Devotional: ‘Wanted: People Who Have a Burden for Someone’s Soul’

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Wanted: People who have a burden for someone’s soul. Requirements are a willingness to pray and share the gospel. Sincere love combined with a clear understanding of what the Bible says about sin and a coming day of judgment will be needed for long-term motivation. Immediate rewards will be the joy of seeing someone accept Christ with long-term benefits reaching far into eternity. Hours of work are: 24/7 with no holidays or vacations. All serious applicants can start immediately! Call: 1-PLEASELORD

So, are you applying for the job? Today we see that Abraham did.

Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way. The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham. Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked? Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?” And the Lord replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”

Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes.  Suppose there are only forty-five …? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And the Lord said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five righteous people there.” “Suppose there are only forty?” “Suppose only thirty righteous people are found?” “Suppose there are only twenty?” “Suppose only ten are found there?”

And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” When the Lord had finished his conversation with Abraham, he went on his way, and Abraham returned to his tent.  (Genesis 18:16, 22-33)

Abraham was what we might call an ‘intercessor.’ A biblical intercessor is someone who prays on the behalf of others.  They lift people up in prayer before God and makes requests on their behalf. They may intercede for something like health, finances or even a personal problem. Abraham interceded for the safety of a city.

I am sure that Abraham’s real motive for interceding was the safety and salvation of Lot. The Bible doesn’t tell us if there had been any communication between the two of them since the day they separated and Lot pitched his tent near Sodom. Abraham’s plea for ten righteous souls indicates that he had some hope that Lot and his family had not been caught up in the wicked lifestyle of the people. The fact that there were not ten righteous people in Sodom indicates that they had.

Consider the aspects of Abraham’s intercession.

1) It was personal in that Abraham had a personal investment in what was about to happen.

2) It was passionate in that Abraham pleaded with the Lord to spare the city.

3) It was persistent in that he kept on interceding, taking it as far as he felt the Lord would allow him.

4) And it was powerful in that God listened to Abraham’s pleading and was willing to spare the city, even if there were only a handful of righteous souls there.

I am sure that many of you have been an intercessor for someone else’s needs and especially their salvation. I hope that today’s study has encouraged you to keep praying and not give up.

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