- Many Christians fail to receive victory over their problems because they give up too soon.
Victory will come with determination and fighting in the place of prayer. Instead of failing to receive, refuse to fail! That’s where your victory lies – in your absolute, unwavering determination to win!
You may remember the story about Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau—how Jacob stole their father’s blessing that was supposed to go to the eldest child, Esau. When Esau found out and threatened to kill Jacob, Jacob fled, and stayed away for many years.
One day, God spoke to Jacob and told him to return to the land of his father. So, Jacob gathered up his family and all of their belongings, and headed home. But, on the way, when Jacob learned that his brother was approaching with 400 men, he sent his family and troops on ahead, and he went into prayer.
That night, an angel of the Lord appeared, and Jacob began wrestling with him. The prophet Hosea tells us:
Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;
Jacob wept. He wrestled. He made supplication. He cried out unto God. He refused to give up or become discouraged. The Book of Genesis, chapter 32, verse 26, tells us that Jacob refused to let go of the angel until the angel blessed him.
Jacob had an encounter where he took hold of God. He wrestled with such determination and power that the angel asked Jacob to let him go. Jacob prevailed, and because he prevailed, the angel changed his name from Jacob (supplanter, which means deceiver) to Israel (contender with God), and said to him, for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed (Genesis 32:28).
As we wrestle through prevailing prayer, we have power with God and with men. We do not wrestle in our own strength, but in the strength of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Jacob then met up with his brother Esau and there was a great reunion. Jacob’s encounter with the angel of God is an example of the type of prevailing prayer that we must have today. It is prayer that overcomes all opposition, delays, and seemingly impossible circumstances.
- Abraham wrestled and prevailed on behalf of Lot (Genesis 18:22-33).
- Moses wrestled and prevailed for Israel’s victory over Amalek (Exodus 17:8-15).
- Isaiah and Hezekiah prevailed for Israel’s deliverance from Sennacherib (II Chronicles 32:20).
- Epaphras wrestled and prevailed in prayer for the Church at Colosse. Paul said, Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12).
Prevailing prayer is God’s chosen way to bring down heaven’s power and resources to Earth. God is calling forth intercessors in every nation to wrestle and prevail in prayer on behalf of souls who are blinded by sin and bound by Satan.
He is calling intercessors that will prevail in prayer for a great, end-time outpouring of God’s spirit and for doors to open in countries that are now closed to the Gospel.
In your own life, there may be physical, financial, or other major needs that can only be changed by wrestling in mighty and prevailing prayer. Just as Jacob had a divine encounter, you too can prevail with God in prayer, and take hold of the answers that you need.
Say this faith declaration out loud: Dear Lord, I will be like Jacob and refuse to let go. I will refuse to stop praying and believing. I will determine to take hold of Your promises, and will hold on tight until I receive everything that I need.
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
II Chronicles 20:15
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:57
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