As a person seeking to live with integrity and with a good work ethic, one of my struggles has been financial concern. One of the most helpful and meaningful Biblical prayers is Jacob’s humble prayer recorded in Genesis 28:20-22.
“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, ‘If Elohim will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall YHVH be my Elohim: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be Elohim's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.’”
If I was to re-word the prayer for me in this day and age, it would go like this: If You, YHVH, will be with me… Your presence, Your guidance, Your comfort, Your protection… and You will keep me on the right path, and direct me, and You will provide food for me, and You will give me the necessary clothes and garments, so that I travel and get to my destinations in peace, THEN You, YHVH, will be my God. And of all that I have been given, a portion I will give back to You, YHVH.
And after a hard life, this is the end result for Jacob as recorded in Genesis 45:16-20 and Genesis 47:9-12.
“And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. 17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, ‘This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land. 19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is your's.’”
“And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, ‘The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.’
10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh. 11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.”
As I have been praying the prayer of Jacob, I am blessed beyond measure by the internal peace inside my heart and spirit. I am looking forward to all the provisions and “the best of the land” promised by YHVH as I continue to surrender.
So let it be.
(This article was originally published on 5/13/19).