Genesis 32:11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. 12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Jacob is afraid that his brother, Esau, might just kill him. He goes to God in prayer. He prays stating exactly what he is feeling. He isn’t playing a game just laying it all on the table. He then reminds God of His promise to him. He says, “God, remember what you promised me.”
This is the key to prayer. We start in the Bible. We know what God said. When we pray, we want to pray according to His will. To pray according to His will, you will need to know what He has stated. Once you know what the Bible says then you can ask God with confidence to do what He said He would do.
Too often prayer is you talking to God in a vacuum. You have no idea what He thinks or what He says. You just know what you think and what you want. God is no genie for you to manipulate to get what you want. You are His child, His servant to find His will and honor. Prayer starts by looking at the promises.
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