Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Prayers of Promise

Prayers of Promise

 

“Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers and children. But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’” (Genesis 32:11-12)

The promises of God are strong encouragements and a foundation to prayer. Jacob lived up to his name which meant deceiver. He was devious. Among other deceptions, he tricked his brother, Esau, out of his birthright and stole his blessing.

As Jacob returned to his country at the instruction of the LORD, he became so fearful that this deceiver shifted to desperation. He called out to God for deliverance from his brother. He found his confidence and hope to pray in God’s promises that the LORD previously had given when he refreshed with him the covenant made with Abraham. It included promises of a new name, a new land, descendants so numerous that they could not be counted, and that he would be a blessing to all nations. He prayed that God would save him based on God’s promise of prosperity and the multitude of descendants yet to come.

After sending all of his family and possessions ahead, “Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.” God had appeared to him as a man. Jacob had wrestled with God and man all his life, and here he physically encountered God in an Old Testament appearance as a man seen in this wrestling match. Jacob was so desperate and fearful that he clung to the man pleading for a blessing. He had gone from stealing his brother’s blessing from his earthly father, Isaac, to begging his heavenly Father for the blessing of his very life.

The man (the LORD) touched his thigh in such a way that it left Jacob with a limp. He gave him the new name, Israel, because he had struggled with God (including in prayer) and man and had overcome. He blessed Jacob there. (vs. 28-29). Jacob said “…I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” (vs. 30) Jacob, the deceiver who had become desperate for God’s help, also became dependent on God.

Jacob had a new walk, a new name, a new blessing, and a new relationship with the LORD. The promises of God provided the opportunity for him to pray in faith in his hour of desperation. God honored his promises and met Jacob’s need.

Easter reminds us to pray with God’s promises and truths giving us confidence. Paul prayed for the Ephesians to know God’s “incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the workings of his mighty strength which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms….” (Eph. 1:19-20) We have the promise that we can pray in the power of the resurrection of Jesus.

Mark your calendars for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast on May 6 and watch for more info.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care