Week of July 14 - Day 1

Our Devos format will change for the summer. As we study prayer, you will be encouraged to read and pray daily. You are also encouraged to take notes of thoughts God brings to mind as you pray, or to write out prayers to Him.

Day 1 Read: Genesis 18:22-33

So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” 26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

27 Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29 Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31 He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.

Reflect: What strikes you most about Abraham’s appeal to God to spare the city? What do you learn about Abraham as a follower of God, but also a citizen of this earth? Do you tend to be concerned or ambivalent toward the moral compass of the culture around you? Does your heart break over sin?

Pray: Pray for our city. Pray for our first responders. Pray for city officials, school administrators, and teachers. Pray for the leadership at Texas A&M. Look at a map of where you live. Determine how far a one mile radius would reach and pray for business owners and residents. Pray that hearts would turn to God.