here @ Bible Gateway) is one of those prayers that encourages me, or better, gives me a clearer understanding of the attitude I need to have in prayer.
Jacob’s appeal to God has three elements that instruct me in prayer:
- He comes to God in the midst of obedience. He is currently doing what the Lord had told him to do, namely, return to his own country.
- He does not claim to be worthy of God’s attention. He acknowledges his dependence on God and the lavish grace with which God has blessed him.
- He reminds God of His promise to Jacob to make him a mighty innumerable nation.
- Am I currently in obedience to Him?
- Do I recognize that this is not about me but rather about the plan of God, His purposes?
- Am I approaching Him based on what He has promised?