February 10, 2021 — Standing In The Gap

“Do you remember,” Stan asked one morning, “when I told you about our trip to London and the ‘Mind the Gap’ sign?”

“Sure do,” I replied, “all about minding the gap between you and what God has for you to be and to do [Note to reader:  See Posting Number 174, “Mind The Gap”].  Why do you ask?”

“This was brought to mind earlier this morning when I was reading in the Old Testament about how God had been looking for someone to stand in the gap between Him and Jerusalem.  I was praying about what’s going on in the world, praying for those who are wondering if God has abandoned us?”

“Abandoned us?  What do you mean?”

“Well,” Stan replied, “I hear a lot of people thinking out loud about how we have gone so far from God that He has decided to give up on us.”

“Do you believe that?” I asked.

“Absolutely not!” Stan exclaimed.  “However, I do think that God may be looking for something from us.”

“What?”

“To come before Him as intercessors, seeking to find out what’s on His heart.”

“So,” I replied, “you’re saying that God may be trying to get our attention?  Is that it?”

“That’s what I saw earlier this morning when I was reading what the prophet Ezekiel had to say about what was going on.”

“But that was a long time ago, wasn’t it?” I asked.

“Probably about 2500 years ago,” Stan replied.

“And how does that have any relevance today?”

“God doesn’t change,” Stan said.  “We certainly do, but He doesn’t.  I think that what Ezekiel said about what God was looking for has some application for today.”

“What?”

“Ezekiel says that God had been looking for someone who would would have stood in the gap before Him for the protection of Jerusalem, but He couldn’t find anyone.  He then poured out His wrath.”

“You see a parallel here?” I asked.

“Could be,” Stan replied.  “How about if we put together some intercessors who will truly seek what’s on God’s heart, what He wants us to hear from Him and do by standing in the gap between Him and His creation?”

“Let’s give it a go!  Can’t hurt and it may be the answer for how God wants us to stand in the gap that so clearly exists right now!”

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Bible verses to consider:

“And I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.  Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord.  Ezekiel 22:30, 31.

There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to every man who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 2:9, 10.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  Then I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”  Isaiah 6:8.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for allowing me to come before you in prayer.  Thank you that you do make known what is on your heart to those who truly seek to know.  I confess that too often I don’t seek to know what’s on your heart because I don’t want to take the time to find out.  Please forgive that foolishness.  Help me to follow your lead in being an intercessor who is willing to come before you and stay before you for as long as it takes to know, embrace, and obey what you show me.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this:  God looks for intercessors who are willing to stand before Him for as long as it takes to know what’s on His heart.  Do you believe that?  Why or why not?  Are you an intercessor?  If not, why?  Would you like to know what’s on God’s heart, not only for you personally, but for those around you, including your country?  If so, do you know how that can happen?

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