Date: May 14, 2000

Series: Conversations with God

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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JACOB
and the death of self-sufficiency
Genesis 32


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“So Jacob was left alone,
and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.”

Who was Jacob?

Prayer is an unnatural activity.

From birth we have been learning the rules of self-reliance as we strain and struggle to achieve self-sufficiency. Prayer flies in the face of those deep-seated values. It is an assault on human autonomy, an indictment of independant living. To people in the fast lane, determined to make it on their own, prayer is an embarrassing interruption.

Bill Hybels,
Too Busy
Not to Pray



Jacob leaves dad-in-law Laban, comforted by God's angels (32:1-2)



He anticipates meeting Esau, his long-lost (and possibly very angry!) brother (32:3-6)



Jacob fearfully reacts to a potentially disastrous situation (32:7-12)



Jacob carefully prepares an elaborate contingency plan (32:13-21)



The Night Encounter (32:22-32)



Principles of Prayer from Jacob's story











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