“He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:”
Of all people who had power with God, you would never imagine Jacob being that person. Jacob’s life was filled with deceit, trickery and deception. He deceived his father to get the blessing of the birthright. He tricked and deceived his brother in a time of weakness. He was deceptive with his father-in-law. Yet, the verse above says that Jacob “had power with God.”
What does it mean to have “power with God?” It means that Jacob was able to turn a deceptive life into a blessed life through God’s strength. It means he was able to turn a broken relationship into a blessed relationship with God’s help. It means that he was able to get God’s blessings on his life to do things for God that he could not do himself.
Having power with God should be the desire of every believer. Having power with God will help the Sunday school teacher to make an impact on those they teach. Having power with God will help the bus captain to reach the heart of the rider to help them to serve God with their lives. Having power with God will help the pastor to meet the needs of the people so they can be fed weekly through the sermons, and to challenge them to reach new heights. Having power with God will help the believer to get their prayers answered. Several observations can be taken from Jacob’s life about having power with God.
First, your past doesn’t determine your power with God. Too many people allow their past to stop them from praying, but Jacob determined he would get God’s power and didn’t stop praying until it was given. He took the strength he had and prayed until God came through with His power. God’s power comes to the believer who expends their strength in prayer. You will have power with God as long as you allow your spirituality to be the excuse not to pray.
Second, you will never have power with God until you are broken by your lack of strength. You will notice it says in verse 4, “…he wept…” That night of wrestling with the angel brought him to the point of brokenness. You can’t expect to have power with God until you have come to the point where you realize your inability and need for God’s omnipotence. Those who tend to see their prayers answered the most are not always those who are the greatest Christians. Those who tend to get their prayers answered are those who have come to their end and cried out for God’s help. God is always willing to hear and help the believer who cries for help because they realized their helpless situation.
Third, you will never have power with God without supplication. Supplication is best defined in James 5:16 when it says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” You see Jacob’s supplication when he said in Genesis 32:26, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” Jacob got to the point in his life that he was not going to leave God’s presence until God blessed him with the answer to which he was seeking. My friend, having power with God is simply staying at God’s throne until you get from God what you are seeking. How earnest are you about your prayers? You will never have power with God until you are determined enough to stay in prayer and say, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”