Genesis 24:15-21: Watch and pray

“15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. 17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, ‘Please give me a little water from your jar.’ 18 ‘Drink, my lord,’ she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink. 19 After she had given him a drink, she said, ‘I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.’ 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.” NIV UK

‘’Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful’’ (21).

This is an example of someone ‘watching and praying’. If we are praying in faith to a God we believe to be real, we will want to look of for signs of His answers. We may not always see them. God is not obliged to work in visible ways. But the eye of faith will often discern the cloud the size of a man’s hand. This man had every reason to believe that God would guide him (7), and he was expectant. The answers to prayer may not always come in the form we expect, but let us always be full of expectation.

‘What a concentration of heaven -contrived circumstances gathered around this event! Abraham planning, the servant praying and waiting expectantly, the Angel of God leading, the very camels kneeling patiently beside the well as though they counted on the troughs being filled, the damsel coming at the precise hour! It is thus that all our daily life might be aglow with the presence and help of God. Such things take place, but, alas, our eyes are Holden!’ F.B.Meyer, ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.23.