Lot probably spent most of the night walking through the city looking for his coming sons in law and the two men were waiting for him at his house. When morning dawned, Lot and his family and the two men were in the house and it seems like God had waited with the destruction for Lot to return.
Now it was time, the two men said that Lot and his family had to run for their lives, however, they lingered, they wanted to stay in the house for protection. Their faith was more in the city than in God, but by God’s mercy the two men took them by their hands and led them outside and one of them said; “Escape for your life” God gave them a clear order and told them not to stop anywhere in the valley and not to turn around and look back.
This was not a conversation, this was an order, but their faith were wavering and Lot had his own opinion of the best solution, their stay in this sinful environment had brought them away from God’s greatness and omniscience, that God looks ahead and always knows best. God told Lot to run for the mountain away from this valley, up where he could be on his own with his family far away from the sinful city life.