Summary: God is willing, ready and available to listen to us and answer us when we pray. Are you willing, ready and available to pray?
There is a God that answers prayers and His name is Jehovah El Shaddai. There is no prayer request that is too big, complex or complicated for Jehovah El Shaddai to handle. Neither is there any request that is too small, trivial, mundane or inconsequential for God not to give His attention to.
The focus of today’s message is on a man who experienced Jehovah El Shaddai in the place of prayer.
Text: Genesis 24:1-15
How did the servant of Abraham, experience Jehovah El Shaddai in the place of prayer?
1. THE FIRST THING ABRAHAM’S SERVANT DISCOVERED WHEN HE PRAYED TO GOD IS THAT GOD IS A LIVING GOD WHO IS SO NEAR TO US WHEN WE PRAY
God was too real to Abraham’s servant. God showed Abraham’s servant how near He is to us when we pray. Abraham's servant, discovered that in a twinkling of an eye God can get to you when you have a need, when you need His help. He is just a prayer away. Deuteronomy 4:7 says “what other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him”. There are many gods but there is only One Living God who is near to His people when they pray to Him. The thing that makes believers great, the thing that distinguishes believers from followers of all other religions is that we have a God that is near us when we pray.
Psalm 8:1 says O Lord, our Lord how excellent is your name in all the earth. God’s names are excellent; superior to all other names on earth. There are thousands of gods with different kinds of names but God’s names are superior to the names of all other gods. His names are powerful; His names reveal His nature and attributes. His names attest to the fact that He is alive, He is a Living God. His name Jehovah El Shaddai reveals Him as the God that is ALMIGHTY, the All Sufficient, All Powerful God who possesses all power and is mighty to protect from all manner of danger and evil, mighty to satisfy and supply all our needs, the God who fulfills His Word, covenant and promises (Genesis 17:1, Psalm 91:1), our All in All who is sufficient for everything and every need (Colossians 3:11).
It is only someone that is alive that can hear you when you talk to him and give you what you need. Abraham’s servant prayed to God and God answered Him because He took His request to a Living God, to Jehovah El Shaddai.
Everyone has requests, everyone has needs but it is who you take your request to that makes all the difference. Some take their request to all kinds of places and people who don’t have the power to save or help them. In 1 Kings 18:25-29, the prophets of Baal called upon their god from morning till evening. They shouted out to their god, they danced around the altar of their god, at a point they even slashed themselves with swords and spears until blood was coming out of their bodies, but there was no response, their god didn’t answer them, their god didn’t pay any attention to them, their god seriously disappointed them. Why? Because there is only One true and Living God and He is Jehovah El Shaddai. He is the God that is near us when we pray; He is a God that hears us when we call. He is the only God that doesn’t disappoint those who put their trust in Him.
The prophets of baal cut themselves, injured themselves, blood was coming out of their bodies, they were going through so much pain right before their god, but their god wasn’t moved, their god wasn’t touched. But thank God we have a Living God, Jehovah El Shaddai who is touched by our infirmities, who understands what we are going through (Hebrews 4:15) and so sends us help when we are in need, when we are going through tough and painful times (Psalm 46:1). He is a Living God who makes our burdens His own burden. He would rather be the one carrying that burden than see us weighed down by any kind of burden that’s why He says “cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee, he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
The prophets of Baal called on their god from morning till evening but there was no response. Abraham’s servant called on Jehovah El Shaddai and before he had even finished praying (Genesis 24:15), while he was yet speaking (Isaiah 65:24), God answered him.
Like it happened to the servant of Abraham, as you pray to Jehovah El Shaddai, He will manifest Himself in your life as a Living God. You will not pray and be disappointed. You will not pray and be wondering where is God, can He see me, can He hear me, can He even handle this issue? Just as God sent an angel to Daniel while he was yet speaking, while he was still praying (Daniel 9:20-21), this year, God will send an angel with the answer to your prayer, with your blessing and package while you are yet speaking, while you are still praying.