WITNESSLINE DEVOTIONAL: DAY FIVE

WITNESSLINE DEVOTIONAL: DAY FIVE

DAY 5 (Jacob)

Gen.32:24-28

 “So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.  When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.  Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.  Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” 

MEDITATION

Jacob’s life is a story of a transformed man, who, from a deceiver became a believer. He moved from sin to grace. Looking at his early life, it is very easy to hate him for being an opportunist, conspirator, manipulative, and liar. Jacob and Esau are twin brothers. Through deceit and trickery, Jacob acquired not only the birthright of Esau but also his blessing. Though Jacob was destined by God to be greater than his brother Esau; rather than waiting for the fulfillment of this divine plan Jacob used deceptive means to actualize his plan. The conversion came from the moment when he had his encounter – his wrestling encounter with God (Genesis 32:24-29)

PRAYERS

  1. Hail Mary 21 times and Thank you Jesus 21 times.
  2. Bible Study: 32:1-32/ Gen.35:1-15
  3. Lessons:
  • Never ever commit the mistake of believing that you will be able to cheat the law of cause and effect. Jacob struggled over many things he had to even labour for 14 years to get a wife of his choice. Galatians 6:7 tells us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” This is applicable to everyone and Jacob had his own. Christians are also subject to the law of cause and effect. Every action you take be it good or bad, will eventually yield an effect.
  • Do not be thrown off balance if God allows a portion of your journey to come down the hard way. We learn from Jacob’s life that sometimes God wants things to transpire the hard way. We must persevere until the very end Jacob is the man popularly known as the man who wrestled with God. The Bible said that a “Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day” (Genesis 32:24).
  • Encounter is a necessary key for genuine conversion and a track record for onward spiritual growth. Jacob’s encounter brought change in his name and destiny. What encounter have we today?
  • Jacob prayed and he equally asked for blessing “I will not let you go unless you bless me”. Whenever you come to the Lord as him to bless you and bring your life and destiny to fuller manifestation.
  1. Silence (5 to 10 minutes) (write down your own lessons; learn to hear from God and write down whatever God says to you)
  2. Intercessory Prayers : Prayer for Fulfilling God’s purpose

 

PRAYER FOR FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE

Dear Gracious God, you made me to understand from Jer.1:5 that even before I was conceived in my Mother’s womb, you knew me and planned before hand what I will be in life. You also reminded us in Eph 2:10 that we are your handwork, created in Christ Jesus to fulfill the purpose for which you brought us into the world. Help me now, Oh Lord to discover and fulfill your purpose for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. The Litany to the Precious Blood of Jesus 

LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us
God, the Father of heaven

have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world *
God, the Holy Spirit *
Holy Trinity, One God *

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, the Blood of Salvation
*Cover us and the whole world.*

The ocean of the Blood of Jesus Christ

Set us free( *R* your response)

The Blood of Jesus Christ,
Full of holiness and compassion *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
Our strength and power
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Everlasting Covenant *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The foundation of the Christian faith *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The armor of God *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Divine Charity *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The scourge of demons *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, The help of those in bondage *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The sacred wine *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The power of Christians *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The defender of the Catholic wall *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Christian’s true faith *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The healing blood
Save us (Response)

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The anointing blood
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The boldness of the children of God
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The commander of Christian warriors
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The blood of resurrection
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The drink of heavenly angels
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The consolation of God the Father

*R* Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The power of the Holy Spirit
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The circumcision of the Gentiles
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The peace of the world
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The sunshine of heaven and earth
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The rainbow in heaven
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The hope of innocent children
*R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Word of God in our hearts *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The heavenly weapon *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The Divine Wisdom *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The foundation of the world *R*

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ,
The mercy of God the Father *R*

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
Cleanse the sins of the world
O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

*R*: Refine the world

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
*R* Teach us how to console Jesus

Let us Pray

O Precious Blood of our salvation, we believe, hope and trust in You. Deliver all those that are in the hands of the infernal spirits we beseech You. Protect the dying against the works of evil spirits and welcome them into Your eternal glory. Have mercy on the whole world and strengthen us to worship and console the Sacred Heart. We adore you, O Precious Blood of mercy. Amen.

O most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

*R* Heal the wounds in the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. (repeat 3 times)

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.