The Power of Prayer
Dear Father, Today as we gather here to talk about the Bible, and encourage each other till we see You face-to-face, we want to lift up Mogen. We praise Your holy name that she is not alone in MN. In fact, the God of Abraham and the fearsome God of Isaac (Gen. 31:42) and the sovereign God of Jacob is the God of Morgen, too. Thank you for being right there with her family during this time; and, for placing encouraging people around them. Also, for those that are stepping in to serve them with love. There is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,” (Ecc. 3:4). Thank you for words in the Bible that bring us peace. Words that you knew we would need to hear. May people surrounding this family grow in their faith as they witness Jesus in the mist of their loss. May this time bring even more harmony and love to this clan. May your glory be seen and may your love be felt with Morgen. We love you Jesus, with all of our heart, in your name we pray, Amen.
Today in the Chronological Bible reading ~
After a couple of decades Jacob was returning to his home land with his entire clan. Shortly, he would bump into Esau, his brother who years before had wanted to kill him. (Gen. 27:41-45)
Jacob was afraid. What did he do?
Earnestly he prayed and reminded the Lord about the promise that was made to his grandfather, Abraham (Gen. 22:18 & 26:4).
Can you imagine spending the night with God alone?
Jacob prevailed in prayer.
And, do you realize what happened with this faithful prayer warrior?
“Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast [overcome]” (Gen. 32:28).
Through the centuries to come, the people of God would be called by his name Israelites. Wow. We too are in a Covenant relationship with God through Jesus our Savior and our Mediator. Like Jacob we also will have days where we are afraid. When we are faced with troubles we can do what Jacob did: pray. We can “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17).
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
To Do: Pray in faith and trust in the Lord to answer.