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Genesis 24:14 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.

The best way of getting exactly what you want is to be specific in asking for what you want. If you make a general request, the most likely outcome is that your answer will be general at best. Abraham’s chief servant, Eliezer, set for us the example by asking specifically for what he wanted in Genesis 22. He was asked by Abraham to seek a wife for his son Isaac among his kindred living in Nahor City. When Eliezer reached the location, he made the Camels kneel beside a well outside the city. It was evening then, and during that time of the day the women would go out to the well to draw water. That meant it was possible for him to meet almost any woman from the city but he wanted the one who God ordained. To ensure his success in identifying the wife God had for Isaac he decided to pray a specific prayer: he asked God to identify the wife of Isaac by the willingness of the woman to give drink to the Camels even though he would only ask her to give him a drink. Before he finished praying, the answer showed up in the person of Rebekah and did all that he had requested of God. Further to that she was also from Abraham’s family line, which was something that Abraham required. Through this circumstance Eliezer proved for himself the greatness of God; he made a specific request and saw God manifest exactly what he asked for right before his eyes. The lesson to be learnt from Eliezer is to be specific in asking for what you want, and this should not be limited to making requests of God.

God expects you to ask specifically for what you want. Probably the best evidence of that was revealed in Mark 10:51 where Jesus asked Blind Bartimaeus what he wanted him to do for him. Jesus knew he wanted his sight, but still wanted him to say it. The main takeaway from this is to stop praying general prayers asking God to bless you, your family or your children. Tell God exactly what you want to see so that when he does it you will know that could not have been anyone else but him.

Life Application: As best as possible, be detailed in your description, when asking God and others for what you want.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the wisdom gleaned from your word. I pray for your divine protection and healing from all forms of disease. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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