Prayer Focus: The World

Bible Reading: Genesis 17-19

Scripture

Then Abraham approached [the Lord] 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?  Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:23-25)

Observation

This isn’t the first time Abraham was looking out for his nephew, Lot.  Back in chapter 13 when Abraham was beginning to prosper and quarrels were starting between his herdsman and Lot’s, Abraham offered to go separate ways to keep the peace.  In that instance he was looking to keep the peace in the family.  In this instance he was looking to save Lot’s life.  In chapter 13 Lot took the better portion of land proving his selfishness.  In chapter 18 Lot has been living in a society evil enough that God had decided to destroy it.  In chapter 19 Lot gets so drunk he unknowingly commits incest twice.  Lot is someone you might not waste your time with, or get fed up with, or simply write off as lost, but not Abraham.  Abraham didn’t give up on him.

Application

There are people in our lives who let us down repeatedly.  Who push us to the limits of our patience.  Who even drive us crazy with their self-destructive behavior.  Don’t give up on them.

Prayer

LORD, whenever I’m tempted to write someone off because I think they’ve let ME down remind me that You never stop pursuing us, even though we’ve all let you down.  Amen.

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