Rebekah: to Pray or Not to Pray

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Genesis 25:19-26; 27

[Rebekah] said [to Jacob], “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my word.” (27:13

NRSV)

Rebekah was barren. So Isaac went to the Lord in prayer on behalf of his wife, and she
became pregnant with twins. It was a difficult pregnancy, but God explained it: “Two
nations are in your womb . . . the elder shall serve the younger” (25:23). You would
think, then, that when the time came for the family blessing, Isaac and Rebekah would
recall God’s prophecy before their sons were born, bring this situation to the Lord in
prayer, and ask him what to do. But no! Each parent had a favorite son, and communication
between the spouses had broken down.

Consequently, for Isaac, Rebekah, and their two sons, scheming and lies replaced prayer
and openness. What had happened to them? What turned their beautiful romance into such an
ugly marriage? The decisions in this dysfunctional family instigated a history of deceit
for future generations. The stories of Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph are tragic, and in each
generation the results of those lies became worse.

One thing the Bible assures us of: God will hear and answer our prayers. Maybe not
right away, maybe not in the way we would want. But he will bring his good and perfect
will to pass in our lives through prayer. If, however, we ignore him, disregard his Word,
and try to create our own answers, disaster is waiting to happen.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for being our friend and inviting us to take everything to

you in prayer. Amen.