Wrestling With God

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 9/24/2023 10:00 AM

Join us on a spiritual journey today as we uncover the profound lessons within the story of Jacob wrestling with God. In this sermon, we'll explore the incredible power of persistent prayer, drawing inspiration from Jacob's unyielding determination and boldness in seeking God's blessing. Just as Jacob refused to let go until he received God's intervention, we too can learn to pray with unwavering faith and tenacity. Let's delve into this transformative message together! #PrayerPower #JacobWrestlesWithGod


  • First Reading: Luke 18:1-8
  • Second Reading: Genesis 32:9-13, 22-30
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Jacob and Esau are Reconciled: Genesis 33:1-11
Tuesday Pharaoh's Dream: Genesis 41:1-24
Wednesday Joseph to the Rescue: Genesis 41:25-36
Thursday Joseph Is Exalted: Genesis 41:37-45
Friday Enslaved in Egypt: Exodus 1:8-14
Saturday Defiant and Dauntless Women: Exodus 1:15-2:10
Sunday Moses and the Burning Bush: Exodus 3:1-15

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Lord, as I wake up today, I draw strength from the audacity and tenacity of Jacob's prayer life. I recognize that I often approach You with timidity. Yet, I understand now that I need to be more audacious and tenacious in my prayers. Help me to express my needs and desires to You, knowing that You hear me and care about my requests. Like Jacob, may I have the boldness to wrestle in prayer and refuse to let go until I receive my blessing. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Dear Lord, as I prepare for rest, I am reminded of Jacob's unyielding prayer. Like Jacob, help me to have the audacity to wrestle with You in prayer, to not let go until I receive my blessing. May I carry the lessons from Jacob's life into my own prayer life, shifting from timidity to tenacity, and in doing so, find my life transformed. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: In the sermon, we explored Jacob's audacity and tenacity in prayer. How does this perspective challenge or inspire your current prayer life? Can you identify any specific changes you want to make?

  • Reflection Question: Reflecting on the sermon, what stood out to you about the concept of wrestling with God in prayer? How can you apply this concept in your own prayer life?

  • Reflection Question: The sermon highlighted the transformative power of persistent prayer, as seen in Jacob's life. How might you cultivate persistence in your own prayers, even when answers seem slow to come? How can you encourage others to do the same?