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Prayer

26th November 2011, hej

 

2) The Fathers of Israel

Abraham prayed for deliverance for his nephew Lot when he was captured. After the victory, Abraham told the King of Sodom his vow,

“I have lift up mine hand unto Yahweh, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich” (Genesis 14:22-23)



Abraham taught his household to serve his God. So when his servant is sent on a mission to find a wife for Isaac, the servant prays,

O Yahweh God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham.
Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: 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 you have shewed kindness unto my master. (Genesis 24:12-14)

And the servant is answered directly before he had finished praying.



Isaac was 40 years old when he took Rebekah to wife (Gen 25:20) Even though he knew he was the heir to a promise for multitudes to come from him he prays for a son.

Isaac intreated Yahweh for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. (Genesis 25:21)

He waited, but no son. So he prays and his prayer was answered. He was 60 years old when his sons were born! (Gen 25:26)

Jacob

Jacob returning in distress and in fear of his brother Esau prays,

O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, Yahweh which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. And you said, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. (Genesis 32:9-12)

Jacob's answer is a home coming in peace, where Easu embraces him.



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