Genesis 32:24-30 – Except Thou Bless Me

Genesis 32:24-30
24
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

-The idea of a man wrestling with God Himself may seem peculiar at first, but did you know that this is supposed to typify our prayer life?  How often do you get alone with God and absolutely refuse to let Him go until your request is granted?  Such diligence it not to be taken lightly.  As in the case of Jacob, getting this close to God will leave an impression that will forever change the way we walk and the way we are identified.  But once the Lord has left His mark on your life, your prayers will finally line up with His will; you will no longer pray for money, worldly success, or temporal convenience of any kind.  Your only prayer will be that the Lord would bless you, because the blessing of the Lord is the only true prosperity that exists.

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