Prayers of the Saints

Humble Prayers of God's People

Here we have Abraham who was concerned about finding a good wife for his son Isaac. So, as a good dad would do, he told his eldest servant to fetch a wife from his relatives for Isaac. This he did prayerfully as we read below.

Choosing a Wife for His Son

And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac. (Genesis 24:1-4)

On His Journey 

And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor. And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water. (Genesis 24:10-11

Asking God for Help

And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master. 

And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. (Genesis 24:12-15)

And if we read on, we would learn that Rebekah became Isaacs wife for life. This I believe would be helpful for our generation as well. For parents generally know more that what their children given them credit for. It’s know wonder our youth are so messed up these days.

Next, we have the prayer of Jabez which some may claim as a “get rich” promise prayer. But as I read all of Jabez request, I personally find that this was not a greedy "make me rich" type of prayer at all. For I see this request to enlarge his coast was not about himself being financially blessed with much houses, money and riches. But I see it as a prayer for him, his children and his Children’s children to increase and passes the land before them. This is true, for scripture say: "for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. (2 Corinthians 12:14) So, let us read his prayer below

Jabez Prays

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

We also see that he asked God to keep him on the right path of life as well. So, for those who claim this was a get rich prayer, fail to see that this is in contradiction to God’s word. For we read: "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition." (1 Timothy 6:9) And lets remember also that God blessed others such as Abraham and Solomon not because they asked for riches, but because they sought God's will for their life.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. (Psalm 27:11)

Learn to Pray

Here we have a small collections of prayers from God's Saints. Though they're not as lengthy as some other prayers we may have read, but God still answered them. So let us learn to always be in prayer and trust God with our few words as well as our much. "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

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