The urgency of praying for colleagues.
Week beginning: 10th June, 2018 | By Jeremy Cooke | London
"Will not the Judge of all the earth do right??"
Genesis 18:25 (NIV, 1984)
"When He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.?"John 16:8 (NIV, 1984)
Abraham pleads with the Lord for Sodom and his nephew Lot. We pray for our cities and our fellow lawyers.
The depravity of Sodom is plain from its description in Genesis – but Ezekiel also describes a less known aspect of her wrongdoing in chapter 16: "She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me." He then compares Jerusalem unfavourably.
Lawyers are often seen as arrogant, overfed and unconcerned – fat cats. We are as a breed lacking in compassion for others less fortunate than ourselves, whether or not we indulge in detestable practices.
The Lord sees it all and will judge – that is clear from Jesus' many parables about judgment. Don't we need a greater sense of urgency in praying for our colleagues – for conviction by the Holy Spirit of the justice of God and the need for His mercy? Will you pray for them wholeheartedly this week?
Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?
1. Praise God that He is righteous, just and merciful.
2. Pray that He would work in our hearts to give us compassion for our colleagues and motivation continually, specifically and wholeheartedly to pray for them.