I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so that I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.
Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)
While God chooses to use human agents to achieve his purposes, we all know that he could just as easily work without us. Having chosen to use us in his work, he then wants us to step up and take our place.
God has created a gap for you and I to fill. The verse above quoted from Ezekiel 22 speaks of standing between God and those who deserve his judgement. The ‘wall’ isn’t envisaging that you use yourself as a shield to deflect God’s wrath. That would be impossible for us to do. However, this has already been achieved for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What is envisaged is someone stepping into the gap and praying on behalf of the person, community or country, asking God to show them mercy.
Intercessory prayer is a privilege as well as a responsibility. If you know of someone who has fallen into sin, intercede for them that God’s judgement might not fall on them. Pray that they might accept his offer of mercy, leading them to repentance and forgiveness.
The world will tell you to ‘Mind the Gap’, in case you fall into it and are hurt. God says ‘Find the Gap’ and stand in it. Find the needs that require intercessory prayer and pray for your friends and relations, your community and your country.
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