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1 Wrestling With God S T M ARY C OMPUTER C ENTER, E AST B RUNSWICK, NJ, Sunday School Computer Program© 2011

2 Memory Verse “And I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you” -(Luke 11:9)

3 How Should We Pray?  We must pray using the same secret method that we use when we ask our parents for something, or when Jacob wrestled God.  What’s the secret method? persistence

4 Jacob Wrestles with God  When Jacob realized that his brother Esau was coming to meet him with an army, Jacob greatly feared.  He then wrestled (that is, prayed) with God all night, hoping to receive his blessings.

5 The Reward for Jacob’s Persistence  Through his persistence, Jacob received the Lord’s blessings and was renamed “Israel,” since he struggled and prevailed against both God and men.  Jacob met Esau with humility and Esau accepted the offerings that Jacob brought.

6 The Parable of the Persistent Widow  The Lord told the people “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”  He then told the told the story of the persistent widow.  The widow requested from the unjust judge justice on her enemies.  The judge did not care at all about her or the justice she deserves.

7  Yet, the judge decided to give the widow what she wanted out of the concern of his own well being.  The Lord pointed out that if even those who are unjust respond to persistence, don’t you think God will as well?  Persistence is the key to gaining what you want.  However, not everything that we pray for will be granted if it is not good for us, nor should we always pray for mundane things. The Parable of the Persistent Widow

8 Conclusion

9 Pray with Persistence  The Lord is willing to give us anything that we want, as long as He sees it as good for us and as long as we pray for it.  To pray for something once is not enough; it would show God that we don’t really care all that much for what we’re praying.  Consistently and persistently pray to God to give you what you desire.  What should we do once we have what we wanted?

10 Persistence Leads to Blessings  In both Jacob's story and in the parable of the persistent widow, the actions and results were the same:  When they were persistent and prayed to God, they were blessed, and therefore they received what they desired.

11 Persistence Leads to Blessings  A lot of the things that we do may or may not be blessed.  If it is blessed, then what we do will lead to the outcome that we want.  Ex: You study for a test. If you are blessed, then what you studied will be on the exam, and you will do well.  If it is not blessed, then what we do will not lead to the outcome that we want.  Ex: You study for a test. If you are not blessed, then what you studied will not be on the exam, and you will not do well.

12 What Should We Do?  Make a personal prayer today to God about something not worldly:  Pray to God to better love your enemies, to be grateful for what you have, to learn humility, etc.  Thank God for what you already have:  Parents, a loving church, good friends, caring servants, etc.  Thank God for what you don’t have:  Pain, bodily injuries or sicknesses, emptiness, too many worldly possessions

13 Memory Verse “And I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you” -(Luke 11:9)

14 Watch a Video of the Persistent Widow Online!!!

15 Puzzle!!! S T M ARY C OMPUTER C ENTER, E AST B RUNSWICK, NJ, Sunday School Computer Program© 2011


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