Hope for the Lost: Conclusion

Part 4 of 4
And so we have come back to the promises of God. Do you see how important it is to know them in relation to prayer? James told us that, “you do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” Your prayer life is ineffective if you are praying something other than what God has promised. We are to ask for what we know we will receive. If we want to be friends with God then the world must be our enemy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Do you have a hope for the lost like Abraham? If you want a greater passion for the lost, if you really want to see people saved, then you need to get to know the Judge better. Only by knowing who he is and what he has promised to do will you ever find a desire in your heart to see the lost come to faith. You must submit yourself and your desires to God. Draw near to him.

Did you also see the picture of Christ in this passage? Did you see the foreshadowing? Jesus on the night that he would die stood before the Lord and interceded on behalf of his apostles and all those who would believe because of the message that they shared. Did you see the beginnings of the great doctrines of substitution and representation? In the cities, 10 righteous would spare the city. In Christ, the one righteous would secure the salvation of the multitudes.

In this chapter, we have seen the glory of God’s promise, his mercy, his electing love, and grace. But lest we forget, these qualities necessitate that God is just and wrathful against sin, which we will see displayed in the next chapter as his judgment is displayed.
The call to us today is to be a friend of God.