Genesis 24 is a chapter often used to emphasize the Biblical teachings regarding marriage and God’s miraculous providence. This time, we recount the story through the perspective of the old servant and the evolution of his attitude toward the LORD as the work of God pans out before his eyes. The progression of his posture in prayer is a reflection of the progression of his faith through his experience of God.
In the Greco-Roman era, warfare was up-close, sanguinary, and lethal. The Greeks and Romans, who were the masters of warfare, often employed the phalanx—a military formation consisting of rows of heavily armored soldiers with full-body shield and spear. A single soldier who was not in this formation was very vulnerable in battle; the chances of him deserting the battlefield were very high. The phalanx, therefore, was a reassuring source of protection and courage. It was a very simple formation–one simply lined up, with comrades to the left and right–but it proved to be overwhelmingly effective, as this formation allowed Alexander the Great to defeat armies that were over twice their size, taking over the known world.
In Matthew 11:25-30, the Lord Jesus was compelled by the Holy Spirit to pray to the heavenly Father, revealing how we ought to pray to be heard by God.
“I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matt 11:25-27)
“He gives power to the weak,(Isa 40:29-31)
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
This is the promise of the LORD. When we are weary, tired, and faint, we will be able to continue our walk on the paths of righteousness if we wait on Him. God will renew our strength to mount up with wings like eagles, that the path of life no longer be arduous and difficult.
As breathing is essential to the physical body, prayer is essential to the health and well-being of our spiritual bodies. It is the foundation of our faith and our mode of communication with God. However, as we go about our busy lives, we often get caught up in the worries and the pleasures of the world. Prayer often becomes a formality, a ritual, or something we simply need to check off of our To-Do list. We may know that prayer is good for us, but this may simply remain as something we know but do not truly experience. As a result, we may have prayers without direction, prayers that feel long and unfulfilling, or prayers that leave us feeling emptier and further away from God. We may even wonder, “Why pray at all? Does it really help?”