And Abraham drew near, and said, “Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” (KJV)
Life in Sodom had become so corrupt that God was intent upon destroying the entire city. Abraham went to God and began to plead on its behalf. We pray for ourselves and we pray for families and friends, but when was the last time you prayed for your city, your state, or your country? Do you pray for your company and the school your children attend?
Not only is it not enough for Christians to wring their hands over the world’s woes, it is a waste of a powerful weapon. We have the privilege of going to our Father in heaven at any time of the day or night, and Jesus encourages us that whatever we ask for in His name will be done (see John 14:13-14 and John 15:16).
What major problems of the day are you aware of, problems far outside your scope to address? Are you bothered by the slaughter of abortion, a burgeoning porn industry, and anti-Christian sentiment? Are you pained by the violence in foreign countries and our inner cities? Jesus has invited each of us to do what Abraham did. We can intercede in all these matters, confident that our Father will hear us.
Father, I come before You now with a heavy heart, burdened by the sins of our day. As I lift these cares to You, inspire me with Your Holy Spirit to be Your hands and feet in the world. I know that You will act in these areas. Show me how I can help. In the name of Christ Jesus, my Lord, amen.
Copyright © 2011 by Steven R. Perkins