“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? Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there? …He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” (Genesis 18:22, 23, 27, 32 NIV)

Abraham, who is called “The father of the faithful” and “The friend of God”(3x’s), positioned himself before the LORD to intercede. God knew he would intercede regarding Sodom’s imminent judgment. After all Lot, his nephew, along with his family was living in Sodom! Furthermore, as a friend of God Abraham is given an inside track on what God’s intentions are regarding this defiant city. The angelic visitation he had received was for more than a social visit. They were sent on assignment. Heaven’s interest in the earth required their visit. They were sent from God to see firsthand if things were as bad as reported. Had people become so spiritually indifferent that they forsook the ways of God and replaced His internal image written upon their conscience? Had they really turned from what they knew in their heart & mind and chose rather to pledge their allegiance to the creation rather than the Creator?   Apparently it was true.  When that happened (the rejecting of God-Factor), they apparently thought they could write the script for their lives and future any way they pleased. But there was one problem. When they sought to forsake God they were not aware, by their choice…they were forsaken by Him (Romans 1:18-26).

Abraham as God’s friend understood that by the consequences of the people of Sodom’s own choices and behavior they were under God’s judgment. But he also understood what was deep in the heart of God. He knew that even in times of great darkness, God never leaves Himself without a witness and a prayer warrior! When the angels had left heading toward Sodom, he remained in God’s presence. He humbly but with the confidence and persistency of a true friend petitioned the LORD God not to carry out this final solution to mankind’s rebellion.

As the story continues, Abraham is allowed to argue his case before the highest court in the universe! In the presence of God he gained the assurance that the city of Sodom would be spared for the sake of a handful of the righteous. God promised to show His mercy “if only ten righteous could be found”.

The persistency of Abraham, our father of faith, shows us that the LORD God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. The apostle Peter, who had seen, walked and talked with his Lord, Yeshua, wrote, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8, 9 NKJV)


Abraham prevailed through his persistency in prayer. How much more should we who have tasted of the goodness and grace of God? We must have compassion on those who “do not know their right hand from their left”. But we are not to leave them in their bondage. Jude admonishes us to prove our true neighborliness. He wrote, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh”(Jude 1:20-23 NKJV).

Let us prove, like Abraham, who although a pilgrim and stranger in the land, that through persistent prayer he was a true neighbor.

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