Thoughts on Prayer: Learning to Hold on to that Promise
Today we are looking at Genesis 14. I don’t know how much time elapsed between the altar Abram built by the oaks of Mamre in Hebron and when war broke out between the kings of Shinar, Ellasar, Elam and Goyim vs. the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboyim and Belar(Zoar) . But it was 4 kings against 5. The odds were seemingly in the enemy’s favor.
There was a portion of this war fought in the valley of Siddim which was full of tar pits. Well, apparently the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fell into them (Gen. 14:10). The survivors and remaining kings fled to the hill country taking Lot and his possessions with them. So he was now a prisoner. (Side note: I kind of always thought he was a prisoner once he decided to “settle” in Sodom and Gomorrah, so this was news to me.) A fugitive of the war reports to Abram on these events. When Abram hears his nephew is a prisoner of war, he takes action. He takes 318 trained men born in his house and goes as far as Dan. Here he divides his forces at night against the enemy, defeats the enemy and pursues them. Here’s the interesting part, he only brings back what belongs to his family. The enemy took anything not nailed down when they fled to the hill country.
He returns from his victory to find the king of Sodom making him an offer. However, before he meets with the king of Sodom another king comes on the scene, Melchizedek, king of Salem, a priest to the God Most High. Melchizedek blesses Abram by the God Most High Possessor of heaven and earth Who delivered Abram’s enemies into his hands. What did Abram do? He gave the king of Salem a 10th of all the spoils. Worship and gratitude seem to be a natural response for Abram. Then Abram meets with the king of Sodom. The king makes a generous offer which Abram refused. Not only does Abram decline the offer; he states: “I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, lest you say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’… (Gen. 14-22-24). He was clear who prospered him in his battle and gave him the victory, wasn’t he? It was Abram’s land by promise/title/grant. Now it was his by conquest. He possessed it in word and deed.
Sometimes we have to contend in prayer for the promises/call of God in our lives. Hindrances, obstacles, our own sin and short sightedness, and people can seek to delay them. But if we remain steadfast to His call, faithful in character and consistent in faith He will see us through. There are promises throughout scripture waiting for you. You probably already know some of them. Are you ready to lay hold of them by digging in and fighting the good fight of faith? There will be a time of testing for sure. But, the riches on the other side are immeasurable. Take some time this week to consider what your Father has promised you. (Looking at who He is through His names is a great place to start) Dare to take hold of them. You may have seen some come to fruition already. Your testimony of where and how God met you in displaying the fulfillment of His promise would encourage someone. So, write it down and share it with a friend. Then, write down the next promise and journal the journey to its completion.
May you to find joy in the journey. Strength and strategy for the fight. Generosity with the spoils from a just and well bought battle. And vision for the next leg of your promised land deeper into the Father’s heart. Be blessed in the name of the God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth Who will deliver you. ~DPH~