26 Apr Praying For Divine Donor Appointments
“Then he prayed, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master’” (Genesis 24:12-14).
How do you sort through thousands of donors on your mailing list to find the few who could help you significantly? An asset screening tool like Wealth Engine compares your database with public sources of information to identify hidden donors on your list who have capacity to give. It’s a helpful tool, yet some major donors can effectively conceal their wealth from public view. Encouraging your board members to network with contacts is also an effective way to identify new prospects, but some board members are not well-connected.
Abraham’s servant faced a challenging assignment to find a bride for Isaac. His instructions were clear—don’t look among the Canaanites, but only among Abraham’s relatives. So, he traveled to Abraham’s native land and stopped at the well outside of Nahor. Many daughters of the townspeople were coming to draw water, but how could he identify the right one? He prayed three requests: (1) for success, not for his own glory, but to serve Abraham well, (2) for God to schedule a divine appointment , and that (3) this young woman would go above and beyond to fulfill his request.
The servant did his part by showing up at the right place at the right time but knew he would only be successful with God’s intervention. As you review your donor list, pause and ask God for success, a sign, and a generous response. Then go to the well, ask, and listen for opportunities.