Abraham's Intercession

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 18:20-33

Far be it from you to do such a thing . . . Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? (v. 25, niv)

To most of us, intercessory prayer is not a new thing. But it was to Abraham. He was finally starting to “get it.” The God who had chosen to reveal himself to him was also willing to listen to his requests. This God was good and kind and compassionate. He had been extremely patient with Abraham thus far. So why not see if God would listen to his prayer seeking mercy for the inhabitants of Sodom.

The result was just as Abraham had hoped. Our God is indeed “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8).

Obviously, one of the reasons Abraham kept asking God to spare Sodom was that his nephew Lot lived there. He did not want Lot and his family to die. Abraham also knew Sodom was a wicked place that deserved God’s judgment. However, he was starting to realize that one of the ways God would use him to be a blessing to this sinful world was by interceding for it. Years later Jesus made the same point when he challenged his followers to be salt and light in this world. As a spiritual descendent of Abraham, whom can you “bless” and intercede for today?

PRAYER

Make me a blessing to someone today. Out of my life, may Jesus shine!