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TEXT: Isaiah 41: 10 – 13. 'Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee shall
be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee'.
God assured Jacob in the text read that He will help him, just as God is assuring us in this program that help has come at last. Jacob was in a season at that time just as many of us are experiencing our season. But the Lord that changeth seasons and
time is here to change your season from a breakdown season to a breakthrough season, in the name of Jesus. Jacob was in a season
of helplessness, hopelessness and fear in Genesis 30, 31 and 32.
When he looked behind him, he saw his uncle Laban who had employed and oppressed him for 20 years and would not let him go. In front of him was Esau, his brother, with 400 soldiers. Esau had not forgiven him and had vowed to kill him for stealing his blessing 20 years earlier. He was a victim of ancient animosity and perpetual unforgiveness. Jacob had sent emissaries and gifts to his brother, Esau, to appease him for the wrong he had done but he was not moved. There are some people within our families that are too difficult to please. The more you try to please them, the more they became angry. That was what Jacob was experiencing in the hands of Laban and Esau. They will not let him go.
Enough is enough! You Laban of my father's house, you Esau of
my father's house, let me go.
Then Jacob cried to God in an all-night wrestling match. He prayed for help and God's intervention. His prayer was intentional, targeted and a shift in attitude. It recognized that if no one would help him, God will. He was alone with God in a vigil. Sometimes, it is important for us to go to the secret place and be alone with God over certain matters of our life to pray intentionally and take our destinies as a project, especially if you have noticed some unpleasant patterns in your life or in your family. It may be necessary for us to go to a secluded place. Jesus did it in Mark 1: 35. That is an aspect of intentional living that every Christian must cultivate. Jacob's prayer vigil is to say, “Enough Is Enough” for his troubles. Then the help of God showed up for him. There is a saying that Prayerful Preparations Prevents Poor Performance. The moment Jacob became intentional about seeking God for divine help, that help located him. I pray for intentional believers that God will visit them, in the name of Jesus. The help that has eluded you for years will locate you this year, in the name of Jesus. The intentional “Enough Is Enough” prayer of Jacob ensured that when God's help came, Esau and his 40 soldiers were no match for Jacob. They all bowed to Jacob.