by J.D. Greear

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Wrestling All Night (1 of 2)
Series: Press Through: Prayer
JD Greear
Genesis 32:9-30

We just finished a series through 1 John called Assured in which we looked at how we can know where we stand with God.

• Easter is just around the corner and we have some special things coming up. John Piper speaking...
• We have a series on family and relationships right after Easter called First Love that I am really looking forward to...
• But I had a couple of weeks in here, to kill (if you will) and I wanted to use them to talk about something I sense the Spirit of God really saying to our church. Something he wants to develop in us-and that is to teach us how to pray.

Prayer is the most undervalued resource in our lives and our families and our church. The Bible teaches us that all the blessings that God wants to bestow on us, he does so through prayer. Prayer is the conduit by which his power comes into your family; it's the way you lay hold of the promises and blessings of God.

Most people, whether they are religious or not, pray at crucial points in their lives. You may not really believe in God at all but you get scared and start praying. Where does that impulse come from? And how can you pray effectively?

Over the next two weeks we're going to look at two Old Testament characters who had profoundly shaping encounters with God and got their prayers answered, to see what we can learn about how we should pray.


The first one is Jacob.

Jacob: Genesis 32:9-30
Genesis 32 if you have your Bible. Genesis 32 is the story of Jacob wrestling all night with a strange, heavenly man of some kind. It's supposed to be, among other things, a picture of prayer.

But before we get into that, let me set the background of this story

Jacob had cheated his older twin brother, Esau, out of his inheritance. In those days, the oldest son got "the birthright," which meant up to 2/3 of his father's wealth, and in the case of thi ...

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