The Prayer of Eliezer
Make me Successful Today
Genesis 24:12 (NIV)
“Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham”
If you are looking for success today, this week or this year, then this story is a place to start. The story begins with Abraham, a widower, finding that he was getting old at the age of 140 years, wanted his son, Isaac, to marry and give him a grand-son. Isaac was already 40 years and single. Abraham didn’t want Isaac to marry a local Canaanite so he took action by sending his servant on a mission to select a suitable bride for Isaac in his hometown about 600 miles away. He believed God would bless this mission and send an angel to prepare the journey. This may look ridiculous to us now because this bride would have to travel across the desert to marry a man she has never met. Yet this was all part of God’s plan.
This faithful servant, Eliezer, began his journey with gifts on a small caravan. As he approached the town, exhausted and thirsty, he stopped by a well where he hoped the ladies would come to draw water. Standing there watching, he prayed,
“O LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the men of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, “Please let down your jar that I may have a drink” and she says, “Drink, and I’ll water your camels too”-let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Gen. 24:12-14 (NIV)
Notice the focal point in the prayer, “Make me successful today” This request was short, simple and specific. He attached a time (today) to it. He added to his request that she should not only offer to get him a drink of water but also willingly water his camel. That was his sign that he would know it’s the right girl. God answered his prayer in the affirmative before he had finished praying and this resulted in Rebekah, a distant relative of Abraham, meeting the criteria to be Isaac’s wife. When God says “Yes” nobody can say “No”. God’s answer was a robust “Yes” which resulted in abundant blessings for Abraham’s family. God is always eager to answer our prayer but we need to be sure of what our needs are and be specific in our request.
What is your request today? Who else are you praying for?
Like Eliezer, my request is simply, ” LORD, give me success today.” and I am praying the same for you too.
Heavenly Father, I come to You today with gratitude in the name of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge my sin to You and ask for Your forgiveness. As I bow in humility, I present myself, my family and those on this platform to You. I pray that You will give us success in all aspects of our lives today. I pray that You will bind every demonic assignment spoken, or sent against us, that will try to interfere with our success. LORD, I pronounce them ineffective according to 1John 3:8, ” For this season the Son of God was made manifest, to destroy the works of the devil.” Father, I declare the works of darkness over us be broken now so that we may complete this week successfully. Release success and Your anointing upon us, our family, our finances, our property and our spiritual life as I tell You thanks in Jesus name. Amen.