We ask God for things we want and need. Sometimes they are material goods, or a job, direction, blessings, spouses, children, etc.
Sometimes we don’t know what to ask for but we cry out anyway.
Sometimes we don’t get what we ask for. Sometimes we do. Both can have a positive and negative impact. Sometimes we get what we want and end in despair anyway.
Rachel cried and fasted to have sons for Isaac. She only had two but she bore Joseph (who rescued the tribes into Egypt) and Benjamin who was a righteous man that stayed by his father (who was now over 100 years old).
Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin and cried out in despair. Before dying, she named her son Ben-Oni – son of my trouble or pain. Even though Isaac lost his wife in the birth, he changed his son’s name to Benjamin – son of my right hand (which he became).
We ask. We wait. We receive. How we receive and move forward is a matter of perspective. Do we see trouble and pain or blessing? Regardless of God’s answer to our prayers, we need to look at the blessing that will grow from His answer.
Genesis 35:11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty[f]; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from himat the place where he had talked with him.
14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.[g]
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” 18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni.[h] But his father named him Benjamin.[i]
19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.