“And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.”
An incredible story of faith and prayer is found in the verse above. Abraham sent his servant back to the country and people from whence he came to find a wife for his son Isaac. It seemed to be an impossible request because Abraham had been gone for such a long time. Not only had Abraham been gone for a long time, but he also wanted the young lady whom Isaac would marry to come to where he lived. In other words, they were asking this lady to leave her family and never see them again just so that she could marry a young man whom she had never met.
The key to this story is found in the servant’s prayer. The servant prayed in verse 12, “…O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.” He knew that only God could help this kind of request. However, the amazing thing about this prayer is that God answered it before he was done praying. The verse above says, “And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth…” The prayer of this servant was not answered because of his spiritual position, nor was it answered because of his ability to help God; rather, it was answered because of God’s ability to answer prayer.
My friend, do you find yourself trying to help God answer your prayers? I believe many believers pray as they should, but they don’t have the faith to trust that God can answer their prayer. You must always remember that God doesn’t need your help to answer prayer, but He needs your faith and trust. You must stop trying to help God and start trusting Him by faith. A couple of lessons can be learned from this story that will help you in your prayer life.
First, God can’t answer the prayer that has never been prayed. James 4:2 reminds us, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” You need not carry the burdens alone that you carry. God is very capable of helping you with your problems in life, but He can’t help you if you don’t ask for it. The greatest reason needs don’t get met is because they are never committed to the LORD in prayer. If you have a need, no matter how impossible it may be, God can answer it if you will ask for His help.
Second, God doesn’t need your help. I think many times God waits until we have exhausted our resources to the point that we must trust Him for the prayer to be answered. There is no doubt in my mind that every believer at some point has tried to help God answer their prayers; however, how many of those prayers have been answered? I believe if you are honest with yourself, you will realize that none of those prayers have been answered. God is not going to answer your prayers as long as you are interfering with His ability to show His power. God answers the prayer of the believer who leaves it totally in His hands so that He receives all the glory when it is answered.
Are you guilty of trying to help God to answer your prayers? Learn from Abraham’s servant the importance of total faith and trust in God that He is very capable of answering your prayers without your help. Let me encourage you to cast your prayer upon the LORD and leave it with Him to answer it.