19These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham fathered Isaac, 20and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Rebekah was barren so Isaac prayed that she would be able to bear and God granted his request. The ways of God never cease to amaze.
Isaac is the son through whom God is going to keep His covenant with Abraham. Isaac will be the father of a great nation and through him all the nations of the world shall be blessed. Through him the promised Messiah will come and save mankind from its sin. This is a plan forged before the world began.
And Rebekah is barren.
Are we to believe that God got caught on this one? “Oh shoot”, the Lord says “I should have chosen a woman who could bear children. How’d I let that one get by Me?” Of course not.
God chose Rebekah and God made her barren and God put Isaac to his knees to implore Him to open Rebekah’s womb. No doubt, Isaac reminded God of His covenant, of his love for his wife, of just how much Rebekah wanted children. And God heard him and answered his prayer.
Ask anything according to His will and we know that we have what it is that we asked for (I John 5:14, 15). But what if Isaac had not prayed? There is no such thing as “what if”, but whatever would have happened we know that Isaac’s prayerlessness would not have thwarted a plan made before He created the world. That He chooses to bring it to pass through prayer ought to make us to pray all the time.
Pray dear ones, pray. God does not tell us all the plans He has in the way that Isaac was told about God’s covenant with him, but He does tell us that He has plans and He tells us that they are brought to fruition through prayer. What an incentive to pray! What a God!!