"Then Abraham approached him and said: 'Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?'"
God gave Abraham great wisdom to be able to come before Him in intercession for the people who had rebelled against the Lord and His Word. God decided to let Abraham know about the judgment that was about to come over the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He showed Abraham that the wickedness of the inhabitants was leading them towards a terrible destruction. Abraham wanted to protect his nephew, Lot, who dwelt in the midst of them. So, he interceded for fifty righteous people by asking the Lord to have mercy on them. The Lord said that if there were fifty righteous people He would not destroy the city. Abraham took advantage of the opportunity to reduce the number to ten. The Lord told him that even if there were ten righteous people He wouldn’t destroy the city. It is believed that the population of Sodom in that time was about ten thousand inhabitants. If so, God asked that one out of a thousand inhabitants would be righteous in order to give them protection. The intercessor has the ability to come before God on behalf of those in the minority, and to try to stop judgment coming upon them.
Lot could have easily formed a team of ten intercessors, or ten righteous people. He, his wife and his two daughters could have been the first four of the group. With his two son-in-law’s they would have been six, and with their parents they would be ten. However, since Lot didn’t take responsibility for this, he couldn’t even win one of the inhabitants. As a consequence, the inhabitants became a negative influence on him and on his whole family. Lot’s wife was bound to Sodom. Lot’s daughters couldn’t take their husbands with them, because they ran after the spirit of Sodom and were destroyed. The only one who could be saved was Lot, and we all know that happened because of Abraham’s intercession.
We need to understand that not even a single spiritual awakening has happened without the Church of Jesus Christ creating the correct environment through intercession. Let’s get our hearts ready for the Holy Spirit to lead us in the way of truth.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
“Through this book, the Bible, I came to realize that God can love a sinner like me.” Those were the words said by one of Hitler’s main Generals to Chaplain Henry Gerecke who became his spiritual mentor while this General was in prison waiting for his judgment. Although at the beginning the Chaplain was quite skeptical of the General because he thought he was a sham. However, as time passed, Henry Gerecke realized this man’s conversion to Christianity was genuine. The General even told this preacher from Missouri that he was so grateful to the USA, because even though he would probably be condemned to death, they were concerned about his spiritual welfare so they provided a spiritual leader.
"I have the power to change the destiny of my generation and move God's hadn't through prayer."
Today's post is an excerpt from Pastor Cesar Castellanos' book, Declarations of Power for 365 Days of the Year: Volume Three.
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: Isaiah 40-41; Proverbs 25:15-28
- New Testament: Luke 23:13-25; Hebrews 9:1-10