Genesis 32:6-13, 21-31
No sooner had Jacob escaped from Laban than he was plunged into another trial, for he had to face his injured brother Esau. We shall see how the Lord again preserved his servant.
Men of faith are yet men of common sense. We are to use our wits as well as our prayers. Grace does not make men stupid.) (This is a master argument, “and thou saidst.” It is real prayer when we plead the promise, and hold the Lord to his word.
Solitude is the fit helper of devotion. Company distracts us, but alone we enter into the very soul of prayer); (Prayer must become an agony, a wrestling, if we mean to prevail.
He who shrank one sinew could have crushed Jacob’s whole body: if we overcome the Lord in prayer, it is because he lends us strength, and condescends to be conquered.
This was bravely spoken. Those who thus plead must win the day.
One night spent in prayer ennobled Jacob. How few of us have ever tried to win a princes rank in this way. How much might we gain if we would wrestle for it. When Jacob overcame the angel he virtually disarmed Esau. He who has power with God will surely prevail with men.
He did not gratify his curiosity, but he did better, he enriched him with a divine blessing.
Peniel or the face of God
And who would not be content to halt if he might win what Israel won?
Lord, I cannot let thee go,
Till a blessing thou bestow;
Do not turn away thy face,
Mine’s an urgent pressing case.
No—I must maintain my hold,
‘Tis thy goodness makes me bold;
I can no denial take,
When I plead for Jesu’s sake,