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Wrestling in Prayer
Throughout the reel prayer series I have used clips from roughly three dozen movies. Of these movies there are few that I would highly recommend for all ages. Evan Almighty, however, is a movie that you can watch with your whole family. It is lighthearted and fun, but it also raises some wonderful questions that would be good for a family to discuss together.
I get less excited talking about the patriarch Jacob. I grew up hearing the stories about his red stew and how he pulled the wool (almost literally) over his old man’s eyes. However, I was an adult before it hit me how incredibly selfish Jacob was. Jacob lived for himself and didn’t give much thought to how his actions affected others. God had big plans for Jacob and his descendants but first he needed to get Jacob’s attention and his allegiance.
I can think of several times in my own life where God made it painfully obvious that I was trusting in myself rather than in Him. Mercifully God has never physically afflicted me but I’ve had my pride bruised, my ego shattered, and my self reliance exposed. I proudly (is that the right word?) walk with a limp today realizing that without God all my labors are truly futile. Perhaps that is what Paul means when he wrote, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”