As we approach 2015 in just 40 days we begin our journey of prayer by praying for the lost world around us. There is nothing that captures the heart of God more than redeeming a lost person, drawing them into eternal life. Sin stands in the way, God stands ready to forgive.
In Genesis 18:16-33 Moses and God have a conversation that reveals both the holiness and compassion of God. As God prepares to destroy Sodom for their sin, Abraham intercedes for the righteous souls residing there.
Abraham stepped forward and said, “Will You really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? Will You really sweep it away instead of sparing the place for the sake of the 50 righteous people who are in it? You could not possibly do such a thing: to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. You could not possibly do that! Won’t the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”
Emboldened by the Lord’s compassion, Abraham kept asking, lowering the number with each request. Eventually he got to ten … if there are ten righteous people in Sodom would God spare Sodom? In saving Sodom from destruction, the righteous escape God’s righteous judgment and the lost gain more time to turn to God.
God help us to have the spirit of Abraham, who loved the souls of the people around him! Those who are made righteous by the blood of Jesus should consider each day a time of reprieve from the wrath of God for our world.
Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons; but they are helpless against our prayers. –J. Sidlow Baxter
We pray for our lost world as we enter 2015. Will we use our day … and our prayers … to bring the lost closer to Him?