So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”
Series: Prayer Bargain
God reveals His plans only to those who are willing to be trustworthy and faithful with the entrusted task.
One of the reasons God may not share His plans and desires is that He cannot trust the believer. One tends to push his/her agendas ahead of His glory.
In the verse, we see God saying He is going to Sodom and Gomorrah to check if their deeds are as wicked as it was heard to be.
God already knows the condition of the city because He is omnipresent and omniscient. However it is seen that when the people go astray, God Himself comes down to confront them, like in the case of Adam in Eden, and in the building of the Tower of Babel.
His presence was to give them a chance. The purpose of a revival- the visitation of God- is not necessarily to punish, but to draw their hearts to Him, like in the city of Nineveh.
He sends His presence to prepare the Christian for the upcoming season. It was the encounter with the presence of God that kept the Israelites forty years in the desert. Apart from His presence they could not have survived.
There is no one present in the land to seek after God and pray for them. So, God reveals His plans to Abraham.
If a Christian has been entrusted with interceding for a particular person or place, they must faithfully bring it in prayer for a visitation from God.
God is the only hope for a vile condition. Therefore His presence must be sought after and faithfully prayed for.
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