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PRAYER: PREVAILING ON WHOM?

But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Gen. 32:26).

Dearly Beloved ICANJ Family,

The Lord commands us to ‘…ask, …seek and knock’ in prayer (Matt. 7:7), thereby, actively encouraging us to exercise a wonderful privilege, the Lord has provided for our spiritual growth and purposeful existence.

The New Living Translation says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you”.

But how many of us remember or know that prayer is not so much informing God who is ignorant about our situations, or persuading God who is otherwise not willing to help us.

Many a times, we term prayer as ‘prevailing on God’, and so tend to think that it’s all in how much we are able to convince an otherwise reluctant God to receive answers to our prayers. Instead it’s God who tries to prevail on us during times of prayer, to bring us to a point of surrender to His blessed will.

As in the case of Jacob with whom God wrestled (certainly Jacob also prevailed in prayer seeking God’s blessings) until he recognized and confessed his failures, God tries to prevail on us to conquer and subdue us to the full obedience of His perfect will. So the times of prayer are also times when God is trying to prevail on us.

Blessed are those who understand this concept and use this spiritual weapon that the Lord has given in our hands.

This doesn’t mean that we should not be praying for our needs or situations. It simply means that there is a higher purpose for our lives than we many times can see or comprehend. So even as we pray, let there be a humble submission to the sweet and noble purpose of God.