January 17 – Blessed Be the Lord for Answered Prayer

Abraham asked one of his servants to be the matchmaker for his son and so he traveled to Abraham’s hometown in search of a wife for Isaac.  As the servant journeyed he prayed to God for guidance and success.  When a beautiful maiden gave him water to drink from the spring and watered his camels too he knew God had answered this specific request.  The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master.  As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.”

In order to get an answer from a specific prayer we need to go to God and voice our specific needs.  Sometimes the answer comes quickly as it did for Abraham’s servant and sometimes our faith is grown as we wait upon God’s timing.  Our young family had a great lesson in faith growing during our second time of living in a Chinese village.  Duke, an adorable puppy brought lots of joy to our household, and Sophie was especially attached to the little guy.  One afternoon right out of the blue, a man walked into our courtyard, picked up Duke and ran away before we could catch him.  Duke’s “dognapping” led to several trips to the local market in hopes of finding him and nightly prayers were lifted to God, pleading to bring Duke back.  Thirty days later, Sophie still leading the prayer campaign, a local friend called saying they spotted Duke with a thug.  Russell rushed to the rescue, decisively dealt with the drug dealer and Duke returned to our home with much rejoicing to God!  God cares about our cares, whether they be dog-sized or concerning a new bride.  Blessed be the Lord!

Genesis 24:26-27 ESV