HE HEARS OUR PRAYERS
And have mercy on those who doubt… Jude 22
Lot didn’t deserve to be rescued, but then again, neither do we. It was a kindness, a mercy to Abraham, whom God called friend.
God also calls us to intercede for our family, friends, and even our enemies. I personally believe that He may answer our prayers because of His love for us. God loved Abraham so much that the pre-Incarnate Jesus, along with angelic company, physically went into Sodom and Gomorrah to rescue Lot and his family from the coming fire. The end of the New Testament book of Jude commands us to reach out “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” Lot doubted and was not quick to obey Jesus’ command to leave the doomed cities. But our gracious God remembered Abraham and blessed Lot and his family with safe passage.
Jesus delivers us in the same way. He knows we distrust and doubt. He hears the unbelieving words of our loved ones. You know what I mean ~ the words that play over and over in our memory at night. These are the words that break our hearts and make our pillows wet with our tears. Jude provides us hope and ends with, “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.” It’s His delight to save our loved ones and us. He grants us the privilege of sharing in the process.
Jesus, we are broken before You offering up our doubting and unbelieving loved ones. They know not what they do. You call me friend, so come to my rescue. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
Originally published Tuesday, 31 July 2018.