Beyond the Weekend

May 2 | Jacob’s Prayer

May 2, 2018


But you have said, “I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.” Genesis 32:12

Read: Genesis 32:9-12

Listen: Genesis 32


God had promised to bless Abraham and make his descendants numerous. God repeated that promise to Jacob as he fled home. Jacob fears the arrival of his brother Esau and he holds onto God’s promise in his prayer.

His prayer is a moment of vulnerability. He acknowledges what God has done in his life, but also admits he is scared. In this moment, the only thing he has to hold onto is the promise of God.

There are times in our lives where the present seems overwhelming. We may be scared, anxious or stressed about a family conflict or difficult situation.

We may feel like we are living for God, but the future looks uncertain. It is in these moments that we can hold onto God’s promises. We can hold onto the fact that God is good, wise and can be trusted.


Spend some time thinking about the promises of God that you can hold onto. Write Psalm 9:9-10 on a 3×5 card or type in your mobile device. Memorize these verses to help you.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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