Are you in need of some success? If so, look at the prayer of Eliezer as to how to start.
Abraham was now in his old age. He was 140 years old and wanted Isaac his son, to marry and give him a grandson. Isaac was already forty years old and a confirmed bachelor. So Abraham got involved. He called Eliezer, his chief servant, and sent him on a mission. He would have to travel 450 miles by camel to the area where Abraham grew up. There he was to select a suitable bride for Isaac. She must come from among Abraham’s distant relatives. After finding her, he was to then convince her to return with him to marry Isaac, a man she had never met.
DO YOU THINK THIS WAS QUITE A DIFFICULT TASK?
Let’s look at how Eliezer handled the situation.
“Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Do you notice the core of his prayer? “Give me success today.”
This request is quite simple. It’s specific and definite in reference to time. He asked God to direct him to the right girl at the place where many people gathered — at the well. Such a simple, small request produced a stupendous answer.
We see it in Genesis 24:15-19:
“Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.” “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink. After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.”
This example is a reminder to us that we can come boldly before the Lord with a simple request and trust Him to answer. When we’re doing His work, He’ll take care of the details.
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