On prayer and courage:
Abraham is a courageous man and prays with courage. Abraham finds the strength to speak face to face with the Lord and attempts to
defend that city.
we speak of courage we always think of apostolic courage – going out to
preach the Gospel, these sort of things…But there’s also (the kind of)
courage (demonstrated) before the Lord. That sense of paralysis before
the Lord: going courageous before the Lord to request things. It makes
you laugh a bit; this is funny because Abraham speaks with the Lord in a
special way, with this courage, and one doesn’t know: is this a man who
prays or is this a‘phoenician deal’ because he’s bartering the price,
down, down…And he’s tenacious: from fifty he’s succeeded in lowering the
price down to ten. He knew that it wasn’t possible. Only that it was
right…. But with that courage, with that tenacity, he went ahead.
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