The ancient city of Ur of the Chaldeans was a great civilization. It was a land that was a bit advanced in its technology and enterprise. This was the land our father Abraham had to leave because the Lord Almighty appeared to him and demanded that he should follow him to another land which he would give him.
However, the most interesting part of it all was that though Abraham believed God and shifted his family and all he had to the ancient land of Canaan, yet after close to 50 years of living in the land God had given him, he still did not have even a place to rest his head. He was still living as a stranger and a nomadic traveler.
Do you see how the Fulani herdsmen can come and settle in a land that is not their own, just to have a place to lay their head and raise their cattle? That was exactly the kind of life Abraham lived.
He lived in tents in a land that was not his own, and after more than 50 years of walking with God, all he had to hand down to his generation was simply a promise! Nothing more.
By faith (Abraham) lived as a foreigner in the country that God had promised him. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who received the same promise from God. (Heb 11:9, GNB)
When Mama Sarah, Abraham’s wife died, Abraham managed to secure a place called the Cave of Mac-pelah where he could bury his dead. Hence, that was the only inheritance he had to hand over to his son Isaac- a burying place and a promised inheritance.
This matter may look so light to us until it is time for a brother to get married, and all the assurance he is giving to the sister he wants to marry is a promised inheritance! Immediately, questions will arise in the sister’s heart? Is it a promise that I will eat? When will this promise come to pass? What if this promise does not come to pass? Then and only then will both the brother and the sister begin to appreciate the reality of living on an unfulfilled promise.
To a man in the oriental times, wealth was measured primarily in lands and landed properties. You are not rich simply because you have cattle or silver and gold. If you do not have lands and buildings, you are not yet a prosperous man. This was what Abraham faced, and Isaac faced it too.
Now, the promise was drawing close. God had promised Abraham to give him a land, yet no land had been given to Abraham up till then. God had promised to make him a great nation, yet all he had was essentially Isaac (one son).
Now, Isaac grew up, and continued the same routine. He too had no properties, but continued to live in tents like his father. His other brother Ishmael had moved on, acquired lands and properties and settled down. But Isaac was ‘doomed’ to wait patiently for the promised inheritance-the city with foundation, whose builder and maker is God.
In fact, after almost 20 years of marriage, Isaac had no issue. No son to hand over even the promised inheritance to. This became a disturbance to his heart in some ways.
After his mother’s death, his own father, Abraham went ahead to marry again and even gave birth to some more sons and daughters. Yet the man Isaac had no single issue. Getting his wife to be pregnant was an issue for him.
How do you feel when your father is moving on and getting more and more successful, yet, you, the son, appears to be struggling to even make ends meet? If you a wondering, ask those ‘struggling’ brethren who have very successful spiritual fathers who get almost everything they ask God for, while these brethren continue to struggle. It is not a very easy place to be.
So, what did Isaac do?
And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. (Gen 25:21 KJV)
This is the story of the beginning of father Jacob. Isaac prayed to God for his wife, and the Lord heard him and opened the woman’s womb.
Oh, how I wish that we would have more men who entreat God for their wives!
These days, we would have brothers who will complain, murmur and even insult or beat their wives. But we rarely have brothers who see it as their duty to lift up a prayer for the women in their lives.
We fail to realize, howver, that there is power made available when men pray. I mean males- fathers, brothers and husbands.
Women can pray, and we thank God for praying women. But Paul in his letter to Timothy expressed his desire to see “the men” pray, lifting up holy hands without fear or wrath. 1 Timothy 2 vs. 8.
AND SO? Has God given you a promise? Has God given your ‘man’ a promise? I assure you that God’s promise is so valuable that you can take it to the bank. You can stake your future on the promised inheritance. God will not fail, as we shall come to see from the life of Jacob.
Also, we pray that God will cause our brothers, husbands and fathers to rise up and pray. For Heaven waits for this great men, men of honour and authority, to pray.
We bind every spirit of carnality and unbelief that has seized the hearts of our husbands and had shut their mouths.
We bind every habit of sin and carelessness that has incapacitated our fathers in the prayer place.
We pray that God will cause every brother, husband and father to rise up and pray for the women in their lives; for so much will happen when they pray.