“And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place” (Genesis 18:33).
Genesis 18 records the account of the LORD informing Abraham that he has heard of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. In this chapter the LORD says he knows Abraham (vs 19). The Lord often sends prayer nudges to those that “he knows” will take heed to the “call to pray” and will intercede for the need presented to them. The Lord knew Abraham would intercede. Abraham was concerned that the righteous would be destroyed with the wicked. His burden to intercede was intense. Abraham spent a great deal of time interceding, until apparently, he felt that he had presented a prayer that would cover the need presented to him.
It appears Abraham pressed on in prayer until the burden lifted. He prayed until the LORD went his way: “The LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham:”. Then, once Abraham discerned that the Lord had left, “he (Abraham) returned unto his place.”
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. (II Peter 3:9).
- For a desire to know Him, and to be known of Him; that we will know and hear His voice. (Gen 18:19; John 10:14, 27; Phil 3:10)
- For obedience to stand in the gap interceding for those in need. (Ezek 22:30; Isa 6:8; Eph 6:18)
- For a willingness to pray until the burden lifts. (Gen 18:23-33; James 5:17-18)
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