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I Will Not Let You Go — Prayers of Note


“Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, ‘Let me go, for the day breaks.’ But he said, ‘I will not let You go unless you bless me!’” Genesis 32:25-26

 A couple things stand out here. First, the angel is wrestling with Jacob. When we wrestle with God, it is usually during a time of trials. Jacob had just come from fleeing Laban and was under the threat of his brother’s retaliation the next day. It was not an easy time for him. Just as now, under quarantine and in the midst of a global pandemic, we are not living through an easy time.

 The second thing I want to bring to your attention is Jacob’s unusual prayer,

“I will not let you go unless you bless me!”


He was striving through the night. He refused to give up, to leave the Angel’s presence until he was given God’s blessing. How often do we give up after praying for only a few minutes or an hour? Do we ever strive with God through the night until we see the break of day? If our prayer time seems dry and we are not blessed with God’s presence immediately, we often give up after a few short minutes. Jacob’s prayer was one of desperation because he knew the power of prevailing. He knew that God would bless him if he would continue to strive.

 We are living through a unique time right now. Many of us are spending more time at home than we have in many years. We have more empty time on our hands than we are accustomed to. Are we taking this time to do what Jacob did? Are we striving in prayer until the Lord blesses us with His presence?

Or are we consuming more television, spending more time on our phones, and missing the opportunity we have to linger in God’s presence?

 I want to encourage us all to devote much of our extra time to seeking the heavenly things during this time because “everything else will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

Ravi Zacharias Excerpt- Answered Prayer Series


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