WEDNESDAY 8TH AUGUST, 2018
THEME: WRESTLING WITH GOD
TEXT: GENESIS 32:22-32
MEMORY VERSE: GENESIS 32:26 “And he said, Let Me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let Thee go, except thou blesses me.”
This passage is very interesting because it tells us of a man wrestling with Omnipotent God. How can this happen? This wrestling, to be frank, is of a man wanting to get something from this self-existent Heavenly Being and decides to hold onto Him until he gets his desire from Him. Jacob was in a serious fix. He was about to meet with Esau who had sworn to kill him after the death of their father, Isaac (Gen. 27:41). The time was near and in order to get himself in the right position, he sought to seek the Lord in a vigil and a divine encounter took place. The man was fighting for his own life and soul to preserve them from death. He was not ready to die from the sentence passed upon him. That was the real wrestling that he had with the LORD.
Many do not wrestle fiercely nor for long in this manner, but get wearied and tired in the place of prayer and give up easily. Many don’t even want to attend vigils where hearts are poured to God in Prayer. Agonising prayer is not an easy task at all. The type of prayer that Elijah prayed to bring back rain was not the type of easy-going prayers we pray today. It was a concerted type of arrow prayer with deep groanings which cannot be described. It was an agonizing prayer, the type Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane before His arrest, trial and execution at Calvary. Jesus Himself was ‘wrestling’ with His Father when He said let this cup pass over Me, but had to give in because that was why in the first place He came to the world.
Beloved, wrestling with God is not the type we see on the television screen; it is, indeed, that of serious intercession and deep prayer in a bid to get through and receive an answer in time of need. Pray without ceasing until you get what you want from God.
HYMN: EMHB 523–I WILL NOT LET THEE GO, THOU HELP IN TIME OF NEED…
PRAYER: Lord, grant me the grace to pray without ceasing even after achieving my aim through You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.