In Genesis 14, when Abraham liberated Lot and his family and recovered the possessions and people plundered from Sodom, the king of Sodom asked Abraham only for the people, leaving the plunder to Abraham as a reward. But Abraham refused it. He did not want the king of Sodom getting any credit for making him wealthy; that honor belonged to God alone.
Here we see Abraham intercede on behalf of Sodom, as well as Gomorrah, when he learned that the Lord was going to destroy the cities because of the seriousness of their sin. Abraham’s bold intercession teaches us two things about him:
First, Abraham understood God’s character as a good and righteous judge. Abraham did not quibble with God’s right to judge the cities, but he did ask for God to be merciful on their behalf.
Second, Abraham cared deeply for Lot and the people of those cities. Abraham did not merely appeal for Lot to be spared; he appealed for their entire populations. More importantly, Abraham knew that God cared about people more than he did.
Both of these observations will be revisited when Abraham is called on to sacrifice Isaac. Once again, Abraham would trust in God’s character—His faithfulness and power—and His love for him and his son as he navigated that challenging test.
Whom can you pray for as an intercessor? What attributes of God will inform your prayers?