Well, in this article I am going to share with you the format of prayer (outlined in Genesis 32:9-11) that puts you in a position to experience results. I say it puts you in the position for and not brings you results because in order to manifest them your must believe in that which you are praying. And that's one factor that I can't teach you. I can't teach you how to believe, I can't teach you how to put all your trust and heart into the words you pray. No one can teach you such a thing. It's up to you to figure out. Up to you to commit yourself to stand on the Promises of God. And with that being said let's get started:
In Genesis 32 we find Jacob on his way to meet his brother Esau. He his headed back because the Lord told him too. But he's petrified because Esau threatened to kill him for stealing his birthright. So at this point in the text Jacob prays for protection. And he does so in such a way that provoked God to move on his behalf. And it's an outline that I believe all God's children should follow if they wish to do the same.
First Reverence God:
v 9a "Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac" Before asking for or even thanking God for anything, Jacob acknowledges who God is. God is the great I AM. He should be honored as such. Many of us walk into his presence as though He is any old person or a genie to fulfill our every wish. But He is far beyond that. He is the Creator of the whole world. Ruler and Lord over all. And if you want anything from Him, you must reverence him as such.
Remind Him of His Promises:
v 9b "O Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘I will treat you kindly." Jacob reminded God of what He told him to do and the promises He made if he (Jacob) did them. Many of our prayers would be answered if we just prayed God's word back to him, and do our part. Many of the Promises the Lord laid out in the Bible are contingent upon our actions. However, when we don't do what we are told we often cry and plead to God when things fall apart. It's time out for this. Much of what you are expecting God to do is delayed not because of God, but because of you.
v 10a "I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant." Jacob knew his place. Compared to an Almighty God we are nothing, unworthy of even his presence. Far too often we forget this. Because we are so educated, so "spiritual", so seasoned, that we get cocky and forget who we are. But God says that he detest the proud and they will not go unpunished. So if we ever want to see God move in our lives humility is the key.
Rejoice in Gratitude
v 10b "When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps!" How quickly we forget all that God has done for us. We often treat him like a no good parent who never keeps his word. The interesting thing is, if our own children came to us this way we would put a stop to it real quick. If they came asking for something with the mindset of "you never done anything for me so you have to do this or do that." We'd never take such disrespect and ungratefulness. But that's exactly what we give God. If we'd only take the time to remember, rejoice in it, and tell God how much we appreciate what he's already done; there is no doubt that he would be willing to do more and more for us.
Reveal your Request
v 11 "O Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children." Just as Jacob did you must make our request known. Know specifically what you are in need of and ask for it.
It is my hope that this helps you to properly bring your request to the Lord and that is manifest the results you seek. Don't forget to leave a comment to let me know how you have applied this information into your own life.
Thanks for reading,