“And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.” (Genesis 28:22).
A general prayer is there and there is a prayer of vow too. When a prayer of vow is made, God too becomes a member of the pact in that vow. He too has a part in your elevation. God is not expecting that the prayer should always be made with a vow. At the same time, God will not ignore your prayer of vow.
God listened to the prayer of vow made by Jacob and Jacob praised God with gratitude for that. “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which you have shown your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff and now I have become two companies” (Genesis 32:10).
“Two companies,” he says. They were filled with numerous goat, male goat, sheep, camels, cows, bulls and mules. When you pray with a vow God will definitely bless you.
A doctor known to me ran a small hospital in a city after completing his education. In that city, many specialists were there and some of them were known for their auspiciousness. Some experienced doctors were also there. So this young doctor made a prayer with a vow. He prayed “God, if you exalt me in this place, I will give you the tithe in whatever I get here from you every day.” What a surprise! All the famous doctors of the city suddenly fell ill and they had to fly to different nations for their treatment. That young doctor became very famous and he received name and fame.
God had kept the vow made by Jacob in his thought. Nearly after twenty-one years, He remembered it. “I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now arise, get out of this land and return to the land of your family” (Genesis 31:13). Never forget the vow you have made. Did Hannah not kept her vow and lend her child Samuel to serve the Lord in His house?
When you make a vow, you should be sincere to fulfil it. Bible says “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed— better not to vow than to vow and not pay” (Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5). Dear children of God, make a vow today when you pray. Let your children be blessed through that.
To meditate: “Offer to God thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Psalm 50:14, 15).