Friday, April 12, 2013

Returning to Our Place

“And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry.”
Genesis 18:30a

“And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord.”
Genesis 18:31a

“And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet this once.
Genesis 18:32a

These three passages show Abraham’s shame in his persistence before God, but not his shyness or indifference before God’s throne. What a picture of intercession. I know God wants His people to be humble before Him in prayer—there is just no room for pride before His throne—and yet there is also no room for indifference and inaction.

I believe I have held a lie in my heart about how to squelch my pride before God and that has been inaction on my part. I thought to myself, if I don’t embark on those areas of my life that puff me up, then somehow I am more spiritual. I don’t believe this anymore. Something has changed in my heart since I yielded my writing to Him a little while back. That’s not to say I am free from my pride when writing, but that I am willing to let God use my writing while He works with me on my pride.

So how does this tie into this reading on prayer? Abraham’s prayer was filled with humility and action. He feared the LORD in the correct way by honoring His divine character but not in the fleshly way that leads to inaction (or indifference) on our parts.

The result was a sweet communion with God and a conscious remembrance and knowledge of his place before Him.


“And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: And Abraham returned unto his place.”—Genesis 18:33

Rupea, Romania. (2005)

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