Answering Prayers

May 06, 2009

“He said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show loving kindness to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also,’ may she be the one whom You have appointed for your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown loving kindness to my master Abraham.'” – Genesis 24:12

Abraham sent his servant on an important mission: to find a wife for his son. Once he reached the faraway land, the servant paused at a well to pray, asking God to show him a remarkable sign. While not quite in the league with a burning bush, the servant”s request was, nonetheless, pretty ambitious. He asked that the bride-to-be reveal herself by volunteering to water all of the camels he had brought along. Perhaps that does not sound like much of a sign to you, but realize this. Camels were the SUV’s of the ancient world. While they could go a long time without water when they finally did drink they gulped about 25 gallons at once. Ten camels, 250 gallons of water, that’s a lot of trips to the well. It would take a real miracle for a woman to volunteer for such a task!

But, guess what? Rebekah walks up while he is still praying. When he asks for a drink of water, she agrees and adds, “I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking.” And then she made countless trips to the well until the camels had filled their tanks. But that’s not the amazing part of this story. Look at what happens next. “Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the Lord had made his journey successful or not.”

Now, doesn’t that sound like us? God answers prayer so clearly and so quickly, and still, we stand back and wonder if it’s just a coincidence or if God actually answered our prayer. Here are some points to ponder:

If God answers your prayer, then He has answered your prayer! Get moving.

And if He doesn’t give you the sign you’ve asked for, perhaps He is saying, “No”or “Wait a while.”