What a beautiful story of prayer in Genesis 24:1-54.
The prayer story begins with Abraham’s statement to his servant, “He (God) will send His angel before you, and you can take a wife for my son from there” (v.7). For Abraham to make that statement, I believe Abraham had to be praying for and about a wife for Isaac.
Skip to v.12 The slave prays to God. Where did he learn about this God of Abraham and where did he learn to pray? Abraham must have been quite the man of the household, spiritual leader. Remember that all the males of the household, including slaves had to be circumcised. This slave was under the covenant and Abraham was responsible for those in his household under the covenant. Abraham taught his servant to pray. The slave begins his prayer by acknowledging God and then prays specifically for his need — according to God’s will. With Abraham sending his slave and believing he had been praying about this I believe the slave is praying according to God’s will.
Was it God’s will for Isaac to have a wife from Abraham’s family? You bet. Just look at how God answered that prayer. Is it coincidence that Rebekah was from the family of Abraham or that she shows up right when she does? God is amazing and shows Himself when we pray. God answered that prayer just as the slave prayed it. That is confidence in prayer. This is where prayer warriors are born. But you need to pray before you see results.
What was the response of the slave to his answered prayer? V.26-27 The man bowed down and worshipped the Lord! What a beautiful response to answered prayer. Today prayer is so often reading off a list and when prayer is answered we don’t even take the time to thank our Lord. It never ceases to amaze me how many prayer requests people share but when asked for praises it becomes silent. Is God not answering prayer?
After that what did the man do? He shared. He testified of God and His provision by telling about how God worked in this situation from the initial prayer to the answer from God! . . . .
What I learned from this passage:
1) Learn how to pray. 2) Pray specifically. 3) Pray according to God’s will. 4) Praise God and thank Him for answered prayer. 5) Tell others what He has done — this exalts Him and it gets people excited about prayer.
Hoping your prayer life is a blessing both to you and our Lord God.
Matthew 7:13-14. 13 “Enter through the narrow gate.For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction,and there are many who go through it.14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.
The Christian life is not an easy life. The road that leads to the narrow gate is difficult. That is probably why few find it.
Matthew 7:15-20. 15 “Beware of false prophetswho come to you in sheep’sclothingbut inwardly are ravaging wolves.16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit.Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles?17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit.18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.
Look for the fruit. As a Christian our lives should be bearing fruit that people can see and in it we bring glory to our King. If we are not bearing are we truly disciples of Christ? Or are we walking the wide road pretending? And in fruit bearing — look for those that are bearing fruit and glean from their crop so that you may grow.
Matthew 7:21-23. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only the one who does the willof My Father in heaven.22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demonsin Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you!Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!
This is my heart verse. The verse that tugs at my heart. Many walking that wide road are going through the motions of Christianity and expecting to hear something different from our Lord and their reply? Verse 22. Then the judgement: depart from Me. (Eternal Hell). Breaks my heart. Are you going through the motions? Earning your brownie points? What or should I say, Who are you living for? Who are you doing for? Yourself or for the GLORY of GOD? Wide road or narrow road? Bearing fruit for God and His kingdom or for your own glory? What will you hear on judgement day?
Out of the depths I call to You, Yahweh! 2 Lord, listen to my voice; let Your ears be attentive to my cry for help.
3 Yahweh, if You considered sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with You there is forgiveness, so that You may be revered.
The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.
1 Peter 1:3-4
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable,uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
What a blessing, encouragement and hope for the day.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor […]
Coming before the Lord with a heart so heavily burdened?
Believing you have been called for “such a time as this”? (Esther 4:14)
Questioning the calling because things aren’t going according to your plan?
But because you made the right choice to go before the Lord, you find encouragement and affirmation?
The battle belongs to the Lord and His will be done. During my quiet time this morning, the thought came to mind that I need to put on the armor of God. My additional “going deeper” passages for the day included Ephesians 6:11:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
His Word still speaks today to burdened hearts. Seek Him. I now face this day without the burden, encouraged, and knowing without a doubt I am right where God has placed me for such a time as this.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.