There was a certain man, who was a servant and he lived in Canaan with his master. He had been in charge of all the master’s possession because the master had not yet any child for a long time. God did show favour to the master and he had a son. There came a certain time when the master was about to die that he sent this servant to look for a wife for his son in the land of Harran. The master assured him that he would be succesful and that would come as a result of the faithfulness of the master’s God. So the servant went and once he got there he prayed…
Genesis 24:12 (NIV)
Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 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.”
Where then is all this leading to? I’ll tell you. Though the servant had been assured success on his journey , he still through what he had learned from his master recognised the place of prayer concerning what ever he set out to do. He prayed for success, he prayed for guidance, he prayed for his master. The servant prayed. He was so much concerned about his master’s business that he forgot not to pray for success on his journey. The servant did set out on this journey with purpose. This is the attitude God would like for us to have concerning what ever is placed in our hands. God loves a faithful servant. This attitude is called the attiutde or spirit of excellence. Those who commit their ways to God have understanding. It is also important to note that the servant did not associate success with wealth, influence, confidence rather he associated success with prayer. He recognised that God grants good success to those who trust in him.
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
After God had granted him success the scripture says he bowed down and worshipped. He recognised the importance of worship and thanks giving. Live a life of gratitude.
Genesis 24:26 (NIV)
Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.
This is the attitude we need to have in order to attract God’s favour, guidance and blessings. Never rely on your strength, confidence, influence, power etc instead rely and trust in God. After you have done what you can in your power commit whatever it is to God. Commit your daily affairs to God in prayer. This will make your life journey a success.