November 20 Petition Mission

“O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.…And it happened, before he had finished speaking…” (Gen 24:12, 15).

This wouldn’t be the last prayer for a wife! Abraham’s unnamed servant—probably Eliezer of Damascus, but perhaps left unnamed for the typical link with the One the Father sent to woo a Bride for His Son—makes a wise petition. He is looking for a specific kind of woman. First, she is not to be unbelieving, but from a family of those who knew the Lord. Second, she must be the woman of God’s choosing in answer to his prayer. Third, she should be willing to serve, not only responding to the servant’s request for a drink, but offering to draw water for his [notoriously thirsty] camels! Two thirsty camels can drink 60 gallons in less than 15 minutes!

God answered, and answers still. By the way, the fact that she “was very beautiful to behold” is not on his list—although perhaps on Isaac’s!