Prayer is Immediate

Genesis 24:15

Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.

Abraham sends his servant on a daunting task to find a wife for his son Isaac.  Upon arriving at the right place, the servant begins to pray and asks God for success in his task.  He asks that God would direct him to the right woman and to give him a sign to indicate that he had found the woman of God’s choosing.

As the verse says, before the servant was finished praying, Rebekah appeared.  At times it may feel as if God isn’t hearing our prayers or that when we try to reach God, we get a busy signal.  Just because we don’t get an immediate response the way we would like doesn’t mean that our prayers haven’t reached God.

God answers our prayers in one of three ways: yes, no, or wait.  Sometimes it is the right thing at the wrong time.  Even when God immediately answers our prayers yes or no it doesn’t mean that we will see the effects immediately.  In fact, it doesn’t mean that we will see the effects at all.

Often God answers our prayers and we never even notice it or have a chance to.  When we pray for safety on a trip, usually we won’t narrowly miss getting involved in an accident.  But we may have been held at a red light for five seconds longer that caused us to not even be close to a near miss.

Rest assured, God hears and answers our prayers immediately.  We won’t always see or notice the answer but God will not fail us.

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