Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015 “The Reward of Being Faithful”

Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham… Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder.” (Genesis 24: 12, 15)

Good Morning My Friends and Expectant Prayer Partners!

I do hope that my particular salutation this morning is one that rightly identifies your attitude towards prayer…expectancy. Here in the 24th chapter of Genesis, we are informed that Abraham, who by this time is quite old, directs his chief servant to go and find a wife for his son Isaac. He gives him specific instructions as to where to seek for a bride, ( it is to be a woman from his homeland), and sends along “all kinds of good things” from his master. What an assignment! What responsibility! I mean, what is a man to do given such a task? The chief servant is not chief for no reason. We discover that he is a wise man. He turns for direction to the One to whom he has observed his master turn to throughout his life…he turns to God in prayer. This servant knows how God has “blessed (Abraham) in every way” throughout his life. (Gen. 24:1) He wisely concludes that the Lord will also bless him in his task.  Now there are times that God does not immediately answer prayer, but encourages us to keep on praying. But there are also glorious moments that God brings an immediate response to our praying.  We are told that “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with a jar on her shoulder.” The servant had asked God for a specific sign regarding the woman who would become Isaac’s bride, and even before he finished praying… that sign… a girl carrying a water jug… was confirmed. God made it clear to the chief servant of Abraham that this woman, Rebekah, was the answer to his prayer! I believe this answered prayer was a reward. It rewarded Abraham’s faithfulness and God’s continued promised blessing upon him, that he would, indeed, become the father of a great nation. It rewarded the chief servant and his wisdom of emulating what he had seen his master do faithfully and successfully…pray. It rewarded Rebekah, whose offspring would become part of the messianic line, and it demonstrated God’s faithfulness and ability, for nothing is too great for God. Just like that, a prayer was answered. That is “the reward of being faithful!”Don’t give up so easily when you pray. After all, God may surprise you with an answer even before you’re finished praying! Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; Our prayers, we see, are not futile, wistful expressions, but powerful communication with You, the God of miracles. Teach us to trust. teach us to persevere. teach us expectancy as we pray…and surprise us, Lord, with those wonderful moments when our prayers are answered even before we finish praying. Thank you, gracious Lord, for your extraordinary love. Amen

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