Lord, send someone across my path today that I can help.

Lord, send someone across my path today that I can help.

This is a simple but most exciting prayer and one that the Lord delights in answering.

This is a simple but most exciting prayer and one that the Lord delights in answering. There is a story in Genesis 24 that demonstrates this. Abraham was very old and asked his chief servant to find a wife for his son Isaac ‘not from the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but go to my country and my own relatives.’ (vs4) The servant travelled to a town where he stopped to water his camels. The servant prayed: ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today and show kindness to my master Abraham.’ (v12). Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder. The servant ‘watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.’ (v2). In conversation with her, he discovered that she was, indeed, a relative of Abraham’s through his brother Nahor. Then the servant bowed down and thanked God saying: ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham …The Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.’ (vs27). There is a pattern here – Pray. Watch. Discern. Thank God! We invite great opportunities when we start our day with that simple prayer: ‘Lord, send someone across my path today that I can help.’ He may seat us next to someone at the doctor’s surgery who needs some encouragement. He may place a needy person in front of us at the supermarket checkout queue. The possibilities are endless, and exciting! And of course, there may be times when we need to change the prayer to: ‘Lord, send someone across my path today to encourage me.’ God is not averse to us praying for ourselves. Encouragement may come from a phone call, an unexpected knock on your door, and the pattern is the same: Pray. Watch. Discern. Thank God!

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