Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Genesis 25:21-22 (NIV)
Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
Genesis 25:21-22 (MSG)
Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren. God answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, “If this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living?” She went to God to find out what was going on.
“Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was unable to conceive children; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived [twins]. But the children struggled together within her [kicking and shoving one another]; and she said, “If it is so [that the Lord has heard our prayer], why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord [praying for an answer].” -AMPLIFIED
Abraham has passed on to his eternal reward and Isaac picks up the mantel of his father. We find that although much of Isaac’s life was pretty anti-climactic, compared to his father’s, he knew the importance of spending time with God. In fact, we find from our text that the Isaac-es were a praying family; not only did Isaac pray, but Rebekah did too.
We find a detail in Genesis 25 that will help us better understand the significance of Isaac’s prayer on behalf of his wife. Scripture tells us that at this point in time they had been married twenty years already; yet God had as yet not blessed them with a child. The sorrow and stigma of a barren wife; plus the burden of knowing that God’s promise to Abraham must be carried on through them, must have been heavy on their minds.
Jewish history, outside of the Bible, tells us that after twenty years of waiting for a child, Isaac took Rebekah to Mount Moriah. He took her to the very place where he was once bound to be given as a sacrifice to God, and there he prayed that she might conceive. He reminded the Lord of the promise He had made to Abraham, that he would be the father of many, and the fact that this could only come about if God would release Rebekah of her barrenness.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with reminding God of those promises He has made to us. Jacob, when he was older, did just that; “And You [Lord] said, ‘I will certainly make you prosper and make your descendants as [numerous as] the sand of the sea, which is too great to be counted.”-Genesis 32:12 (AMP)
We find that God answered Isaac’s prayer and Rebekah became pregnant; in fact, this couple was doubly blessed. During her pregnancy Rebekah was not sure she was blessed. She felt like there was a constant battle going on within her, so she went to the Lord inquiring on why this was happening. God’s answer was indeed telling, “The Lord said to her, “[The founders of] two nations are in your womb; and the separation of two nations has begun in your body; the one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.” -Genesis 25:23 (AMP)
The point that we should carry away from all of this is: we should be a people of prayer, as well as families of prayer. God answers prayer and there is absolutely nothing wrong with reminding Him of promises He has made to each of us as individuals. Get serious with God and spend some time in prayer.
Lord, I know your desire for me is to spend more time with you in prayer. You have said in Scripture, “You have not because you ask not.” Isaac and Rebekah understood the need to get serious with you in their requests. I too want to see those answered prayers. I want to see the wonders of miracles happening in my life. You have made promises to me personally, and I humbly remind you of them now. Work in my life, I pray. Let my life be a living testimony to others that God is real, alive and at work in our World today.