The Wrestle Which I Had Before God – Enos 1:2

2 And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins.

The Bible Dictionary tells us that “prayer is a form of work.” Enos chose words like “wrestle” and “strugglings” to convey to us that his prayer was not a passive experience. Notice that he didn’t wrestle “with” God, but “before” God. The Bible Dictionary explains that “the object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them.”
Enos’ prayer followed this pattern. He paid the price of laboring in prayer and received the blessing of a remission of his sins.
An important phrase in the Lord’s Prayer is “Thy will be done.” It is a soul-stretching experience to seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost to know what you should pray for, and then to bend your will to match what you feel is right.
Today, I will put forth effort in my prayers. I will wrestle before God and will do the hard work of aligning my will with His, believing that I can access the blessings He wants to give me.

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