The Power of Prayer
“Jacob looked up and there was
Esau, coming with his four hundred men.” Genesis 33:1.
Now, Jacob is a new man; his old nature
is totally gone. No timidity, no fear, no strategy. Compare
the change in Jacob:
Genesis 32: 16, 18
… and said to his servants, ‘go ahead of me’
… and you are to say… and he is coming behind
Before struggling with God, he had
decided to be behind everybody. May be to escape death. A
man who had to lead, opted out, preferred to be at the end
After change of name – Israel,
meaning who struggles with God – and receiving God’s
blessings, Jacob had decided to lead the convoy.
“He himself went on ahead and bowed to the ground seven
times as he approached his brother.” Genesis 33:3.
Please see the change in Jacob. A great
faith downed on him. No oscillation or no kind of doubt. His
God is going to change his brother and surely save him from
all fear and fear of death. This is a great revival in Jacob’s
faith life. A backslider had become a forerunner.
See the wonderful miracle that had
happened here… And Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced
him. He threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. AND
You can see their long conversations throughout chapter 33.
Prayer not only changes you but it changes your enemy also.
It gives you courage, honesty, straight forwardness, holiness
and above all, strength tp stand before anybody and cool to
face ant situation. Prayer is not a mere kneeling down or
closing up of eyes for a Prayer is not a mere kneeling down
or closing up of eyes for a few minutes. Prayer is a power
- generating station. It supplies power to you, your wife,
your children and even your neighbors. Sometimes, it lits
your locality and can light up your country.
Observe the tremendous change in Esau.
Where did all his anger, wrath, revenge go? Did he forget
what had happened? Is it too small a thing to forget? Did
he loose his memory power?
The prayer of Jacob had equally changed Esau. An unknown kindness
and fraternity came into his heart. See Esau running, meeting,
embracing and weeping. For the first time, he had a strong
feeling that he was seeing his brother. Jacob was hesitant
to address him as ‘brother’ but Esau, with his
whole heart was addressing him as ‘brother’.
When Jacob insisted Esau to accept his gifts, esau was so
humiliating in saying –
“I have already plenty, my brother keep whar you have
for yourself.” (Vr.9)
Not only that, Esau was so kind and courteous. He wanted to
help his brother in all possible ways.
“Then Esau said, “ Let us be on our way. I will
accompany you.” (Vr.12)
When Jacob politely declined, he further said, “Then
let me leave you some of my men with you.” (Vr.15)
Can we expect a better change in Esau’s life? In fact,
they are born as enemies but God made them friends –
through Prayer. A great revival came unto Esau’s life
and a renewal of a new heart. Again, I repeat, there is power
in your prayer.
Now a days, many are leading a defeated
life. They go to beautiful churches; they open the worship
books and repeat some of the blessings; they carry luxurious
and costly Bibles; they have church membership from time immemorial;
they command Pastor’s respect; their names will be on
every banner and tablets of stone; they pray at the time of
each meal; they give lavishly to the church offertory; and
they are Christians. Everything lives in them except Christ
and His word. Their names are excellent but their life is
disastrous. They are lovers of this world. Their lives need
revival; they need prayer life.
Had not Jacob wrestled that night, what would be his fate?
My dear brother and sister,
Be honest to God. How can you satisfy God and Satan at a time?
You have to leave one and cling to another. Why do you live
without Jesus Christ, who is Savior of this world, who can
free you from every sin and worry and who has shed his precious
blood to change your life?
I encourage you to take a quick decision right now. Accept
Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, abandon every sin, leave
your sinful friends, repent for your sins before the Lord
and start a new life!
May the Lord strengthen you to take
this decision. Amen.