Gen. 25:20-21 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddam-aran and the sister of Laban. Isaac pleaded with the LORD to give Rebeckah a child because she was childless. So the LORD answered Isaac's prayer, and his wife became pregnant with twins.
What difference does prayer make? Have you ever asked yourself that question? There are things that we pray for that we never see come to pass. There are people and situations that never change. After awhile doubts begin to creep in. You wonder what is the use to pray since nothing seems to come of it.
Isaac prayed for Rebekah, his wife, to have a child. We don't know how long Isaac had been praying for her. We don't know if Rebekah herself had been praying for a child. All we are told is that God did indeed hear Isaac's prayer and allowed Rebekah to become pregnant. We do notice though that Isaac's prayer took on a sense of desperation. They wanted a child so badly; he pleaded with God.
Sometimes God doesn't seem to move when we pray because we aren't persistent enough. We don't get what we want when we want it so we give up on God and quit praying. Jesus told us when we pray to not give up, to keep on praying with faith believing. He told us when we pray persistently in the will of God that what we pray for will come to pass. We also need to pray with purpose. We need to want what we pray for from the depths of our souls. At times we need to plead with God.
God answered Isaac's prayer; He gave him what he prayed for. But notice, God not only allowed Rebekah to have a child, she became pregnant with twins! God gave much more than what was asked for! Trust the Lord when you pray and don't give up. Pray in the will of God until the Lord opens up heaven's doors and honors your prayers. God does indeed answer the prayers of His children when they pray.