Jacob’s Ladder - Who Needs It?
The essence of prayer walks is meeting God in unlikely places.
While reading Mark Batterson’s book “Draw the Circle: A 40 Day Prayer Challenge,” I was struck with a verse he quoted from the book of Genesis. In it, Jacob proclaims:
“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
As I thought about the significance of prayer walks that my church is embarking on, and the call to take our faith and prayers into the ordinary places of life, this phrase hit me like a ton of bricks.
I had to explore more, so I found the passage in Genesis 28:10-22, read it, and opened up my commentaries to learn more.
Jacob was on a journey, and slept along a solitary road for the night. While sleeping, he dreams.
This dream is the somewhat famous story Jacob’s ladder—the story angels go up and down. Well, that’s how the afro-spiritual describes it anyways. More than angels, they were really messenger-priests, and more than a ladder, it was likely steep steps or a ramp—something similar to other ancient near east temples. Like this one from an Ur civilization: