Thursday, March 06, 2014
Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’ I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies. Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. For You said, ‘I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.’” ~ Genesis 32:9-12.
Business and sickness and no direction from God for our prayer thoughts have my mailings coming to you sporadically these days, but that is ok, as we trust God to lead us.
I don’t know about you, but every day I see on the news many signs reflective of God’s warning to us that started this ministry of prayer. I am so grateful to God for His warning, and for His promise that as we seek Him with whole heart, we will be as the children of Israel in the land of Goshen during the plagues of deliverance. Today, in our scripture, three things catch my attention in Jacobs prayer:
- He humbled himself before the Father, acknowledging, “I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to YOUR SERVANT.” May we, too, be humble servants of the Living, Loving, Faithful God we look to and seek after.
- He reminded God of His call on his life, acknowledging God’s leading for him to return to his father’s house. When God calls us to it, He is the one who helps us to do it, supplying our need and empowering us to succeed.
- He reminded God of His promises, expressing His trust in God to fulfill it. God’s word tells us that He put the rainbow in the sky not only for our benefit, but as a reminder to Himself regarding His promise to us. Scriptures tells us to call Him to remembrance. Speaking His promises back to Him so as to say, “I heard You; I received Your Word; and I am trusting You,” is a vital part of prayer.
We started yesterday reading God’s word with a goal to read through its entirety by Easter (30 chapters per day) or by Pentecost (12 chapters per day). Feel free to join in!
All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.