2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Genesis 15:2-3, KJV
Abram Prays to God
In the book of Genesis, as we read the story of Abram/Abraham, we read many directives from God to Abram. However, the first actual prayer by Abram which is recorded in the Word of God is shown above from Genesis 15.
Abram's life is rich with blessing as we see this extraordinary man follow God. This is not the God of his fathers--this was a God previously unknown to Abram. Yet, when God begins to appear to Abram and speak to him, we find that Abram was amazingly obedient. God was not asking small things of Abram, but rather, God was commanding him to leave everything he had formerly known--family, friends, and even his gods--to follow Him.
By the mercies and grace of God, Abram did not lack for riches, but there was one thing that Abram did lack. Abram had no children; his wife, Sarah, was barren.
Abram fell before God and asked that God would give him an heir for at this time his only heir was his personal steward--a man who served him faithfully but was not his descendant.
How did God answer this prayer of Abram?
4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Genesis 15:4-5, KJV
God's intention was not for Eliezer to be Abram's heir. Instead, God promised that Abram would have an heir. Not only did God not stop there, but he brought Abram out to look at the stars of the sky. He asked Abram if he could count the stars. As Abram gazed up to the starry heavens, God said, "So shall thy seed be."
What a powerful illustration of God's grace to his servant, Abram.
How did Abram respond?
6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:6, KJV
How has God answered that prayer? How many believers have there been in this world since the days of Abram? How many believers live in all the countries of the world today? As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we worship this same God. As such, we are the children of Abram; we are part of that starry heaven that Abram gazed upon!
Does God answer prayer? Oh yes! The difficulty, however, does not lie with God, but it lies with us. Do we believe that God answers prayer? Do we believe that God answers our prayer?
Are we guilty of limiting God because we do not believe He will answer our prayers like He answered those of Abram? Do we limit God and instead trust in the works of men (ourselves included) to answer our prayers?
Man has achieved so much, especially in the last century, that I fear we are far too ready to trust in men and women to take care of our needs. The world offers so much, does it not?
However, there is one very important thing you will not find in this world. You will not find the true way to heaven and an eternity with God. Only in Christ can we find true salvation. Only in Christ and in our Father, God, will we find the One who can truly care for us and take care of all of our needs.
It took Abram a lifetime to discover this. Have we, in the years we have lived on this earth, made that same discovery? Is it God in whom we place all of our trust? Go to Christ, He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life.
Yes, God answers the prayers of His children!
God Bless You,