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The Unknown Servant

10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.

12 Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Genesis 24:10-14

The unknown servant had a plan when he arrived in Nahor: pray where the young women go to congregate. Of course he could have gone closer to town, and did the same thing. He no doubt calculated that eligible young ladies would go there in the evening to get water.

His prayer was simple and straightforward. The entire prayer is specific and was captured for our benefit. Straight and to the point. Even though I don’t know his name, I like this servant. He was a servant willing to do whatever his master asked of him. He wasn’t a matchmaker, but he was willing and he prayed.

His prayer wasn’t lofty or sophisticated, but it triggered a response. God answered his prayer even before he was finished praying.

It would be easy to conclude that prayer is easy: just pray and God will make it happen. We all know that’s not true in the least. We only get a tiny glimpse at this servant and his prayer, but chances were good that he prayed the entire trip. Of course I can’t know taht for sure, but if it were my assignment, that’s what I would do.

Also something to consider: this man was under quite a bit of pressure to get the job done. You could say that the Hebrew nation rested on his success. He knew who Abraham was and what the promised from God were.

The takeaway today is different than prayers or answered prayer.

No, much of what I’ve done is speculate about Abraham’s servant, but we really don’t know him. He played an important role in the birth of the Hebrew nation, but he is long forgotten.

And I suppose that’s the point.

We don’t know people all that well. We know what we see of them but there’s always a side that is secretive and unknown. For some it’s dark and tragic.

What about the people you associate with, do you know them?

A better question might be, do they want to be known?

Do you want to be known by them?

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