Prayer in the Pentateuch Part 1 -- By: L. Paul Moore, Jr.

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 098:391 (Jul 1941)
Article: Prayer in the Pentateuch Part 1
Author: L. Paul Moore, Jr.


Prayer in the Pentateuch
Part 1

L. Paul Moore, Jr.

Prayer as Communion with God

When Abraham, the friend of God, brought back Lot and the rest of the captives of Sodom all the long way from Hobah near Damascus, there was ample time for much conversation between them. Lot told his uncle how distressing it had been as day by day he would see the lascivious life of the people of Sodom. He confessed to Abraham that truly his righteous soul had many times been vexed grievously by their lawless deeds (see 2 Pet 2:7, 8). But when at last the caravan reached the head of the valley at Salem, near Aenon, the king of Sodom came out to meet them, proposing to Abraham that the latter keep the goods, and return only to him the people. Abraham openly refused his offer, taking not a thread nor a shoelachet, but after the transaction had been completed, Abraham doubtless went back to the oaks of Mamre with a heavy heart. Lot chose to count himself as one of the people of Bera, king of Sodom!

It was at least ten years after this incident that Jehovah appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre. This was the third time that God actually appeared to Abraham, although God had spoken directly to him twice before, and at least once the word of Jehovah had come to him in a vision (see Gen 12:1; 13:14; 15:1, 4). There were two messages which God wanted to impart to Abraham on this occasion, one a message of faith and joy, the other a message for sorrow and intercession. The time had actually come when Sarah was about to conceive in her womb, and the long-waited son would be born. This is the announcement which the

apostle Paul describes so majestically where he says: “And without being weakened in faith he considered his own body now as good as dead (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Rom 4:19–21).

It is necessary to hold in mind the faith of Abraham when we come to consider the second message which God imparted to Abraham on the same day as the announcement of Isaac’s birth. And Jehovah said to Abraham: “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether the...

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