Genesis 18:3-5 lists out three requests of Abraham to the Lord when he saw the Lord with two other men standing outside his tent. Genesis 18:3 reads “And [Abraham] said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:” The first of Abraham’s request (plea) was for the Lord to “pass not away”, but note how Abraham addresses the visitor, as My Lord and himself as Lord’s servant. Also note how Abraham confirms the Lord’s favor on him. If the Lord was to leave Abraham’s presence and passed by, then Abraham would have known that the Lord’s favor was not on him.
When Jesus is standing by us (as the Lord was standing by Abraham – Genesis 18:2), the favor of God is upon us and like Abraham, we must pray, that the Lord (Jesus) pass not away. Because Jesus became the passover lamb for the Salvation of mankind, God’s favor does not pass away from us and is with us, in and through Jesus who stands by us. Let us therefore pray that the Lord pass not away (from our presence) ever.
Points to ponder:
Let our prayer be, “My Lord, Pass not away from me, your servant. Pass not away, I pray.”
Genesis 18:3 (KJV)
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: