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Jesse M. Hendley
''Power With God Because of Power in Prayer'' is our subject today. In the Book of Hosea, chapter 12, we have a tremendous expression. Verse 3, ''He had POWER with God.'' There are worlds of people who want power with men, physical power, intellectual power. But, friends, the most powerful man in the world today is THE MAN WHO HAS POWER WITH GOD.
This refers to a man by the name of Jacob and goes back to the time when Jacob wrestled with the angel on that lonely night. He was absolutely alone and running from the wrath of his brother Esau, whom he had tricked. He ran to God for protection. Because of his own sin, Jacob wrestled alone with the angel of God until the dawning of the day. The angel of the Lord was the Lord Himself.
We read this word, ''He (Jacob) had power with God because he had power in prayer.'' And we read in verse 4, ''Yea, he had power over the angel and prevailed. He wept, made supplication unto him, he found Him, in Bethel.''
Now notice, friends, how this man had POWER WITH GOD because he had POWER IN PRAYER. There is no power with GOD unless there is power in PRAYER. He wept, he made supplication, and he found Him in Bethel, the house of God. The true house of God is that place where we find God in prayer. That is the true house of God. The place where God lives is the place of PRAYER! I don't care if it is some lonely desert place with a stone for a pillow and you are totally alone, or whether it is a thronged city with multitudes rushing up and down the street. Wherever you are, it is in the place of PRAYER that you will find God, and with God you will find POWER.
''He wept.'' He was dead in earnest.
''He made supplication.'' He ASKED God for something.
''AND HE FOUND HIM.'' Beloved friends, the greatest thing we find is not God's protection, but God HIMSELF. When we have God, we have His protection. It is not God's gifts but God Himself we need. If we have God, w ...
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