Jacob Praises God for Prosperity

Daily God Walk Tuesday, November 15, 2011

 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O Lord, who said  to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups. – Genesis 32:9-10

 Jacob had been on a long hard journey since God had given him the promise that his descendants would inherit the land. He had fallen in love with Rebecca and had been deceived by Laban, her father, and he married Leah the oldest sister.

He worked with his father-in-law for about 21 years total and God blessed him. When it was time to return to his homeland he had become a wealthy man.

Laban didn’t want to let him leave and Jacob had to sneak away with his wives, children and livestock. When Laban found out he was gone he pursued Jacob and finally overtook him. They made peace, but Jacob’s journey wasn’t yet over.

Word came to Jacob that Esau was preparing to meet him and he had 400 men with him ready for battle. Jacob is fearful for his life and the lives of his family. There is but one thing to do; he must separate himself from the chaos and pray.

Jacob begins his prayer by giving praise to God for the way he had bountifully blessed him. He is reminded of God’s promise to prosper him and make his descendants like the sand of the sea (v14), then he gets down to earnest prayer.

After spending the night wrestling with God in prayer, and as the day is breaking, Jacob cries out, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” That was when God changed his name from Jacob, the deceiver, to Israel, the prince.

It should be remembered that his prayer for favor began with giving God praise for how He had blessed him. We will be facing hard times on our journey of faith and when those times come we must face them with thanksgiving in our heart for the goodness and faithfulness of God and God will see us through.

 Prayer: God, in the midst of trial give me a grateful heart. Amen.

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