“And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.”
An amazing story is found in the verse above about Abraham’s prayer life and faith. God sent His angels to Abraham and Sarah to announce to them that they were going to have a son. It was in this announcement that God asked the rhetorical question, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” It was this question that reminded Abraham of God’s capability of making impossible possible.
It was after this dialogue that the angels told Abraham that God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The cries of these cities had come to God, and their sin was very “grievous.” When the angels turned to go to destroy these cities, it says about Abraham, “…but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.” Abraham wasn’t just going to accept the destruction of these cities. Abraham was going to stand before the LORD and intercede for the cities because his nephew, Lot, was still in the city. It was this action of standing yet before the LORD that allowed Abraham to bargain with God not to destroy the city if there were ten righteous people found in them.
My friend, this is the answer to your problems. Too many people give up on their situations of life that seem to be inevitable instead of standing yet before the LORD and begging for His mercy. It was Hezekiah who stood yet before the LORD after he heard that he was going to die, and yet God answered his prayer and healed him. It was Elijah who prayed again when there was no rain that caused the rain to come. It was Daniel and the three Hebrew children who stood yet before the LORD when nobody had the answer to the king’s dream that caused the LORD to reveal the answer to Daniel. It has always been those who stood yet before the LORD in prayer when all others have quit who have changed life’s circumstances.
Let me ask you; what is it today that you have given up on? Is there something in your life that you have resigned to the fact that it just has to be this way? The answer for your situation is to stand yet before the LORD. The answer for the wayward child who seems to go back to the same mud hole time and time again is a parent who will stand yet before the LORD. The answer for the person in the grips of a vice is for their spouse to stand yet before the LORD to beg for His intervention. The answer for the struggling ministry that seems to be on a downward spiral is a pastor or church member to stand yet before the LORD. The answer for the child who sees their parent’s marriage about to end is for that child to stand yet before the LORD. The answer for the couple who have done everything in their power to have a baby is to stand yet before the LORD. The answer for a loved one who has prayed for years that someone close to them would get saved is to stand yet before the LORD.
My friend, are you going to give up so quickly without standing yet before the LORD? The answer to your problem is not giving up in prayer, but the answer to your problem is to stand yet before the LORD. You will never know if you will be able to change the mind of God like Abraham did until you stand yet before the LORD. It is those who won’t give up on their prayers who are the ones who experience the greatest victories in life. Let me encourage you to not quit on whatever you have been praying about, but let me challenge you to stand yet before the LORD until you get the answer.