- What is good, and what is defective in Jacob’s prayer in verses 9-12?
Was he relying most on God, or on his own resourcefulness?
If the former, ought he to have been so greatly afraid (verse 7)?
Cf. Mark 4:40; 5:36.
- What is suggested by the picture of wrestling with God? How far does God bless us only when we echo Jacob’s prayer in verse 26? What are the costs and the rewards of such a prayer? Did Jacob prevail by his own strength, or by faith? Cf. Hos. 12:3, 42.