The Power of Prayer
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 31-33; Luke 13
Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 32:1-12
It had been twenty years since Jacob had last seen his brother Esau. The last time they were together, Jacob had stolen Esau’s birthright as well as their father’s blessing. Yet when God directed Jacob to go back home, he immediately started the journey. He sent word ahead of him to his brother Esau to let him know he was coming home. The reply he got back must have been terrifying. His messengers reported to him that the man he had cheated out of so much in life was coming to meet him and was bringing with him 400 men. Jacob was overcome with fear as he thought about his brother attacking his people and his family. Jacob could have run around trying to figure out what to do. He could have broken down, mired in worry and doubt. Instead, when he heard this news that brought so much fear and anxiety into his life, he decided to stop everything he was doing and pray. In his prayer, he praised God for all He had given him and asked God for His protection. Later when they finally met again, instead of attacking Jacob, “Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.” (Genesis 33:4) Just as God had promised, he protected Jacob from harm during this meeting.
Prayer is a powerful thing. Prayer can heal disease, protect people, and bring people to Christ, but prayer is not just about coming up with a laundry list of all the things we would like God to do for us. That is not the purpose of prayer. Prayer is about humbling ourselves before God. It is about admitting that we do not have all the answers and that we cannot solve all of our own problems. When we go to God in prayer, we honor his greatness and we praise Him for all of His blessings. When we are faced with challenging circumstances, we can run around trying to figure out a solution on our own. We can become overwhelmed with worry, fear, and doubt about what is going to happen. Alternately, we can stop everything and go to God in prayer. God offers each of us absolute protection – not necessarily from all things that might harm us in this world, but from anything that might hurt us in our eternal life with God. He has guaranteed our salvation and our eternal safety with him. All we have to do is ask.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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