Have you read the story of Rebekah lately? In fact, have you ever read the story of Rebekah? It is found in Genesis 24. May I suggest that you read in its entirety because I will be focused on specific portions, but not the entire story as presented in that portion of Scripture.
Abraham had a son named Isaac, and a servant named Eliezer. (Gen. 15:2) He wanted his son to have a wife of his own ancestry, and so he sent the servant to secure the wife. Please remember that this was an exceptionally long journey to the area from which Abraham had come, and it left little margin for error to go there and find a woman to meet the qualifications presented; “To my country and to my relatives.” Even Abraham understood the problems with the unequal yoke!
The servant travelled those miles and then put the matter before the Lord. #1, “He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water.” (v11)
#2, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show loving kindness to my master Abraham. Behold I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now may it be that the girl to whom I say, “Please let down your jar so that I may drink,” and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I shall know that You have shown loving kindness to my master.”
Recall for a moment how narrow this request. The servant presented his request in the midst of numerous girls approaching the well; he recognizes his own inability to identify the person he is seeking; he basis the needed identification on the relationship of Abraham to God, and her identity of the “exact” manner in which she would reply, and the “jar” on her shoulder. You can see that he is very specific in his request! Remember how in the story she was to not only care for his needs, but after caring for his need she is to offer to water his camels and that after his long journey. (Obviously this was not a simple undertaking.)
How often do we make our prayer requests in the broadest terminology; “Not my will, but Thine be done!” When I enjoined upon the congregation that we should ask only after we have a clearly defined object, at the close of the Service a lady commented, “I have never heard that before!”
Has our prayer- life become one of ambiguity? As a servant of our Lord, have I narrowed my requests to “a jar on her shoulder” and the Lord of which I am but a servant? Let us never forget the words of John 14 and the context in which our Savior said: “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13, 14)