Bible Reading: Genesis 17:15-22
Memory verse: Genesis 15:2, “But Abram said, ‘Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
After we pray and make our requests known to God, do we see in our minds’ eyes the answer to our prayers? Or are we, like Abram, seeing contrary to God’s promise to us? Even later, Abram asked God to let Ishmael be the chosen heir He promised him. Until Abram’s confession and vision lined up with God’s will, Isaac couldn’t come. That took 25 years. This shows that prayer doesn’t make God change His will. To achieve His will, God had to get Abram and Sarai’s names changed. They both started calling each other father and mother of many nations. Within a year, Isaac was born.
Each time God spoke to Abram, He would speak to him like he already had children. It is evident that Isaac did not come because they prayed long or asked several times; rather, because they changed what they were saying and visualizing. Abraham and Sarah could have died without becoming what they had been made to be, “father of many nations”. God in His infinite mercy did everything to ensure He changed their thinking, so they could receive His promise.
In conclusion, the more we focus on changing our mindset to align with God’s will, the faster we will receive our answers; God is not the one delaying.