Read: Genesis 24:1-27 and Psalm 81
Today’s reading is about Eleazar, Abraham’s most-trusted servant, who goes to find a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. Abraham knew it would not be a good idea for Isaac to marry a woman from among the Canaanites, because they were all idol worshipers. So Abraham sent Eleazar back to where he was from to find a suitable woman for Isaac to marry. The first one he comes across does what he had prayed for, and he knew she was the one God had for Isaac.
God answers prayers. Sometimes the answer is no, however. Sometimes we have a real problem with that, as though God is supposed to acquiesce and just do what we want. But sometimes the answer is yes, and God moves in a miraculous way. Difficulties are overcome. Closed doors are opened. Things that seem impossible become possible. What is the difference? Why does it seem like we get nowhere with some things and yet with others miracles happen?
The difference is that we have to be in tune with what God wants to do. This is the definition of faith: Looking into the spiritual dimension to see what God says about something, and then doing your part to bring it about. Faith is listening and obeying. And quite often that obedience begins with what we ask God for when we pray.
Take some time to get in tune with what God wants you to pray for. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Give us grace, O God, that we might be in tune with your will, and that we might always be searching for your guidance in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.