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.” (Genesis 24:14 NIV)
God answers specific prayers specifically.
Abraham's most senior servant is on the mission of his life. He's looking for a wife for Abraham's son Isaac. His only son by Sarah. The promised son.
Abraham gave his servant very specific instructions. And his servant clearly wanted to please his master. But he also wanted to succeed. Abraham was asking a lot.
As the servant approaches a well in the area that he thinks he'll find Isaac's wife, he prays. Apparently he trusts Abraham's God to not just guide him but to actually pick out Isaac's wife. (Abraham does promise an angel will guide him (v. 7)). But he doesn't just pray--he prays a very specific prayer.
"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."
The servant is trusting in the God to bring success to his mission. It appears that he genuinely believes that God can and will answer his prayer. God surely does!
God answers specific prayers specifically. The servant asked God for help in finding Isaac's wife. So he asked God a very specific prayer request. And God answered it specifically.
Not only did he answer the prayer, he answered it immediately. "Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out..." (v. 15) God was ready--even eager--to answer this prayer.
What about us?
God wants to bless people through his people. God's desire to bless the nations through Isaac was seen in his answering of the servant's prayer.
God wants to bless people through us. He will answer our specific prayers specifically--one way or the other. Especially when they are in accordance with his will to bless people through his people.
When we engage his holy search and rescue mission to lead people far from God to know him, he will answer our prayers. Therefore, let's walk with God and not be afraid to ask for his help--his very specific help--in prayer.