“Then God remembered Rachel and answered her pleading and made it possible for her to have children.” Genesis 30:22 Amplified
Our woman of the Bible today is Rachel. Yesterday we saw that Jacob loved her so much he cried, but was tricked into marrying her sister Leah. The Word says that the Lord saw that Leah was despised and He made her able to bear children, but Rachel was barren. A total of 10 children were born to Leah, her handmaid, Zilpah, and Rachel’s handmaid, Bilhah. These children would form ten of the 12 tribes of Israel. Our verse today says that after all these children were born God remembered Rachel and she became pregnant.
Just this past Sunday we read in our morning Bible study that God wants us to persevere in prayer. Examples were given from Luke 11:8 and Luke 18:7 of Jesus telling his disciples, us, that we must be persistent in prayer. Today’s verse is another example of that urging by the Lord. Why does He want us to persist and persevere and keep asking? Why can’t He just answer us at the first request? In Luke 11:11-13 Jesus says, “What father, or mother, among you if his son asks for a loaf of bread will give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish you give him a serpent? If you then, evil (sinful), as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!”
Let us continue making our requests known to God with our pleading as we will receive that much more by doing so, and that He will bring it to pass at the right time.