Rely on Prayer

[Eliezer] said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today.”
–Genesis 24:12

When you’re choosing a mate–or making any decision in life–you need to know the principles in God’s Word. Regarding marriage, the Bible says believers are to marry only other believers. But that’s not enough, is it? There are a lot of committed Christians out there. How do you know which person is the one for you or for your child or grandchild?

That brings us to the second principle: whenever you face numerous opportunities, rely on prayer. In Genesis 24, Eliezer made the five-hundred-mile journey to Nahor to find a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac. Look at verse 11: “[Eliezer] made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water.” Eliezer knew he needed to go where all the single women of Nahor were gathered, and that was at the local watering hole. But how in the world was he to know which woman would be Isaac’s bride?

Notice what Eliezer did in verses 12–14: He prayed, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 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.”

Christian thinking today says as long as you marry a believer, you can marry whomever you want; God hasn’t ordained a particular person for you. But Eliezer believed there was one woman God had appointed to be Isaac’s wife. Some Old Testament commentators say this was peculiar to Isaac’s situation–after all, God was interested in Abraham’s descendants. But I think God is interested in all His children. If everything about us was written in God’s book before we drew our first breath, then don’t you think He had an interest in the people who came together to produce us? God has ordained every part of our lives. And if God’s plan for your life is to be married, then He has ordained somebody specific to be your spouse.

That thought shouldn’t make us panic about finding the one needle in a haystack. It didn’t drive Eliezer to panic, but it did drive him to pray. Whether you’re looking for a mate or trying to make another decision in your life right now, spend time praying about it. Are you concerned enough about God’s will that you’re willing to devote five minutes a day to praying for His direction? Rely on prayer.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “How to Choose a Mate” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

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