Therefore,
since we have been justified by faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1 - ESV) We
must never forget that the only reason we dare approach God with any
requests is because we have been justified by faith - faith in Jesus
Christ as our Lord and Savior from sin, death, and the power of the
3/6 - "Then Jesus answered her, 'O woman,
great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.' And her
daughter was healed instantly." (Matt. 15:28 - ESV) In this story of
the Canaanite woman who "wrestled" with Jesus in prayer in behalf of
her daughter, Jesus answered her prayer, according to her
request, and even commended her great faith. Jesus is still willing to
answer seemingly impossible prayers offered in great faith.