Yaakov's got no time to waste.
His brother is after him -- big time.
What does he do? First, he divides the camp. Then he prays. Finally, he sends part of his flock as gifts to Esav (Bereshit, 32:8-19)
Each of these steps has great significance in Yaakov's relationship with G-d.
First, dividing the camp is his way of accepting the situation that G-d has sent him. (Just praying for salvation leaves out this important step.)
Next, praying connects Yaakov to G-d, allowing Him to give and Yaakov to receive.
Last, he thanks G-d for His protection. Giving up some of his possessions is a way of showing gratitude for the help that G-d will give him.
Try these steps the next time you find yourself in a tough situation.1) Acceptance. 2) Prayer. 3) Thankfulness. Let us know how it goes by commenting on this blog.