Today, I read Genesis 18:20-32 as part of my personal devotions. A couple of things really hit me about that passage that I want to share with you.
Right now, the world is full of bad news. Adoption laws appear to be going sideways, terrorists are being truly evil, war is breaking out, innocent people are dying in civilian airplanes, people are committing suicide, political bickering seems to take the place of actually trying to solve problems. It’s not good and doesn’t appear to be heading in the right direction. Oh and did I mention the Ebola virus in Africa, the ChikV Virus in Haiti and other illnesses?
In this Bible passage, Abraham is facing a similar challenge. Sodom and Gomorrah are truly full of bad news, evil and horrible places. But what does Abraham do?
He boldly goes to our Heavenly Father and begs for mercy on behalf of the people in those towns. Now he has the privilege of doing it while standing in front of God while walking down the road, but what he’s doing is prayer just like we should be.
And God answers his prayer. He gets the innocent people out of Sodom and Gomorrah before destroying the cities.
This raises a couple of questions in my head…….
- Are we bold enough when we pray to our Heavenly Father about places like Iraq, Israel, the Ukraine, the Texas/Mexico border?
- Are we passionate enough when we pray for healing for those battling emotional and mental illnesses? And when we pray that people will be more open to talking about those illnesses?
God knows our hearts – but He wants to hear us be passionate about it and He wants to hear that we really care.
Prayer changes things – even when you don’t feel like you can do anything, prayer changes things.