Abraham: What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you sweep it away…?
God: If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place.
Abraham: What if the number is less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?
God: If I find forty-five there, I will not destroy it!
Abraham: What if only forty are found there?
God: For the sake of forty, I will not do it.
Abraham: May the Lord not be angry but let me speak, what if only thirty can be found there?
God: I will not do it if I find thirty there.
Genesis 18: 23-33 NIV
Long story short, by the time Abraham turned to go home, he had humbly pleaded with God to spare the city if ten righteous people could be found. WOW! That’s some kind of relationship to be able to talk God down from FIFTY to TEN!! Abraham and God were so close that God revealed to Abraham his plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. “…then the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him…” (Genesis 18:17-19a NIV)
Abraham humbly stood before the Lord pleading for the people of Sodom, namely his nephew Lot and Lot’s family. Abraham was the only one standing in the gap between God and total destruction of the city. It is very interesting that Abraham would do this when he really did not have to. Abraham was chosen by God. He was blessed beyond belief, yet he did not just sit back, chill, and bask in the favor of God; Abraham decided to intercede for the people of Sodom.
LESSON 1: We NEVER get too good or too blessed to intercede for other people. Even when you reach your destiny, you are to intercede and stand in the gap for others.
Because of Abraham’s pleading, God sent angels to deliver the righteous of the city (Lot and his family). We find out in the next chapter Gen. 19, the very ones Abraham was pleading for did not appreciate and in some cases not even accept the deliverance Abraham prayed for.
LESSON 2: Your assignment is to pray, regardless of what the individual decides to do, you must still pray!
Some of you are in Abraham’s position. Your fasting, praying, and spiritual warfare is all that’s standing between someone and total destruction. Stay on assignment, you ARE the one!
Thank You for the awesome responsibility You have given me to intercede for Your children. I thank You for loving and cherishing me enough to listen to me when I talk to You. Lord, help me never to forget that You hear me and even when I don’t see the results that I expect to see in someone You have led me to intercede for, remind me that Your will is perfect and that You are sovereign. Lord, make me sensitive to the needs of Your people so that I may be effective and efficient in my assignment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to accept your role as “The ONE”! Our ultimate assignment is to be like Christ. One of Christ’s attributes is His permanent position next to the father INTERCEDING on our behalf. “…Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us…” (Romans 8:34 NIV) Do we always do what we’re supposed to do? NO, yet Jesus continues to intercede for our crazy selves. If Christ can do it for you, surely you can do it for someone else!! Let’s go sister; it’s time to get busy on your assignments because you ARE the one!
Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”