Answering Prayers

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If God answers your prayer, get moving. If He doesn’t give you the sign you’ve asked for, perhaps He is saying no or “wait awhile.”

He said, “O Lord, . . . now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac.” (Genesis 24:12–14)

Abraham sent his servant on an important mission: to find a wife for his son. Once he reached the faraway land, the servant paused at a well to pray, asking God to show him a remarkable sign. Although not quite in the league with a burning bush, the servant’s request was, nonetheless, ambitious. He asked that the bride-to-be reveal herself by volunteering to water all of his camels. Perhaps that does not sound like much of a sign to you, but camels were the SUVs of the ancient world. They could go a long time without water, but when they finally did drink, they could gulp about twenty-five gallons at once. Ten camels, 250 gallons of water, that’s a lot of trips to the well. It would take a real miracle for a woman to volunteer for such a task!

But suddenly Rebekah walked up while he was still praying. When he asked for a drink, she agreed and added, “I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking” (v. 19). Then she filled the camels’ tanks. Yet look at what happened next. “Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the Lord had made his journey successful or not” (v. 21).

Doesn’t that sound like us? God answers a prayer so clearly, and still we stand back and wonder if it’s just a coincidence. If God answers your prayer, get moving. If He doesn’t give you the sign you’ve asked for, perhaps He is saying no or “wait awhile.”

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