Let Us Pray: God Sees

Read:  Genesis 16

The drama of this chapter is both strange and understandable.  The story starts out good enough as Sarai gives Hagar to Abram so that he may have a son to carry on the Covenant line.  But when it happens, Sarai feels great pain in discovering Hagar has become pregnant after more than ten years of trying to become pregnant herself.  “Bad blood” arises in the relationship between these two women, and Sarai literally throws Hagar out of the house.

Apparently, Hagar wanders in the wilderness for a while.  But God finds her at a well and gives her a great blessing.  In her response to God, she is the first person to name God.  She calls God Elroi, which means “the God who sees.”

Through prayer Hagar realized that “God sees” us in our afflictions.  There is no wilderness where God will not find us, come to us, and minister to us.  We are never alone.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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