Genesis 24:12 NKJV - "Then he said, 'O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.'"
This is just a part of Abraham's servant's prayer as he asked God to help him fulfill a very important mission: find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac! He made a vow that he would do what he was asked to do. And he faced a huge task. How would he succeed? Two things are very clear: He was obedient and he prayed! I've appreciated his prayer and would like to share some thoughts which I hope you will take to heart:
1 - He knew to Whom he should pray. He was well aware of God, who He was, and how He responded to Abraham's prayers over the years. How did he know God? We can assume Abraham witnessed to him. And by the way he prayed we can believe that he really knew the Lord personally as Abraham did.
2 - He knew prayer was important. It was clear that Abraham was a praying man and often sought God for help. The servant didn't hesitate to pray
3 - He knew how to pray. He obviously heard Abraham praying and he learned the importance of being specific in his prayers and expecting God to answer. Abraham didn't just introduce this servant to God, he also introduced him to the importance of prayer.
4 - He was very specific in his prayer and he expected God to be as specific in His answer. He asked God to have the girl he approached with a request for water to not only offer him water but to offer to water his very thirsty camels! He wasn't testing God as much as he was trusting God with this kind of request!
5 - He didn't have to wait long for Rebekah to come along, note verse 15! But he did wait to see if this prayer was going to be as fully answered as it was fully prayed.
Now, how does this relate to you?
Do you know the Lord? If so, do you know the importance of prayer? Have you ever listened to other's pray? Have you ever asked someone to help you learn how to pray and pray effectively? If you know the importance of prayer do you pray? And, if you know how to pray do you have someone in your life you are teaching how to pray?
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.