ABRAHAM'S PROMISE FROM GOD:
Abraham had received a promise from the Father of a seed that would bless the nations, ( Read Gen.12:1-3) but up to this point, no son.
Abraham prayed, Lord what wilt thou give me"?
Genesis 15:1-2 ESV After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” (2) But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
Abraham has been waiting and waiting for years for the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord. How long have you been waiting?
Abraham thought that he would help God along by offering his servant Eliezer to God as the fulfillment of the promise of a son. (Read Gen.15:2-3). How many times have we asked God for something, felt like we had received a Word from the Lord and waited and waited, until waiting was not longer an option and we decided on a "plan-B" that would assist the Lord in the fulfillment of His promises?
Of course true prayer is the Father speaking and our listening. He informed Abraham that "plan-B" was unacceptable and that the seed was coming from the bowels of Abraham and it will out-number the stars in the sky. Has God ever reaffirmed a promise to you that in doing so it was overwhelming? Think about how Abraham felt. He was asking God "What will You give me?" concerning the fulfillment of ONE promise of ONE son and God assured Him that he would get his son and his seed would be greater than the stars. Okay God, I have having problems with just one. (Read Gen.15:3-5).
Here is where faith entered the picture of the prayer. Abraham believed God and it was COUNTED BY GOD.
Genesis 15:6 ESV And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
By the way... The answer to Abraham's prayer is found in Gen.21:1-8.
The next time you want to start a prayer "God, what will You give me?" make sure you have heard from Him first about what He wants to bless you with and then in faith...P.U.S.H. (Pray until something happens).
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..