“Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.” (Genesis 24:15, 18–21, ESV)
The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not. God answers our prayers of faith. Yet, have you noticed how faithless we can be when God answers the prayers we pray? Like Abraham’s servant, when God answered his scenario exactly he still didn’t believe it for sure.
And why shouldn’t he doubt? I mean, this was like an instant answer to prayer. Can you imagine the long nights during the journey? There, staring into the very stars God used to promise Abraham of his abundance of descendants, this servant must have poured out his heart for success. There had to be an heir!
Now, here he stands watching the very fulfillment of his every request. Had he only been in town a few minutes? Could God really answer this quickly? Was it even possible that the first woman that came forward was the answer to all of his requests?
In our lives, God longs to answer our prayers. But answers are energized by our faith. God wants us to connect the reality of His ability to the need of our situation. He longs for us to comprehend that He is infinitely interested in the daily minutia of our lives. He loves us and just wants us to open our minds to the reality that He is constantly watching us, paying attention to our every step.
Perhaps today you are realizing that God is waiting for you before He answers your prayers. Maybe its time to reaffirm He cares so much more than you have given Him credit for. Is it time to step forward by faith and ask God to answer your prayer in a way you can understand that answer and believe it when you see it?
Faith Filled Fridays hope to boost your trust in God and accelerate your daring and courage in everyday life. Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, writes each encouragement out of a heart that has known both great joy and great loss – his wife of 38 years, 5 months and 2 days was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. Through every experience, God has proven Himself more than faithful and trustworthy. He welcomes your comments below.