Been thinking about Jacob and that whole wrestling with God scenario. I have preached on it a few times recently.
What I am impressed about was his ability to hang on, I am not feeling desperate or down at the moment, but those times do come.
What I think helps is an attitude of "hanging on" it’s something we don't do once it is an attitude of mind that we need to carry throughout our whole Christian life.
Here’s the deal; despite your present reality, which we mustn’t ignore or pretend doesn’t exist. The thing to do is not let go.
But I’m tired. Don’t let go.
I’ve been praying for years. Don’t let go.
This isn’t easy. Don’t let go.
I’m hurt. Don’t let go.
I’m a mess. Don’t let go.
I feel down. Don’t let go.
I’m weak. Don’t let go.
Thats what impressed me about Jacob, he didn't let go.
Revelation 3: 11
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. to Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.