Abraham must have prayed differently once God had told him he would be a father of many nations, he may have previously prayed about not being a dad, I think he would have. But once he had this promise, he would have had a more God focused mindset, at least most of the time.
I daresay he might have struggled as it took so very long for the promises to come about, and sometimes he got in a mess with trying to sort out what God had meant him to do about it, but he believed God and God loved that about him.
‘The word of the LORD came to him: ‘This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.’ And he brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.’ Genesis 15:4-6.
Is it surprising that God loves it when we believe what he has said to us?
It is something he has told us pleases him, and I know you want to please him, same as I do. We are told ‘Find out what pleases the Lord’, Ephesians 5:10.
In these next verses we are given a big clue about one thing which gives him a lot of pleasure.
‘Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead, since he was about a hundred years old, and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Rom 4:19-22
‘And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend.’ James 2:23.
God loves it when we believe what he has said to us, Abraham got hold of this and he was called God’s friend. Superb.
What has he said to you?
Do you believe him?
Will this change how you pray today?