THE POWER OF PRAYER

Scripture Reading: Genesis 24:10-27

“Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, son of Milcah, who is the wife of Abraham’s brother Nabor.” (Genesis 24:15)

In the last post, we saw God’s providential hand leading Abraham’s servant as he sought a wife for Isaac. It is obvious from the biblical account that this servant knew God in a deep way. He was a man of faith. We can learn a great deal about prayer from this servant. Apart from Abraham’s intercession for Sodom, this is the first recorded prayer in the Bible.

We must remember that God delights in the prayers of His people — “The prayer of the upright is His delight” (Proverbs 15:8). God wants us to pray. The servant of Abraham approached God’s throne of grace with absolute confidence that God would guide him to the right woman to be Isaac’s wife (vs. 12-14).

We are to approach God with the attitude of a needy servant. We must realize how dependent upon God we are — “As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us mercy” (Psalm 123:2).

We are to pray with a sense of urgency. We are to be passionate and persistent in our prayers. As we read the prayer of the servant in verse 12, we can hear the sense of urgency. We also need to be specific in our prayers. Notice the specific petitions in the servant’s prayer We must realize the power in prayer — “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b). Before the servant finished praying, God answered his prayer! Consider the following quotes on prayer:

“Prayer is climbing up into the heart of God.” (Martin Luther)

“How vast are the possibilities of prayer! How wide is its reach! What great things are accomplished by this divinely appointed means of grace!” (E.M. Bounds)

Lord God, thank You for the great privilege of prayer. It is amazing to think that you desire for me to come to You in prayer. You actually delight in my prayers. Thank You for listening to me when I pray and for the assurance that You hear and will answer my prayers.

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  1. Fred Reid says:

    Thank you Sheldon. Great devotional. It’s Monday morning in Japan. Perfect for me to read today and apply in my life. Not sure if you remember me but I am thankful for your ministry to us those many years ago.

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