The Sabbath may be one of the most misunderstood gifts of God. He has made it available as a gift to be opened and enjoyed. It is a special place in time–a sanctuary where time can be spent with him, delighting in his pleasure.
“… and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.” Genesis 24:48
What an incredible recounting of the miraculous working of the LORD. All through the Bible, we see again and again how God is working His plan for His purpose. This servant is shown the mighty power of God. I wonder what he thought as he traveled. Abraham had been very clear in his instructions. Was the servant fearful of coming back without a wife? He had great riches with him. Was he concerned about getting it there? All the while he traveled, was he praying? Then he arrives and God is so gracious to answer the prayer even before it was finished. I don’t want to miss the fact that the prayer was offered in and came from the servant’s heart (24:45). God is ready to answer my prayers—even before I finish them. Am I careful to bow down and worship Him when He shows His miraculous hand?
Dear Lord, help me learn from the response of the servant. Help my heart to be a heart of prayer. Help me not try to solve my own problems and find my own solutions, but rather, to pray to You and wait for You to show Your mighty hand. Then, Lord, call me to fall down and worship You and to praise Your name. Amen.
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.