Meditate on Genesis 18:27 “Then Abraham spoke up again: ‘Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, …”
In Genesis 18 Abraham and Sarah have visitors. Three angels of the Lord appeared before Abraham bringing him the message of what was to come for Sodom and Gomorrah.
We see a very personal dialogue back and forth between Abraham and God. Abraham pleads God’s character back to him and intercedes for his neighbors in Sodom and Gomorrah. From this conversation, we take away two important points.
First, it pays to know the character of God intimately. Abraham knew God so personally that they were close enough to laugh with each other, and Abraham was bold enough to bring His numerous requests before God. When Sarah laughed at God’s promise in chapter 18 she insulted God and was reprimanded. However, we see that Abraham’s laughter comes from a place of awe for what he knew God would surely do. He and God had walked faithfully together and Abraham, therefore, was able to confidently and boldly make requests of God to save Sodom and Gomorrah.
Lastly, we see that Abraham has transformed from self-focused to others-focused on his faith journey with the Lord. At the beginning of Abraham’s account, we see him stray and struggle with trusting God to provide for his needs. Now we see him boldly interceding on the behalf of others.
God calls us to walk a life of faith with Him not only for our own good and blessing, but also that we may intercede boldly for others who desperately need His salvation. Walk closely and personally with God and boldly bring Him your requests to save others.
Prayer: God thank you for Jesus. Thank you that because of Him we can come boldly to your throne on our own behalf and the behalf of others. God help me to walk faithfully with you like Abraham until I’m no longer only concerned with my blessings, but that I care enough to intercede on the behalf of those hurting in sin around me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Application: Who around you is in danger of being destroyed by their sin?
Pray boldly for them today.
Memorize Hebrews 4:16 ” So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”