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Summary: We win with God by losing.

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HOW TO WRESTLE GOD AND WIN

Genesis 32:22-32

S: God’s blessing

Th: Prayer: A Passion for His Presence

Pr: WE WIN WITH GOD BY LOSING.

?: How?

KW: Needs

TS: We will discover in Genesis 32 three needs that we have in order to win in our losing battle with God.

Inductive

The _____ need we have is a…

I. RUINATION

II. RELATIONSHIP

III. REMINDER

RMBC 06 January 02 AM

INTRODUCTION:

1. Have you ever entered into a struggle that you knew you could not win?

ILL personal

When I was in high school in Genesee county, I was on the wrestling team…

And I was back. I had been away a longtime. There was great tension in the air. The band was playing. The crowd was already full of excitement. Entering into the gymnasium were two powerhouses of the area’s high school wrestling teams: Byron-Bergen and Attica—both in first in their respective leagues. And I was on one of those teams (Byron-Bergen), wrestling first in the lowest weight class, 98.

It was the end of the season. I had been out for two months with a back injury that was still bothering me. But I wanted to go the finals, and I needed the tune up. I already had sewn up the number one seed in the sectionals, but I needed the work. I was nervous. Would my back hold? I didn’t feel strong. I was out of shape. But I was hoping that I would be clever enough to survive and win in unfriendly territory.

The whistle blew to bring the two of us out to the mat. I shook hands with the fellow I was about to wrestle and as I looked at him, I wondered how he fit all that muscle into 98 pounds. But that didn’t worry me. I had beaten some real muscular guys before. I was worried about my back. The whistle blew and the match began. I was tentative. Then our first clash. He grabbed my wrist. All of sudden, I froze. I said to myself, “Oh-oh!” No one had ever grabbed me with such strength before. But I was going to do the best I could, no matter how strong this guy was.

For five minutes, I held the guy off with every trick I knew, but during the third period with a minute to go, I found myself looking at the wonders of the steel structure that held up the roof, and then, a resounding slap on the mat. It was over. It was the first and only match that I lost by being pinned.

You know, as soon as the match began, I knew I was not going to win.

It’s not that I gave up.

I was a realist.

I was not in shape to win.

I was just hoping to finish the match against a superior opponent.

Speaking of struggle, I wonder if any of you have ever struggled with prayer?

If you have, join the club.

2. This year, our emphasis is on the subject of prayer.

Our theme is “Prayer: A Passion for His Presence.”

And our theme verse is the prayer of Jabez that is found in I Chronicles 4:10.

This year, it is my desire that we, as a church family, would be renewed in terms of our relationship with God, and, as a result, appreciate anew this great gift God has given us in prayer.

3. When we come to the story of Jacob in Genesis 32, some have viewed the story as an example of a heroic struggle about persisting in prayer.


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