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40 Prayers for 40 Days Day 24

Tuesday—Week 5

Genesis 18:22-23

Abraham Intercedes

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?”

What is meant when Scripture tells us to make intercession for someone? One person wrote: “Intercession is prayer that pleads with God for your needs and the needs of others. But it is also much more than that. Intercession involves taking hold of God’s will and refusing to let go until His will comes to pass.” (CBN.com)

We have seen that Jesus intercedes for us, on our behalf. He comes before the Father, pleading our cause. Can you hear him? “Lord, consider my child, Bob, forgive his weakness and sin. Cleanse his heart and make him new.” Realize he is right now interceding for you!

We are invited to intercede for others. To seek God’s will and purpose to be done in and through them. We should be interceding for our family and friends. We should be making intercession for our pastors and the people who are the Church we attend. We are commanded in Scripture to make intercession for those who lead us: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

We are even to intercede for sinful men and women, that they might be saved. Abraham intercedes for Sodom. We read just the first few words. Abraham pleads for the city to be saved, for the sake of just a few righteous. Are we ready to pray for the ungodly to be saved?

 

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