Genesis 18

Scripture

Genesis 18:25 NLT

“Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”

 

Observation-What does it say?

The Lord appeared to Abraham one day, and Abraham served Him, and even broke bread with Him. As God was about to leave Abraham’s place, and head towards the city of Sodom, God lets Abraham in on His plans for the city. The sins of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah were so flagrant, God was going to destroy the city for their vile behavior. This is when Abraham intercedes on behalf of Sodom. Abraham knew God to be a righteous God. Abraham steps in and asks God if He would spare the city if He were able to find 50 righteous people in it. To which God agreed He would. Then this banter between God and Abraham continues in which Abraham “negotiates” the number of righteous people down from 50 to 10. In which God still agrees to spare the city if He can find just 10 righteous people within it. Now who knows if Abraham is trying to plead with God because he still knows that Lot and his family are still living there. But according to the deal Abraham “negotiated” with God, Lot and his family should have died because not even 10 righteous people could be found-(Genesis 19). But God still showed mercy on Lot because of Abraham’s intercession as we will read in the next chapter.

 

Understanding-What does it mean?

God hears the prayers of His people when they passionately and persistently seek Him.

 

Abraham was a man of God. He found favor in God’s eyes. Abraham earnestly sought out after God, and God answered His requests. (As we read in this chapter).

 

David was a man after God’s own heart. He too found favor in God’s eyes. David also passionately called out to God, and God too would answer his requests. (As seen in part of today’s bible reading in Psalm 18).

 

“I called to the Lord for help, and he saved me from my enemies!” Psalms 18:3a

 

“In my trouble I called to the Lord. Yes, I cried out to my God for help. There in his temple he heard my voice. He heard my cry for help.” Psalms 18:6 

 

“He was pleased with me, so he rescued me. He took me to a safe place. The Lord rewarded me for doing what is right. He was good to me because I am innocent.” Psalms 18:19-20

 

“I always remembered his laws.” Psalms 18:22a

 

“So the Lord rewarded me for doing what is right.”-Psalms 18:24a

 

“Lord, you are faithful to those who are faithful. You are good to those who are good.”-Psalms 18:25

 

The bottom line is that God hears and answers the prayers of his people who seek and obey Him.

 

And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.”-1 John 3:22 

 

Life Application

What incredible things would happen if the Lord heard a steady stream of prayers from His people everywhere?

We all know we serve a God where ALL things are possible with Him! We also know how far away our world has drifted away from God’s ways. So why not stand united as God’s people to intercede and pray for our nation? Our leaders? Our church? Our family? Let’s see what God can do for His people, (the way He did for Abraham and David), when we earnestly seek Him and obey His ways. 😊
 

-Moses Gaddi