Summary: How to suceed in prayer
I PREVAILING PRAYER PLEADS THE PROMISES
V.9 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,’
a. GOD’S PROMISES ARE UNFAILING
I Kings 8:56 "Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.
b. GOD’S PROMISES ARE IN CHRIST
II Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.
II PREVAILING PRAYER CONFESSES IT’S UNWORTHINESS
V.10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant.
a. HUMILITY IS ESSENTIAL TO GOD’S BLESSING
b. HUMILITY BRINGS EXALTATION
III PREVAILING PRAYER ASKS DEFINITELY
V.11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.
a. DEFINITELY AND CONTINUALLY
b. DEFINITELY AND UNITEDLY
IV PREVAILING PRAYER NEEDS TIME ALONE WITH GOD
V.24 So Jacob was left alone . . .
a. SECRET PRAYER IS EXHORTED BY THE LORD
b. SECRET WAS PRACTISED BY THE LORD
V PREVAILING PRAYER IS INTENSELY EARNEST
V.24 and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
a. EARNEST PRAYER AVAILS WITH GOD
EARNEST PRAYER REACHES GOD
VI PREVAILING PRAYER MANIFESTS CLINGING FAITH
V.26 "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
a. A CLINGING FAITH DOES NOT WAVER
b. A CLINGING FAITH BRINGS RESULTS
VII PREVAILING PRAYER IS REWARDED
V.28 & 29 "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." . . . " Then he blessed him there.
a. GOD’S WORD PROMISES AN ANSWER
b. PREVAILING PRAYER WILL BE ANSWERED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD