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deliver me, I pray Thee

Genesis 32

When we are afraid and distressed, we should pray to the Lord like Jacob did here. First of all, Jacob was doing what the Lord had said, and he remembered the Lord's promise:
v9
And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
Secondly, Jacob humbly remembered the great things that the Lord had done for him, and mentioned them in praise to the Lord:
v10
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
Finally, Jacob direct and to the point with asking the Lord for what he wanted, and he was open and honest with the Lord about how he felt.

v11

Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, [and] the mother with the children.
When we are greatly afraid and distressed (v7), this is how we should lay our burdens before the Lord in prayer.
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