by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards
Text Version | Afrikaans
"Awww, Mom! We don't want to go to the prayer meeting tonight," Kara and Eric complained as they were sitting at the table eating their dinner. "It's boring, and, besides, no one else our age goes!" They continued trying to convince their mother to let them stay home, but in their hearts they knew their efforts were not going to do any good.
"Number one, It doesn't matter how old you are; everybody needs to pray. And number two, I don't think you realize how important the prayers of just one person can be," Mother patiently explained.
"But I don't really know how to pray. My prayers just don't sound good and they probably don't do any good anyway," Kara said with a frown.
Their mother tried to help the two children understand by explaining that prayer is simply the act of talking to God. "If you can talk to people," their mother said, "then you can talk to God. A simple prayer prayed from the heart is often much more effective than a prayer that has been carefully composed." She continued, "God doesn't expect you children to pray the same way an adult prays. God expects a child to pray like a child, and your prayers are every bit as important to Him as the prayers of an adult."
Abraham and his three guests had just finished having a delicious meal together. As they moved away from the dinner table, the men thanked Abraham for his gracious hospitality, then went on their way toward Sodom. Abraham had no idea that the three men he had just had dinner with were the Lord and two angels. Unlike pictures we see, these angels didn't have wings, and there was nothing particularly special about them. They looked and acted like normal men.
As the Lord and the two angels were walking down the road, the Lord said, "Abraham is a righteous man and will raise his children in a godly manner. He will become a great nation. I don't want to keep any secrets from him, so I'm going to turn back and tell him what we are going to do."
The Lord turned back and began explaining to Abraham, "Sodom and Gomorrah and all the areas around them are very, very wicked. I am going to destroy all these cities and everything in them because they won't repent."
Abraham became quite concerned because his nephew, Lot, lived in the city of Sodom. He loved Lot very much and didn't want to see anything bad happen to him. Abraham also recognized that the man speaking to him was not really a man, but the Lord. Abraham began talking to the Lord and asking that his nephew, Lot, not be harmed.
"Lord, are you going to destroy the righteous people along with the wicked?" Abraham asked. "If there are fifty righteous people, will you please save the city?"
The Lord agreed with Abraham that if there were fifty godly people, the city would not be destroyed.
Abraham thought about that for a moment. He knew the people in the city of Sodom, and he wasn't sure that there were fifty righteous people there. He spoke to the Lord again. "Lord, I know you are a just God and will do what's right. What if there are only forty-five godly people? Will you destroy the city if there are five less?"
The Lord saw Abraham's distress and lowered the number even more. He said He would not destroy the city if He could find forty righteous people.
Abraham thought about the situation and wasn't quite sure there were even forty people in the city that loved God. "Lord, please don't be angry with me," Abraham said humbly. "What if there are only thirty? Could you save the city for thirty godly people?"
The Lord was not at all angry with Abraham. He saw Abraham's deep compassion for Lot and the other people. The Lord didn't really want to destroy the city either because he is loving and compassionate, but he had given them many chances and they wouldn't repent. They must be punished to keep the wickedness from spreading. "If there are thirty righteous people, the city will not be destroyed," the Lord told Abraham.
"But Lord, what if there are only twenty people who are godly? I know you are a just God. You wouldn't destroy the twenty godly people along with the wicked would you?"
"No, Abraham. I will not destroy the godly with the wicked. If there are twenty righteous people, the city will be saved," the Lord said.
Abraham talked to the Lord one more time as he was thinking of Lot and his family. "Oh Lord, please, please don't be angry with me. Would you allow me to speak once more?" The Lord gave him permission to speak. "Surely there must be ten righteous people in the city of Sodom. Will you please save the city if there are ten?"
The Lord agreed with Abraham's request that He would not destroy the city if He could find ten godly people. Abraham was satisfied with that arrangement and his prayer was finished. The Lord went on His way, and Abraham returned home.
The Lord and the two angels went through Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities to see if they could find ten righteous people. They searched and searched, but sadly they could not find even ten people who loved God. God always keeps his word and according to the agreement, the cities would all have to be destroyed.
The Lord remembered Abraham's great love for his nephew. He sent the two angels to Sodom to speak with Lot. When Lot saw the two men on the street, he invited them to come to his house for a meal, then invited them to spend the night at his house. Like Abraham earlier in the story, Lot didn't know that his guests were angels sent by the Lord.
That evening, the angel men revealed the reason for their visit. "God is going to destroy Sodom, Gomorrah, and all the surrounding cities. Gather your family and a few belongings and go to the mountains where you will be safe," they instructed Lot.
Early the next morning, Lot went to visit his married daughters to tell them and their husbands to prepare to leave because the cities were going to be destroyed, but they would not come. Their husbands only laughed because they didn't believe in God and didn't think it was really going to happen.
Lot, his wife, and two daughters that were still living at home began preparing to leave. They had trouble packing because there were so many things they loved and thought they would need. They didn't want to leave anything behind. In fact, they really didn't want to leave at all. They were living a prosperous life in Sodom and didn't fully understand why they had to go.
The angel men said they were spending way too much time, and grabbed them by the hand, and rushed them out of the city, leaving almost everything behind. "Please!" Lot begged."Do we have to go to the mountains? That's a long way and I just don't think I can make it. There is a little town not too far from here. Can we please go there?"
The angel men were patient with Lot and agreed that they could go to the little town called Zoar. "But you must hurry. Run as fast as you can and don't look back," the angels instructed them. Lot and his family ran toward Zoar and the angel men left them.
Just as they were nearing the little town, fire rained down from heaven. Lot's wife was remembering her home and all that she had left. She disobediently looked back to see what was happening to her beloved home and city. Because of her disobedience, she was turned into a statue of salt. Lot and his two daughters kept running and safely made it to the little town of Zoar.
Sodom, Gomorrah, and all the surrounding cities, towns, and villages were destroyed by the fire and brimstone just as God had said. Because of God's mercy and Abraham's compassion and prayers, Lot and his two daughters were saved from the destruction. And because of Lot, the little town of Zoar was not destroyed.
What is Prayer?
Why did Abraham pray about the cities?
Did God keep His word?
How were Lot and his daughters saved?
The prayers of one person can make a huge difference.
A VERSE TO LEARN:
"The Lord...is not willing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
ALTERNATE VERSE TO LEARN:
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous
man availeth much" (James 5:16b).
Dear God, Thank You for Your great love and
compassion for all people. Help us to be kind
and love one another as You love us.
In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen
CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
Genesis 18:16-19:3 and 19:12-29
Sodom and Gomorrah
Lot And His Daughters
James 5:16b Coloring Page
Color, Cut, Scramble 2 Peter 3:9
Bible Color and Learn: Abraham Book 4
Coloring Through the Bible
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Story Coloring Pages V2
Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages
My Bible Coloring Book
Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages
What's in the Bible Reproducible Coloring Book—Genesis to Revelation
Children's Bible Coloring Books
Lot Crossword Puzzle
Lot And His Daughters Jigsaw Puzzle
Help Lot Find Zoar - Maze
Sodom and Gomorrah Crossword Puzzle
The Five-Finger Prayer
How To Pray For Missions
Praying Hands Connect The Dots
Sodom and Gomorrah
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Cut and Scramble 2 Peter 3:9
Praying Hands Craft (1)
Make a Puppet (scroll down the page to find them)
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12
The Story of Sodom and Gomorrah
Abraham (Bible Encyclopedia)
Abraham—A Man Who Heard And Obeyed God's Call
Abraham and the Three Strangers
Abraham - eBook
Abraham Gets Strange Visitors
Abraham—God's Brave Explorer (Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids)
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Abraham Obeys God - eBook
Abraham, Sarah, & Isaac (Arch Books)
Abraham's Big Test
Abraham Trusts God (Faith That Sticks)
God Knows My Name
Good and Evil: The Bible As Graphic Novel
Hagar, Ishmael, And God's Promise To Abraham (read online)
HOBC Bible Big Book: Abraham
Lot's Choice, And How It Brought Trouble
One Starry Night (read online)
Sarah and Abraham: The Wonderful Promise
The Birth of a Nation - Abraham to Joseph (listen and read online)
The Child Of Promise (read online)
The Rain Of Fire That Fell On A City
The Story of Abraham
The Story of Abraham and Sarah
The Birth of a Nation - Abraham to Joseph (listen and read online)
365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners
Early Reader's Bible
The Action Storybook Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)
Abraham - MIDI/Sheet music/Lyrics
Father Abraham [Music Download]
Cedarmont Kids sing Father Abraham (DVD)
When We Pray For Each Other
100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
Bible Comes Alive 1 (12 Audio CDs) (Your Story Hour)
Bible on the Go Vol. 03: The Story of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 12, 15, 18-19, 21-22) - Unabridged Audiobook [Download]
Great People of the Bible: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph
What's in the Bible DVD 1: In the Beginning—Genesis
The Sons of Abraham, DVD
The Story of Abraham, DVD
Young Abraham DVD
The Animated Kid's Bible (3-DVD Set)
The Beginner's Bible Box Set, 4 DVDs
#1: Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible Storybook
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
Abraham (WebBible Encyclopedia)
Is there any evidence for the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction by fire and brimstone (sulfur)?
Jesus Taught About Prayer
Plain English - Puppets or Drama
Sodom and Gomorrah
The Birth of a Nation (Abraham to Joseph) pg. 2
801 Questions Kids Ask About God
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Bible Memory Games
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Seven Laws of the Learner
Sunday school resources
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
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