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Jan 29

Have you ever prayed for someone you did not trust? …. Like Abraham did

During one of our recent Sunday services our pastor and a missionary talked about God’s visit to Abraham recorded in Genesis 18. Their talk caused me to think about the relationship between passages that I have blogged about in the past.

God’s visit to Abraham

Abraham practiced hospitality toward three visitors and at some point recognized that he was serving God and two of his angelic servants.

Abraham was a friend of God

God had chosen Abraham to be a source of blessing for all nations. Abraham obeyed God. Abraham was called a friend of God and he treated Abraham like a friend. Abraham went with the men as they left and God decided to tell him about his plans. (2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:22)

Jesus’ followers are his friends

The language is very similar to Jesus’ words to his disciples in the upper room the night before he died. Jesus told his disciples that they were his friends if they did what he commanded. They were no longer mere servants because he would tell them what he was going to do. (John 15:12-17)

Abraham tried to be a blessing to the people of Sodom

What did Abraham do when God’s told him about his plans for Sodom?

He prayed that the city would be spared for the sake of the righteous people in it. He did not pray that God would take the righteous people out and destroy those that were left in the city.

He knew that the King of Sodom was corrupt and would not accept any payment from him when he rescued his people.

However, he was to be a blessing to all the nations of the world and here he grasped his role.

He was not a blessing to the Egyptians earlier but brought them close to cursing.

In the end, the city was destroyed and Lot and his daughters were rescued but Abraham prayed for the entire city.

Jesus has told us about his plans

Similar to God’s treatment of Abraham, Jesus told his disciples, and us with them, about his plans.

He told us that he was going away and would return for us.

He told us to be fruitful while he was away.

He told us that we would not fit in in the world.

His final words before he ascended were that, after receiving the Holy Spirit, his followers would be his witnesses throughout the world. (Acts 1:6-11)

When have you prayed for those you do not trust?

What are you doing to be part of God’s plans?

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