Genesis 24: 10-17…..A cheeky prayer, but sincere!

Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water. And he said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”
Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.”

Comment: There would have been well marked travel routes for trade across the area. Not knowing the exact part of Canaan from where they left or the exact spot where they met up the round trip, as I read it, was between 800-1200 Km. There was obviously some sort of ‘bride pricing’ carried out. The servant took 10 laden camels with supplies and gifts. The servant’s prayer was detailed and specific – straight to the point. He did chose a good place at which God might answer it. From there the story would make a good romantic film, and also answer his prayer and needs completely!

Prayer: Life has many poignant times, O Father, and thank You for them!

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