Have you been working night and day by your own power, without any positive result? Have you been depending on your university degree thinking that it is what will give you all you need? Hear this; you must win first in the spirit to end life struggles and efforts.
Before your victory shows on the outside, you need to win first in the spirit. So you must prevail first with God, before you prevail with men. This readily brings to mind the picture of Jacob, when he wanted to return to his homeland with all that God had blessed him with. But then, he remembered there was a problem. He had cheated his brother several years before, which resulted in his seeking asylum in another land. And his brother, Esau, who had become a very strong man, vowed to take revenge against him. So, Jacob had every reason to be afraid. When Esau heard that Jacob was coming home, he got his army ready to attack Jacob. Jacob knew he was in trouble and could lose everything, including his life, if he did nothing about the situation. So, he decided to “settle” the matter with God. He knew he have to prevail with God first, to prevail with his brother Esau. The Bible tells us that the angel of the Lord appeared to Jacob, and Jacob wrestled with the angel all night long. Now, the most significant thing about this experience that Jacob had with the Lord is the lesson on prayer.
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Bible says in Genesis 32:26 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. The angel said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. But Jacob declared, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Prevailing with God doesn’t mean forcing Him to do something; no. It means that; you must win first in the spirit, It is when you continue in heartfelt intercession until you gain the victory in your spirit; seeing and apprehending your victory in the spirit. When you win first in the spirit, nothing in this world will be able to stand against you.