Joseph Prince - Pray For QARAH And See Good Success
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This is an excerpt from: The Kairos Year Of Right Time, Right Place - Part 1
Now we go to Abraham's servant. Abraham's servant is from the chapter, 24 of Genesis. Just to let you all know, okay, Genesis 24 is one, long chapter. Longest chapter of all, okay? And, um, why is it the longest chapter in the book of Genesis? Because it's a story about Jesus and the church, his bride. Let me explain. Two chapters before that is Genesis 22, correct? Twenty-four, twenty-two, correct? Twenty-two is about the father's love for the son. The father, okay, let me, God told Abraham, "Take your son, your only son, the son that you love, and offer him on Mount Moriah". Actually, God was talking about himself. He will give up his son, his only son, the son that he loved, and he loved Jesus.
See, you never know how much God loves you until you know how much God loves Jesus, because God gave up Jesus for you, right? And, offer him on Mount Moriah. Where Jesus died is the extension called Calvary from Mount Moriah. It's all about Jesus. So, Genesis 22 is about the cross. Genesis 24 is about after the cross, what is the Holy Spirit doing now? The Holy Spirit is like Abraham's servant. He's unnamed. Throughout this chapter he is not named, why? Because the Holy Spirit is now on earth. Not God the Father, not God the Son, but the Holy Spirit, he's now on earth. So, Abraham's servant is the one that was sent from a far country, like, from heaven, the father, a picture of our heavenly Father, Abraham, sent the servant to find a bride for his son, Isaac.
So, Jesus is the Isaac, our heavenly Isaac. So, we are the bride that's being sought. That's why you are part of the bride of Christ. The fact that you are here, you are saved and all that, you responded to the Holy Spirit, amen. And what is God doing now all over the earth? He is, bringing out from every nation members, amen, born again people that will become part of the bride of Christ. That's why it's the longest chapter. Of all the dispensations that has passed throughout the Bible, throughout history, our dispensation of grace is the longest. It's the longest chapter, amen. Abraham's servant went to find, and he's not named, because the Holy Spirit don't call attention to himself, he calls attention to the Son, always the Son.
So, you know how a ministry is anointed of the Holy Spirit? Not that he talks about the Holy Spirit all the time. It talks about Jesus. If it's under the influence of the Holy Spirit, he will glorify Jesus all the time. He will unveil Jesus to you all the time, amen. If you find a ministry like that, park yourself under that ministry. The person is not out to glorify himself, or he won't get sidetracked. And this is how you know correct doctrine. It all points to Jesus. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, "He shall glorify me," amen.
So, let's follow the story of Abraham's servant. Are you ready? By the way, you know how it's the ending? Finally, he found the girl, right? That Isaac is supposed to marry, the one that got appointed. He brought her back, he has all the ten camels, she brought her maid with her, all right, and they travelled along for many days before they reached. That many days is like our days today. We are waiting for Jesus, to see Jesus face-to-face. So, she never saw him before, no? You also never see Jesus before. But we learn about every night they have a campfire, the servant will talk, the elderly servant will talk about Isaac, how he's the loved son, how the father heard God tell him to offer his son, the son that he loved, but God stopped him at the last moment, amen. It was a test, but it was a picture of God sending his Son.
So, every night she would hear, "Let's talk about Jesus, the King of kings is here," every night. And by the time finally she came back, she came to where Isaac was, watch this. Isaac was out meditating in the field in the evening, so, guys, if you are waiting for your life partner to manifest, start meditating on the Word of God day and night. And one day you lift up your eyes, your camels are coming, hallelujah. All right, and, "He lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming". Shout, the camels are coming. Ha, ha, "Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac," hey. "First time ever I saw your face". Something about you all, no? The first service I never sing any hymns, all right? All right. So, first time she laid eyes. We'll see Jesus, when? In the rapture.
And you know something? The Jewish rabbis confirmed this. See the word, "Dismounted from her camel"? If you look up in the Hebrew, you know what it says? Fall off, fall off, even fall prostrately. The first time she saw Isaac, she fell off, why? The next verse tells you she was trying to grab her veil. Her veil was somewhere, she tried to grab it, and she fell off. But she fell, and this part here is not in the Bible, but rabbinical teachings tell us, right, when they expound on this, they say that Isaac was there to hold her. And Isaac sang, "She ain't heavy. She's my woman". So, she fell into his arms. Isn't that true for you and I when Jesus comes again? We'll be swept off our feet, literally, in the rapture. Hallelujah. We'll see Jesus. The first time we see Jesus, we are elevated.
"Oh, Pastor Prince, I'm scared of heights". You won't be in the new body. In the new body there's no fear. In the new body you will never feel boredom again. In the new body, what is it? You won't fall asleep when man is preaching. Yeah. Healthy forever, young forever. Forever is a long time, bro. Get your priorities right, amen. He's coming for us. And the Bible, drop down. And, because she asked, is he, she took a veil, she fell because of this. And the servant told Isaac all the things, look at this. "Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her".
Just let you know that this the second mention of love in the Bible. The first mention was Genesis 22, "Take your son, your only son, the son that you love," a picture of the Father's love for his Son, the Father's love for his Son, our Lord Jesus. The Father loved his Son. The first mention is father's love for his son. Of all the love, it's not the love of... or what girl's name or whatever, lah? It's not these two, okay? It's not the ending of a last episode, it's not. The greatest love of al is the Father's love for his Son. You'll never know how much God loves you until you know how much the Father loves the Son, because he gave up his Son for you. Second love, second mention of love is the bridegroom's love for his bride. The Son's love for his bride. Isn't it beautiful? This is the emphasis for the entire Bible, hallelujah.
So, let's follow the story now, let's break it down and then we'll close. Just a little nugget, okay? So, the servant doesn't know. He promised the father, Abraham, Abraham says, "Don't go to the heathen and find an unbelieving girl for my son. Go to my relatives in, Mesopotamia," quite a journey, all right? "And find among them". There's a lot of women in that village, so he doesn't know who. So, finally he brought ten camels and, went all the way, they had ten camels, note that. All the way to the village, and he came to the well, and he says that. Let's follow his prayer. "Then the servant prayed, 'O LORD God of my master Abraham, please give me,'" what? Shout. Up there, shout. Success. You know what's the Hebrew word? Qarah. This is the first mention of qarah in the Bible.
And what did I say? The law of first mention. Don't forget, every time something is mentioned the first time, take note. What else can you see in that verse? Give me qarah, give me a right happening, give me success. But isn't it related? When you have a right happening, it is success for you, right? "Give me qarah this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham". See the word kindness there? It's hesed. It's the word for grace. It's the word for grace. Every time you see qarah, somehow grace is not far away. Grace is tied up with qarah, which means unearned, undeserved favor. Only God's grace can put you at the right place at the right time. Enjoy the kairos moment, hallelujah. Amen? Praise the Lord. "Show hesed to my master Abraham". Then he says, these are the signs that he asked God for. "Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water".
So, daughters are coming out. It's a time in the evening. Women come out, that's their work, to come out to draw water for their houses, right? And, daughters, plural, are coming out. But who came out finally? One. Rebekah. It's a time when daughters come out, but finally one come out, why? What happened to the rest? God restrained them, all right? One of them, their lashes fell off. Another one says, "Oh no". She was about to go out with her pitcher, then says, "I forgot to put my makeup," you know? Another one says this, another one says that, but whatever it is, it's God. God stopped them except the right girl. When you pray for qarah, God will stop anything, maybe even airplane, for you. Amen. Pray. Is it, "Pastor, I don't feel like praying for success. I'm told that that is, fleshly and all that".
Then Abraham's servant, who is a picture of the Holy Spirit, is fleshly? No. Thank God he prayed for success. I cannot understand people who tell you, "Don't pray for success," and all that, because you know why? You don't pray for success, then who do you look to for success? Yourself, or somebody else, or some new age teaching. Aren't you glad people are looking to the Lord? Like, sometimes they, you know, pastor friends would tell me, "People come to church and they fell asleep". "Why aren't you glad"? I said, "They're sleeping in the presence of God. At least they come". Some, they got a problem, you know? Slowly sleep, they get healed, lah? They get healed, they'll shout very loud, amen? And some people look like they are sleeping, but they are not sleeping. Their eyes are like that, that's it. So, these are the signs. He told God this. He told God this.
"Behold, I stand at the well of the water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, 'Please, let down your pitcher that I may drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink', let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master," hesed. Okay, drop down. "And it happened, before he had finished speaking". Now, underline that, "Before he had finished speaking," because the Lord spoke to me and said this. "Tell them this year". Many of you have experienced this already. Even before you finish speaking, God gives the answer. Isaiah 65 is a promise, here it says, verse 24, "It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; While they are still speaking," like Abraham's servant, "I will hear".
Now, that's not to encourage you, you don't have to pray and all. Of course we pray. In fact, Abraham's servant was praying. While he was praying, the answer was already forthcoming, so what is it? God knew what you gonna pray before you pray, and sometimes God give the answer before you finish praying, because God orchestrated everything. Cannot be that, thunk, she was in the kitchen cutting, you know, fish or whatever, then, pew, she was in the front of the well. Cannot be like that, can it? She must have made her way. So, God knew. See, qarah don't have to use your logic. You just pray, "Let qarah, right time, right place happen to me, Father, today", and God will orchestrate everything.