Genesis 2:23, KJV
The Beginning of Prayer
The words recorded above were the first words of Adam as recorded in the book of Genesis--the book of beginnings. Is this a prayer? In essence, yes! Who was Adam speaking to? He was speaking to God. What is prayer? Prayer is a conversation with God, or as Robert Burns stated, "A correspondence fixed in heaven."
Adam, created perfectly, had a relationship with his Creator that we will not have until we reach the courts of heaven. We can not possibly relate to this experience of Adam. He walked in the Garden of Eden and talked with God.
Unfortunately, his relationship with God (and thus our relationship with God as well) changed when Adam and Eve sinned against God. Being thrust out of God's beautiful garden, Adam and Eve faced the stark reality of their new life. Never again, while living on this earth, would they have that comfortable presence with God.
Knowing God as they did, we would assume, however, that they continued to pray to their Father God and would teach their children to do the same.
Is this too simple or easy for us? Are we being too familiar with this awesome and holy God we serve to think of just conversing with Him as we converse with one another? Are we guilty of not praying to God because we believe that we do not know how to pray to Him? Do we feel too unworthy to approach His throne of grace?
These are valid questions and should not be too easily dismissed. Getting back to our subject of prayers in the Bible, one would think that the book of Genesis would be filled with prayers and supplications to God. Is that what we find. In actuality, that is not really the case.
In most instances, in this study, we will be looking at actual prayers as we think of them, and not just the conversations that Adam, and later Cain, had with God in Genesis 3 and 4. Genesis continues with a history of the development of civilization. After Cain killed his brother, Abel, we are told that Cain went out from the presence of the Lord (Genesis 4:16).
Was all lost? Was there none who would follow after God?
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
Genesis 4:25-26, KJV
No, all was not lost. God raised up a godly seed through Seth.
In our next devotion we will actually look at the first recorded prayer in the Bible by Abraham. We know that Enoch and Noah were men who were recorded as walking with God, yet, the Bible does not record any actual prayers they made to God.
It is not until after the flood that God continues the narrative of a godly line of people who followed after Him, the One and True Living God, by giving us the account of His servant, Abraham.
Let us, today, think of our own relationship with God. God--the God of all the Universe, has reached down, loved a people unworthy of His love, and called them to be His children. Let us respond to His great and wondrous love for us. Let us seek a regular and personal relationship with Him in prayer and Bible study. He loves us, He guides us, and He will carry us through all of the difficulties of this life and then take us home to live with Him forever!
What an amazing God we serve. Nothing in this life is more important than Him!
God Bless You,