Chapter 2 Abraham – The friend of God and the Intercessor
- 1. Abraham the friend of God (James 2:23, Isaiah 41:8, 2 Chron 20:7)
Abraham became a righteous person and the friend of God and maintained the friendship regularly. Everyone who is born again and saved by the grace of God is a friend of God. Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples “John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (KJV)” Now we have to maintain the friendship with God regularly.
Joseph Scriven, a young Christian was engaged to marry in 1855. Just a few days before the marriage his fiancée was drowned accidently. He and his mother were very much grieved. He wrote a poem and sent it to his mother to comfort her. It became one of the greatest songs and comforted millions of People.
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and grieves to bear
What a privilege to carry,
Everything to God in prayer.
O! What a peace we often forfeit
O! What needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
How wonderful to be known as a friend of God! Let the world know that we are friends if God. Above all let us know that God is our friend and we are friends of God. Let us tell to the world that we are friends of God. Let us carry all our sins and grief’s to him in prayer.
[Peter Paul says: As we all know who are friends, we share the secrets with our friends whom we do not share with our parents, and then Abraham definitely would ask God “God from where you came?” God answered Abraham from where He came from but this secret is between them.]
2. Abraham developed the habit of prayer or calling upon the name of the Lord. Gen 12:8.
Gen 12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD. (KJV)
Abraham came out of his country, his kinsfolk and his father’s house. He started his journey towards the land which God wants to show him.
Gen 12:1 ¶ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
But soon after he started his journey and when he pitched his tent, he made an altar unto the Lord and prayed unto Him and talked with Him. He asked Him to show the way and the provision. He was asking God for every step of hid way. God never said where he had to go. He had to ask God for the guidance for everyday’s journey. He had to ask God for everyday’s provision (daily bread). This is what he taught us also to pray. “Give us this day our daily bread.”
i) Abraham went astray from God to Egypt by disobedience. He had to come back to bethel to the house of Lord. When he came back to bethel, there were already problems. Immediately he went to God in prayer in Bethel. This is what is needed today. God’s people must return from Egypt and from the material things of the world and come to God with repentance.
ii) Materialism and the journey to Egypt brought separation between Abraham and Lot. After he lost his best companion and his nephew, he made an altar unto the Lord again and called upon the name of the Lord. Gen 13:8. When Abraham and Lot separated Abraham chose God as his best friend. As Abraham said Paul also said “everybody forsook me, but the Lord stood with me.” 2 Timothy 4:16, 17. He renewed his friendship with the Lord. Wherever erected a tent for himself there he made an altar for the Lord. What a wonderful testimony. Do we have altar for God in our house?
I still remember the family altar in my father’s house. Everyone in the family had to be there and we had no choice. It was a must. We continue that practice today between the 5 to 5:30 a.m., we have family prayer. Do you have a family altar to pray for the family?
3) Because Abraham learned to pray for Himself and his family, he found it easy to pray for others.
A prayer warrior is always an intercessor. Gen 18:22-23. Abraham, who knew God as his friend and who God as a prayer answering God, began to pray and intercede for the city of Sodom, for the people of Sodom, and for his nephew lot and his family.
i) When 3 men turned their face to Sodom to destroy the city Abraham stood before the Lord.
Gen18:22. This is what the Lord is still asking from his people today. Ezek 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. We miss Abrahams (friends of god) today. We need more men and women who pray for themselves and intercede for others. Let us stand between God and our people, between God and our nation.
ii) Abraham drew near to the angry God who was going to destroy the wicked city Sodom
Gen 18:23 Abraham could come closer to God because he was His friend. Unless and until you come closer to God you cannot intercede with God. Moses could intercede for the people who sinned against God because he was closer to God. Aaron could not intercede for the people because he was a part of their sins. To be an intercessor we must live closer to God.
iii) Abraham pleaded with God and said will thou (you) destroy the righteous with the wicked.
Verse 23, Abraham pleaded or interceded with the promise of God. Intercession should always be based on the word of God, and must intercede with the promise of God.
iv) Many people think that Abraham’s intercession was not heard.
It was heard. It is true if there were 10 righteous people in Sodom, the city would not have been destroyed. Because Abraham asked, the Lord did not destroy the righteous Lot together with the wicked. His prayer and intercession was accepted, and Lot and his two daughters were saved from being destroyed with the wicked (his wife turned into a pillar of salt for looking back).
Let us be Men and women of prayer and men and women to intercede for people and nation.
Source: Prayer warrior – 2By Dr. M. A. Thomas