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Pray for 1


Genesis 33:4
“But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept.”

This past week our LIFE Group dug into the story of Jacob and Esau. There is no doubt that this devotion doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what is to be learned through that story, but for now I want to focus on a small sliver that was absorbed this past week.  As we began to unpack the story I was pierced by this particular passage.


“But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept.”


Is there someone in your life that you have fallen out of relationship with where all hope of relationship is lost? I’m sure I could rephrase the question to be more assuming that all of us have someone in our lives where we (having lost all hope) desire a restored relationship; I do. You could be Esau in the story where you will need to extend forgiveness or you might be Jacob in need of grace and mercy. During LIFE Group I drifted off into the memories of my past, lamenting over a broken relationship with a friend of which I was the offender and starving for the impossible to become possible, starving for reconciliation.


No doubt there are several opinions and insights as to what was going through Jacob’s mind when he received the news that his brother Esau was headed his way. We know that he was afraid and distressed, we also know that thoughts of a fight, and death were on his mind as well. Whatever Jacob was thinking and feeling we see a path of healing that gives hope to us all. There are a couple of things we can glean from this story that can encourage and help us through broken relationships.


  1. God loves us and provides (in His timing) opportunities for relationships to heal. Jacob didn’t seek out Esau, Esau and Jacob were on a course that intersected with each other.
  2. Are we looking for opportunities in relationships when God places those from our past in front of us?
  3. Jacob prayed and asked God for help. Jacob could have chosen to run, fight, confront or work for peace and he chose peace. Jacob through prayer found peace from God and experienced His sovereign grace and timing.
  4. Jacob placed peace above all else, he sent gifts ahead of his family. These gifts of peace offered more than lip service, the gifts showed a willingness to sacrifice for the sake of peace and relationship.
  5. Jacob humbled himself before his brother and the reunion is beautiful.



In LIFE Group we concluded in silent prayer “PRAYING FOR 1”. We prayed for the Lord to reveal to us ONE person in our lives that we desired a restored relationship with and for the Lord to open the door of healing. Today you have an opportunity to “Pray for 1” ….will you open your heart and trust in the Lord to bring healing?



Jim Booth

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