KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Saturday, January 20, 208
Chapters: Genesis 25-26
Message: With Prayer And Supplication
Hello My Friend,
I will never forget the first time I discovered that God answers prayer, and not just answer it, but give specific details as well. Now, not everything I ask for is granted, and not everything given is by specific details, but the important thing to remember is that God hears every sincere prayer. Prayer; To ask God with earnestness or zeal, as for a favor, or for something desirable; to entreat; to supplicate. Prayer is direct, one on one communication with God, there is nothing more powerful or invaluable to the Christian than prayer. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7.
When reading through the Bible it is interesting to see the descendants that came from Abraham, especially since they all play a part in Hebrew history, many of them becoming enemies. After Sarah died, Abraham remarried and had several children, their lineage is listed, but Abraham made sure to separate them from Isaac, as he was the promised seed that would make up the Hebrew nation, in which Jesus would descend. Isaac, was forty years old he when he and Rebekah were married, he was well aware that he was the promised seed that would start the generations of God’s people, but they were still without children so he pleads with God.
“And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac: And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.” – Genesis 25:19-26.
“and the LORD was intreated of him,” Entreat; To make an earnest petition or request. We ask God for many things over the years, but it is the things that we sincerely seek that He pays attention to. When we sincerely seek a request from God we will do whatever it honestly takes to get it, meaning lots of fasting, prayer, serving God, all in hopes of Him granting it. And while some things are never meant to be because they are not in His will for us, the majority of the time He does grant our requests, just in His time and way. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” – Matthew 21:21-22.
“believing, ye shall receive.” There will be many who question this, they even tempt God by asking Him for something impossible in an attempt to see if He will grant it. Let me tell you right now, while God does want us to prove Him by prayer and supplication, He will not allow us to tempt Him, and you can forget about getting anything from Him that way. Esau and Jacob, even in the womb they were fighting, God even foretold it to Rebekah that they would fight and that Jacob would be ruler over Esau. We get insight to the events that take place in which Jacob would become a ruler over Esau, as well as the promised seed of Abraham.
“And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.” – Genesis 25:28-34.
“but Rebekah loved Jacob.” Right here is the key, each of the parents favored one child over the other, and since Rebekah already knew that Jacob would rule over his brother she did everything possible to make sure that happened, Jacob being the sly fox that he was got his influence from his mother. But think about this, how quick was Esau to give up his birthright for something so little? This act of carelessness not only proved to God that he had no intention of following Him, it also would bring that division between the two, so much that God would eventually destroy Edom all together. “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them; Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.” – Ezekiel 25:12-13.
Supplication; Entreaty; humble and earnest prayer in worship. To get God’s attention along with prayer comes supplication, in other words, worshiping Him. Simply put, worshiping God is the act of paying divine honors to Him, and if we honor Him along with prayer we will see some results. We cannot not honor or pray to God and expect things to happen, of course, He has great mercy upon us and His grace is nothing to take for granted either, but without prayer and supplication God will not do very much for us. God sent a famine in the land, one in which Isaac found himself making the same mistakes as his father did. It was during this trial that God spoke to him and reminded him that He made a promise to his father that He will fulfill through him.
“And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.” – Genesis 26:1-5,24-25.
“and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.” We must realize that God does not keep His promises to us based on our works, He does them because He never goes back on His promises. No matter how good we try to be, we are mess, we do not always have a perfect heart for God, and this is why prayer and supplication are so invaluable. The key to God hearing every sincere prayer is our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, for the sake of the promise He made to all who believe in His Son He grants our requests, starting with our salvation. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:13-14.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.” – Genesis 26:24.
Today’s Prayer: God, It is no doubt that prayer is invaluable to those who believe, by faith, we acknowledge Your Son as our Saviour and are instantly granted not only salvation, but one on one communication with You. By faith, we know that nothing is impossible with You, but sometimes our faith gets hindered when we have to wait or cannot seem to move forward. That is where supplication comes in, to worship You no matter what. Lord, help us to always see past our circumstances and trust Your hand in all that we are going through, open our hearts to speak to You sincerely, and let us never doubt or tempt You for You truly do hear every earnest prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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