Tuesday, 6th September 2016: You must stand in the gap!

Scripture Reading: Eziekiel 22:30

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Reflection: One day God pours out his heart to Eziekiel. He is not happy at all. He is surprised that no one in Israel is willing to stand in the gap ( in the spirit) to ward off the incoming judgement and danger. Understanding what can happen to a city wall will bring you full understanding of the job role of standing in the gap. A city wall protects the city from attackers. Whenever a gap or hole is created in the wall due to cracks, it becomes an access point for the enemy to attack. To stop this, someone stands within that gap or hole created with a weapon to ward off any attack while they fix or repair it. Once the hole or gap is sealed, the city remains protected by an inaccessible wall once again. People’s lives in the spirit are just like a city with a wall. As long as nothing goes wrong with the wall, they are safe. However once a gap is created in the walls of their lives due to sin, challenges or oppositions they are heading towards trouble. Somebody must quickly see this and stand in the gap created ( that is to pray) to begin a work of protection and repairs. What this implies is that praying for others is part of your faith and calling. It is a job offer you should never decline. No wonder, Paul exhorts thus ‘first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men’- 1 Tim 2:1.

Prayer: Oh Lord, help me not to loose the passion of standing in the gap for others.

Confession: My life will be used by God to bless others. I will be there whenever God expects me to stand in gap for somebody.

 

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