I was reading Streams in the Desert the other day and read the scripture from Genesis 24:15, 26-27. “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder…Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, ‘Praise be to the Lord … who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness.’”
I couldn’t remember the whole story from that scripture so I looked it up and was reminded of the great story of Abraham’s servant being obedient and putting his faith in God to provide a wife for Isaac.
Before the servant was even finished praying his request to God, God answered the prayer! I was reminded, “When we ask in faith and in Christ’s name–that is, in oneness with Him and His will–it will be given you,” (John 15:7). Since God’s Word cannot fail, whenever we meet these simple conditions, the answer to our prayer has already been granted and is complete in heaven as we pray, even though it may not be revealed on earth until much later. When we believe God for a blessing, we must have an attitude of faith and begin to act and pray as if the blessing were already ours.”
Reading this was such an encouraging reminder for me that when I make a request to God, I shouldn’t pray and then say to myself, “I hope that gets taken care of,” or “I hope it works out.” I should have confidence that “even before I am finished making my request, the Lord has already answered it.” I just need to wait patiently!