Thursday, 27 August 2009
Wrestling with God
"Prayer in its highest form and grandest success assumes the attitude of a wrestler with God." - E.M.Bounds
When we read that Jacob wrestled with the angel (Genesis 32) we must not allow the images of WWF to come to our minds. That kind of wrestling is often staged and is a farce. Jacob wrestled with the angel, because he was desperate to be blessed - he wrestled because he felt that his life depended on it.
The theme of wrestling in prayer continues in the New Testament. Colossians 4:12 -"He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured."
May we continue to wrestle in prayer with God. It does not show disrespect to God when we struggle in our prayers. In fact, I believe that it reveals the depth of our relationship with him. We only wrestle when we can trust the character of God.
So what are we struggling with today? What answers are we seeking? What 'blessing' are we desiring?
Wrestling in prayer,