“A prayer-less soul is a Christ-less soul.”
– CHARLES SPURGEON
In part two, I showed you how prevailing prayer gives Understanding of the Almighty. (Click here to read part 2)
Now for part 3:
#3 CONFORMING TO THE ALMIGHTY
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, 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.
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
AN UNUSUAL ENCOUNTER
Jacob has lived most of his life as a deceiver. Actually, his name literally meant “heel-catcher”. He was very clever and deceptive. He had gained his substance in life through his wit and manipulation. Now, God was about to show him what he was really created for.
To give you a little background, Jacob has manipulated every system possible to get ahead in life. Much of this has been at the expense of his elder brother Esau. Now it’s judgment day!
Jacob is traveling back to his homeland knowing Esau will be waiting for him. Time to get serious with God! There in the cover of darkness, someone attacks Jacob. Is it Esau?! Could it be a hired hit man?! No way to tell, it’s too dark. Somewhere in the confusion of the encounter, Jacob comes to realize this has something to do with God Himself!
I’ll not take time to go through all the details of the story, but for now notice that Jacob has made up in his mind to prevail in this struggle. Not with Esau – WITH GOD!
YOUR GREATEST STRUGGLE IS WITH GOD!
We like to romanticize the great battle between good and evil, light and darkness, and so on. In reality, you were never expected to defeat the devil! Jesus did that with a cross and an empty tomb! Your battle is with God.
You must allow God to break your will so He can show you His! If you can win in prayer with God, there’s nothing that can defeat you out there. Jacob’s real problem wasn’t with Esau – it was with God, and that had to be settled!
DON’T LET GO UNTIL!
What a powerful position Jacob has taken! “I’ll not let go unless you bless me.” Jacob knew whatever he faced ahead would need God’s power to prevail. He meant business with God!
NO MORE JACOB!
After Jacob prevailed, the messenger changed his name from Jacob (heel-catcher) to Israel. He had prevailed. The old man was gone and God had an Israel He could work with.
This prevailing prayer conforms us into His desired image. His vessel. His instrument. There’s a difference in prayer and prevailing prayer. I’ve talked to so many who say, “oh yes, I pray.” Really? How long has it been since you really meant business with God? I’m not talking about just unloading all your requests either. Prevailing prayer spends time with Him until something changes.
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; [emphasis mine]
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