Happy Monday everyone! I was just spending time in the Bible and I have been reading in Genesis. Today I read the story of how the servant of Abraham went and sought after a wife for Isaac. Abraham gave him clear instructions to find a wife that would be the best for his son. Once the servant arrived at the well, he was on the lookout for the potential bride. I loved reading his honest prayer.
Genesis 24:14-15 says, Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master. And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.
Isn’t this amazing!?! This servant had incredible faith in God! He truly asked and had open eyes to watch the Lord at work. My favorite part about this story is that the servant was very specific in his request to God. Many times I question whether or not it is acceptable to ask the Lord very specific things because it seems selfish. This is not true, although we should check our motives. Jesus desires to hear from us and He delights in responding. Today, I am encouraged to pray for exact requests and wait expectantly. The answer will not always be yes, but it is better to ask the Lord and grow in the waiting, than to ignore the thoughts altogether. Who knows, God might answer your prayer or my prayer like he did in Genesis 24… before we even finish voicing our requests! My challenge to myself and to you is to stop worrying about how we pray or what we say, and start getting real with the Father by knocking on the doors that we secretly wanted to knock on all along. God is in control! Who knows, He might even provide us with some amazing specific responses.