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God is Standing by – Pastor W.F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021

GOD IS STANDING BY

TEXT: Genesis 32:21-32

KEY VERSE:
“And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.” – (Genesis 32:25)

The attainment of a noble objective requires good planning, steadfast pursuit and an iron-cast determination. In pressing toward the objective, one must be able to ward off every distracting intrusion for maximum concentration and channelling of all energy and resources towards this singular objective.

Jacob put away all entanglements – his wives, children and entire – family and was left alone. This strategy paid off; soon a man appeared the next moment to engage him in a wrestling all through the night. In the end, he got a new name – Israel “for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed”.

Jacob’s night of wrestling with God’s angel resulted in divine blessings in his life. From then on, his life was never the same. He now realised he was to depend on God, not on his craftiness. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD.” Today, we do not have to wrestle physically in prayer for God to bless us. But we can fervently and persistently call upon His name, believe implicitly on Him and exercise childlike faith. However, we must ensure that we remove all likely obstacles like sin, unbelief and deal with them appropriately.

Jacob may have had only a night with the Lord to receive his breakthrough from heaven. But the real lesson is that we need more than a one-off encounter with God to enjoy continuous benefits – spiritual and material – from our Lord. His blessings are to be sought for in earnest prayer of faith every day.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God is always standing by to answer our prayer of faith.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Romans 10-12

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