SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Scripture: Genesis 19:20-25
God is our Savior, but He is often a Savior through judgment. We do righteousness so we can pray the judgment that saves. Genesis 19:20-25 says, “’See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.’ And he said to him, ‘See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.’ Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.” What is amazing is to look at the power of Abraham’s judicial prayer based on what the angel says. Verse 22 makes it clear how much weight Abraham carried with God, “’Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.’ Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.” The angel could do nothing to destroy until the family that Abraham prayed for were set outside of the danger zone. Judicial prayer released angels to pick them up and set them outside of the danger zone. And no judgment could fall until they were safe. That is salvation at its highest form. That is salvation instituted by the intercession of another. You and I are those agents of intercession and deliverance. That is the power of the covenant that we have. God invites us to pray judgment in order to save our family members. Surely we can pray judgment that will save our children and grandchildren from the bondage of sexual sin or from other sins that have grievous consequences. God invites us to enter this realm and it is time that we went after it.