When one lists the great tools for life success, the greatest tool is often left off the list. The gift of prayer is overlooked, even though it is our greatest tool of all. Oswald Chambers, renowned Bible scholar and devotion said it best, “Prayer is not the preparation for the greater work, it is the greater work.”
Abraham’s servant traveled across the desert to the land of Abraham’s father. He stopped in the area he had lived well over a quarter century before–then he prayed. The result was truly amazing–God brought the object of his prayer, right to him. It was no coincidence, it was God doing what God does–hearing and answering our prayers. I John 5:14-15–“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him”
In our lives, we often act as if we do not want to impose upon God. Or, we pray like spoiled and entitled children–simply looking out for our selfish interests and not truly seeking God’s plan for our lives. Abraham, his servant and God’s people throughout history have relied on prayer and faith to lead them in the journey and mission for which they were called. When they have, God has done amazing and wonderful things for, in and through them.
We can never underestimate, nor set aside our ability to reach out to the very God–that reached across eternity to restore his relationship with us. Prayer is the greater work and the key to a successful and amazing journey.
God Bless You
Then he prayed, “Lord
, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 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.”15 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. 16 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.
17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”
18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.