Interceding

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Scripture reading:   Genesis 17-18 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+17-18&version=NIV

The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. Then Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?”          Genesis 18:22

I have tried repeatedly to imagine this scene. The LORD (a pre-incarnate visit from Jesus) is engaged with Abraham in a special way. Abraham has just finished serving the LORD—literally! He has served Him a meal and had a time of sweet fellowship with Him and now, they enter into a face-to face conversation. It is a discussion that allows Abraham to know God even more. Abraham is talking to God in the interest of others. This is intercessory prayer. It is mediating for others. It is an example for me. Abraham could have been ambivalent toward a city that had become defiled beyond hope. He could have stood in judgment and told God that it was about time the city was destroyed, but instead, he interceded. He was not asking God to change His mind; rather, he was asking God to act according to His changeless nature. God assured him that He was. I want to be an intercessor. I long to pray for those who seem most lost—even those with whom I may be at odds. As I understand that God must judge the wicked, I need to plead for them. I also need to pray for the righteous. I long to be in intimate conversation with my LORD, asking Him to have my heart align with His.

Lord, help me become an intercessor. Help me search Your heart and have my heart align fully with Yours. Please help me plead for others. Amen.

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