Posted by: everynation | September 7, 2009

Prayer and Laughter

joey.jpgby Joey Bonifacio

There is an interesting story in the book of Genesis about laughter, mentioned 4 times in 4 verses the scriptures draws our attention to this often overlooked expression of joy, particularly among the praying kind.

So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”  Genesis 18:12-15

In a nutshell, Sarah did not believe God and laughed at the prospect of God’s promise.  God responded by asking her why she laughed.  He was pointing out to Abraham and Sarah the truth behind her laughter.   But that’s not the end of the story:

Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.   Genesis 21:1-2

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”  Genesis 21:6

Sarah’s original laughter was borne out of an unbelieving heart.  Her unbelief caused her to laugh in jest at God’s promise.  Reality however was God wanted Sarah to laugh, not in ridicule or insecurity but to enjoy the fulfillment of His promise to her and Abraham.

When was the last time you laughed with God?  Sarah’s laughter came as she received God’s promise to her.  Today choose to hunger and thirst for God’s presence.  Take whatever situation you have, present  it to God in faith and watch Him make you laugh.

Blessed are you who hunger now,for you will be satisfied.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.  Luke 6:21

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