A Servant’s Prayer
“Then he said, ‘O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.’”
Genesis 24:12 (NKJV)
We know that Abraham was a man of faith (Hebrews 11:17), we know that he was even thought of as a mighty prince (Genesis 23:6), but have we ever stopped to think of the impact he had on the people who came into daily contact with him? When God was considering obliterating Sodom and Gomorrah, God said that He knew that Abraham would command his household. In Genesis 18:19 (KJV), God says, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment.”
Abraham knew he could entrust the importance of choosing a wife for his son to his eldest servant. And this long-serving servant did not disappoint. When he got to his destination what was the first thing he did? Pray to the God of his master. It must mean that Abraham was a fair master for the servant to even think of asking Abraham’s God for anything; also he must have seen Abraham’s prayers answered many times for him to copy those actions.
But let’s look at what that prayer which started above and continues in verses 13 and 14 to say, “Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 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.”
Have you noticed the detail in his prayer? Not just let the first girl I see be the one! It suggests to me that he was accustomed to hearing prayers with that level of detail. Not only that, but he was also used to praying himself. And he was not ashamed of sharing that he had not only prayed but that he had also had his prayer answered (Genesis 24:42-45) and so quickly (verse 45). Ask and it shall be given to you says Matthew 7:7; pressed down, shaken, overflowing says Luke 6:38. This servant obviously asked for the right thing and not amiss (James 4:3).
Abraham’s servant has gone down in the only history book which matters: what influence do we have on those with whom we interact? In what book will we be written of?
Loving Eternal Father, thank you for giving us such examples from kings, prophets and Your son, all of whom can be a tad intimidating; but You know all things and also gave us ordinary people like Abraham’s servant so that we wouldn’t lose heart and realise that we, too, can influence others. In Jesus’ name we thank you and pray.
Study by Jackee Brown
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