Read Genesis 19:16-33.
Abraham has an encounter with God who has had the wickedness of a city come up before Him. God makes Abraham aware of His intentions. Does this seem odd? Why would God let Abraham know? Because God wants Abraham to intercede. When God makes us aware of a need it’s not that we can always meet the need ourselves but we can pray for the need; we can pray that God will have mercy and that hearts and lives will be changed.
Abraham goes to God repeatedly and asks God to not destroy the city if there are righteous people found there. At the end of the praying, God agrees that if 10 righteous are found, the city will remain. Abraham has done what God wanted: interceded and prayed.
God makes us aware so that we will know His heart. God’s heart was to NOT destroy. God wanted the city to be saved. Abraham’s intercession confirms that. Intercessory prayer is not us changing God’s mind but rather agreeing with God about His will being done in a particular situation. God didn’t want to destroy the city and Abraham’s intercession makes us aware of that. When we intercede we are actually praying and pleading God’s greatest desires He places within through Holy Spirit.
What has God made you aware of that you can intercede for another today?
How does God making you aware of these things make you feel? Do you feel compelled to pray and intercede?
What needs have you been trying to meet that you cannot meet but only intercede?
How has prayer changed your life and the lives of those around you?
Consider this verse today:
“who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
Romans 8:34 NASB