Pray with Confidence
Like most women, I like a good love story—the heart-melting, “meant to be” kind of stories. Even as a teenager, I relished the thought that someday I would meet “the one” and it would be something akin to love at first sight…and so on and so forth. So at the age of sixteen, when a friend told me that there were love stories in the Bible, suddenly my interest in the Word became real. I wish I could tell you that I had a more righteous motivation for really getting into reading my Bible, but there it is.
My friend mentioned the story of Isaac and Rebekah and when I read the story, it was everything I hoped it would be. No, there are no detailed descriptions of what Isaac and Rebekah’s thoughts and feelings were, but there was just enough that my imagination did not need it. I could read between the lines. Their story really was one of those genuine love at first sight kind of stories.
But as I have gotten older, I appreciate their story for so many more reasons. I recently read the account again and it struck me just how much God was in the middle of their situation. Abraham, Isaac’s father, decided that it was time for Isaac to have a wife. He wanted to honor God by not taking a pagan wife for his son, so he sent his servant back to the land from which Abraham came and told the servant to get a wife for his son from his own kin. The servant was concerned and had questions, but Abraham’s unwavering confidence in God was remarkable: “…he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.” Genesis 24:7b
The servant journeyed to the land, and when he arrived, his concern remained. I assume that he loved his master, Abraham, and wanted to get this right because he prayed: “…‘LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.’” Genesis 24:12 He went on to ask God to answer his prayer in a very specific way and—here’s the clincher—in verse 15, it says that even before the servant finished praying, Rebekah came to the well, and the entire scenario played out EXACTLY as the servant had requested of the Lord. Wow!
The servant’s response to God answering his prayer? “Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD, saying, ‘Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master.’” Genesis 24:26,27a His response was one of humility, gratefulness, and worship.
Today, let’s consider Abraham and his servant—Abraham’s resolute faith and deep desire to honor God; the servant’s willingness to seek God desperately, boldly and incredibly specifically in prayer, and then his spot-on and accurate humble response to answered prayer. Let it be the same for us. Let us be bold and clear in our prayers, asking with steadfast faith, and honoring God with our humble praise when He answers.
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