Standing in the Gap

09 24 14 Standing in the gapA gap, by definition, represents a place of weakness, vulnerability, and danger. It is a defenseless location of exposure and limitation, the point where people face real threats. Gaps exist in our communities, churches, homes, and even our country. When an enemy attacks the gaps in our lives, we are hopelessly overwhelmed, if not for the grace of God and the intervention of his divine hand.

Our church is a praying church. And the secret to our church effectiveness and strength is directly related to our prayer power. Everything changes when you get serious about prayer. I don’t mean just talking about it or learning about it, but really praying with passion, fervency and power. In Ezekiel 22:30 we read, “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 I would not have to destroy it but I found none.” God sought for a person who would make up the hedge, and stand in the gap, but found none. God was seeking intercessors to fight the spiritual battle against the principalities of darkness and evil but found none. He was searching for someone to make up the hedge and stand in the gap in order to stay on the tide of inequity, injustice and evil in the world, but found none.

Even so today God seeks for intercessors, people who would build a hedge and stand in the gap. We are in a life and death struggle and every one of us is involved in a daily spiritual battle. I believe God calls Christians to stand in the gap and become involved intercessory prayer. In I Samuel 12:23 it states, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” Without exception every Christian is called to become engaged in the ministry of intercessory prayer. Not everyone can sing, preach, teach, or lead, or visit but every Christian regardless of age or physical ability can pray. S. D. Gordon once wrote, “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for mankind is to pray.” Frank C. Laubach once wrote, “Every prayer we utter from the heart begins to change history at once. People seldom pray as if they realize that prayer changes the world.” Prayer is the mightiest power on earth. We are called by God to stand in the gap between human need and the satisfaction of the need. When you and I pray for another person, we bring the power of God to bear upon that person’s life and situation. The ministry of prayer is the most important of all ministries of the church.

Does God still look for intercessors, people to stand in the gap? Does God still call people to stand in the gap and cry out to him? Most assuredly he does. This is the crying need of our day and age. May you pray from the very depths of your heart, “Here I am Lord, use me!”