Prayer for the day
Sing to the LORD and bless his Name;* proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
Scripture for the day
Some of the strangest stories in the scriptures reside in the book of Genesis. The stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and his family, and others are certainly perplexing. Genesis also contains some of the most wonderful stories. The story of Abraham hosting his visitors is a beautiful picture of grace and welcome. It’s a topic we don’t think of much. What is required of us when it comes to visitors?
In Abraham’s story as well as Lot’s, God’s emissaries are treated with the utmost respect and care. In Matthew, Jesus speaks of the way we perform righteous actions…in integrity, with modesty and quietness.
In Genesis we see visitors treated with love and respect, care and interest. Both Abraham care for their visitors well, trading them as honoured guests. In Matthew, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray “give us this day our daily bread.” In Genesis, we see that it’s possible that we provide the answer to that prayer in some way. What does that mean? Abraham and Lot both were feeders and keepers of strangers. When we pay for God to keep and protect us, it is possible that God is calling others to be the answer to that prayer for its, and calling us to be the answer to that prayer for others.
Have you been the answer to a prayer for hospitality, care, love, or friendship?