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Summary: Believers are in a process of "evolution"- what I call the process of transformation from glory to glory. The Lord designs and expects that the Church be dynamic in experience and operations. Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel. One of the ways of practica

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JACOB TO ISRAEL: WRESTLING BOUT OF DESTINY

PROFILES OF STRIKING BIBLE PRAYERS

1. JABEZ. The Prayer of Jabez seems to have worked at "the snap of the fingers". There is no record of the time and place where this prayer took place. “And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bore him with sorrow.

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 1Ch 4: 9, 10.

However the overwhelming magnitude of the answers to this prayer has over the time tricked many believers into thinking that it was as simple as it was written.

Comparing scripture with scripture we find that it couldn’t have been at the snap of the fingers!

2. ELIJAH. "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed EARNESTLY that it would not rain; and it did not rain for three years and six months. And he prayed AGAIN, and heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit”. "The effectual FERVENT prayer of a righteous man avails much”. Jam. 5:17, 16

3. JESUS. Jesus prayed and His sweat was like drops of blood! "And being in agony, He (Jesus) prayed more EARNESTLY, then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground" Lk. 22:44. This is how it was with the One who probably needed not to pray!

The “simplicity” of the Prayer of Jabez has almost made the believers of today forget about the Prayer of Jacob. Both are necessary for emphasis if our destinies will respond to divine intentions.

4. JACOB. In Gen. 32 we have the account of a great wrestling bout of Jacob that translated him to Israel. Jacob had all the time been having it cheap by trickery and deceit. For all this time his destiny was enshrouded in obscurity and controversy. He was a vagabond and a servant of others constantly living in fear and not sure of his footsteps. He was a shadow of his best. He has always won with man but not with God. In the language of the Syrophoenician woman, he was like a dog eating the crumbs from the bread of his master, holding the shadow and not the substance of Gods’ covenant with him and his fathers.

This is the position of many believers in the church now. Many are satisfied with the crumbs, with just the expression of the blessing of Jacob the man and not Israel the prince. They forget that there is a place in God reserved for the importunate, the "stubborn-faith" seekers of God. They don’t understand that there is a place in God where your Abram can become Abraham, where Jacob can be transformed to Israel. God, the God of Israel, is the Sea of unfathomable Depth.

Believers of today have forgotten that Jacob was the beginning, not the end. To sit at the Bus Stop of Jacob and believe we have arrived is to consciously limit ourselves and be comfortable with the average. Even Jacob understood that snatching the birthright from Esau was not enough to get him to where he ought to be. He had to wrestle. He had to fight. This aspect of our Christian experience is unarguably absent in the present-day Church setting.


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