Hello everyone! It has been a while since I’ve shared my heart in a blog post. Well I’m back and we will be on our regular schedule from here out. (famous last words, huh??)
I hope everyone has had a great winter thus far. We have had lots on snow on the ground here, it’s been beautiful, a winter wonderland! We went from snow to 60 degree weather! Weather in the south, you’ve got to love it!
My pastor has been focusing on prayer this month in his sermons. This is the month of prayer for our church. So I’ve spent some time focusing on prayer and using my prayer journal to talk to God about the things on my heart.
Last week I spent time fervently seeking God and listening for His voice in my prayer time. That particular day God took my eyes to Colossians 4:12 where Epaphras is mentioned by Paul as a man who was wrestling in prayer for the church. I’ve read this passage before but again God had me pause here.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you…Colossian 4:12
God began to place a dear friend on my heart for which I had been praying for some time. But I heard God say, Wrestle in prayer for her. What was He saying to me? I mean I had been praying for her. Was I not praying believing?
I began to study this passage and others. In Genesis 32, Jacob wrestled with God. Jacob was so fearful about seeing his estranged brother Esau, because Esau was bringing 400 men with him, and Jacob didn’t see this ending well.
Rather than God coming to him in a dream, He chose to come to Him in a wrestling match. This intense match where Jacob eventually realized he was wrestling with the Almighty God went on all night. Finally God dislocates Jacob’s hip to end the match. Jacob says in intense pain, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26).
His response clearly pleases God and God says He will bless Jacob. Jacob limps away, hurting in body, but with the faith that when he faces Esau, God will be with him, and he has nothing to fear.
Wrestling in prayer is agonizing over the request with God. Fervently praying over these requests. Have there been times in your life where you’ve been on the floor praying and crying out to God? I know I have. It’s during these intense times of wrestling in prayer that I have felt God pour His greatest blessings on me. When like Jacob I’ve gotten up limping, but my faith was increased.
I began to wrestle in prayer this week for a dear friend, and I enlisted some of my prayer partners to pray with me. As we wrestled in prayer for her, I’ve watched as God has not only moved in her situation, but He has increased my faith as well. I’ve loved being able to tell the ladies I asked to pray with me of how my friend’s making progress. So then their faith is increased.
Perhaps you’re at a time in life where you don’t know what to do. Perhaps God is calling you to wrestle in prayer. When God calls us to wrestle with Him, there’s always more going on than we first understand and God always uses it to transform us for good.
Just as God pursed Jacob for the wrestling match, I know He pursed my heart to wrestle on behalf of my friend this week. The fear I felt when thinking about the wrestling match, dissipated as God poured greater faith and blessing on my life and the life of my friend during the wrestling.
When God calls us to wrestle with Him, there’s always more going on than we first understand and God always uses it to transform us for good.
If God is calling you to wrestle in prayer, it’s an invitation to a greater blessing He has for you. You may not receive it the way you thought, but out of this intense time of prayer, you will receive blessings you never saw coming. That is how great our God is. He pursues us because He loves us.
It’s here I see God transforming me and my faith is growing in Him. It is here in fighting in prayer for my friend that He is changing me. It is here in the wrestling match that He is showing me , “Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world.” It is here He is teaching me to listen to His voice. It is here that He reminds me of Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Then I began to sing that wonderful song, “What a powerful name it is, what a powerful name it is, the name of Jesus.” Thank you Jesus!
Wrestling in prayer. It’s a good place to be, so this is where I want to be, how about you?
See you next week and we will begin to talk about loving like Jesus loves. I’m so excited to share with you all how God has been pursing my heart to love others like He loves me and what that looks like. It’s been an exciting journey thus far. I’m gearing up for some 4 week Bible studies, I hope you will do this with me. Have a great weekend!