When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” From Gen 32
The conversation above is from when Jacob wrestles with God. Jacob is Abraham’s grandson, and much of his life is spent deceiving others or being tricked by someone else. But it is also clear that Jacob spends a lot of time praying with God. When things are rough, he often gets alone and pours out his heart to God. This specific night Jacob is on his way home. He ran away when he was younger after tricking his dying father into giving him his older brother’s birthright. Now he is a man with a family and wealth and livestock. He is traveling home to meet the brother he hasn’t seen in years.
Worried his brother is still angry with him, he sends his family on ahead of him along with all his livestock and possessions. He is left alone by the Jordan river. God comes in the form of a man and wrestles with Jacob all night. Just before dawn, God asks Jacob to let Him go. Jacob refuses until God agrees to bless him.
As I sat in my chair on Sunday and heard this message, it felt like God was loudly speaking to me. “Who are you willing to wrestle me for?” Jacob wrestled God all night for a blessing. What am I wrestling God for? Who do I care so much about that I am ready to stay up all night interceding for them?
God renames Jacob in this story: Israel. “One who wrestles”. I want that to be said of me. When my kids remember me, will they say I was a woman who wrestled daily for them in prayer? That I wouldn’t not give up- would not stop praying for them? What about my friends? My neighbors? Who don’t know God yet, who haven’t surrendered their lives over to His never stopping love? Will I keep praying for them? Will I keep interceding for them? Will I be a woman who wrestles?
God, would you break our hearts for what breaks yours? And would you make us a people who continues to pray and intercede for our community until we see your blessing come through for them?
Our blog is written by pastor Thornton’s wife, Erika. She runs our Family Ministries at Cornerstone and is also a busy stay at home mom. She is excited about seeing families experience God together in practical, life changing ways! Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Pinterest.