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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 25, 2012 - Before He Had Finished Praying …

By Scott Harrup

Genesis 24 shares in great detail the journey Abraham’s servant undertook to find a wife for his master’s son. The patriarch bound the servant with a vow to carry out the search on very specific terms.

The bride must come from Abraham’s family in his homeland.

The bride must be willing to return with the servant to Abraham and Isaac.

Under no circumstances was Isaac to return to the old country to find a bride.

It was a tall order, and despite having a rich dowry and other servants at his disposal, Abraham’s servant knew the task was beyond his ability to fulfill. His quest involved far more than finding some attractive relative from back home for Isaac — it was vitally important the servant find the one woman God had planned for the continuation of His blessing through Abraham’s offspring.

Perhaps you’ve read the story and recall the servant’s prayer that God would identify the right wife for Isaac through her kind act of sharing water at a well.

“May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’ — let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac” (Genesis 24:14, NIV).

Sermons about this narrative often dwell on the vast amount of water the servant’s 10 camels would have required after a long journey.

But the detail that jumps out to me is in verse 15: “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder.”

God’s answer to the servant’s prayer was instantaneous. This didn’t mean the servant saw the results instantly. Verse 21 tells us he had to wait until all of his camels had been watered before he was certain Rebekah was the right woman. But God acted immediately in response to faithful prayer.

And that is true of your prayers and mine. Like the servant, we have to wait while the full expression of God’s answer comes to life. Unlike the servant, our waiting may take months or even years.

But when we pray in faith, we can be sure there is no lag whatsoever between a heartfelt plea to our Heavenly Father and His responsive acts of grace.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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