The other night my husband and I were in prayer together and something he prayed on behalf of a loved one grabbed my attention and encouraged me to get back in the gap and stay there.
In his talking with God he asked the Lord to guard and protect this dear one, even though they resist coming to Him for themselves.
Moses and his people leapt to the front of my thinking. Over and overagain Moses went to the Lord on behalf of God’s children. Children the Lord loved enough to save from captivity in Egypt. God delivered them into and from bondage; He brought them out of other life-threatening predicaments and situations. And still they (just like us) resisted, disobeyed, and longed to return to captivity for the mere taste of leeks, onions and garlic. Rather than humble themselves in the sight of God, seek His face, worship Him, and ask for help to deal with their circumstances, not to mention their flesh, they grumbled and complained.
Praise God for Moses and for the friendship relationship he had with his God. Moses consistently (not perfectly) sought the Lord. He even petitioned God for mercy on their behalf when God had determined to discipline them for their sin(s).
Just as my husband and I stand in the gap for those whom we love, Moses stood in the gap for his people. There was no other like Moses. Just think where God’s people would have been if there wasn’t one to stand in the gap on their behalf?
Dear ones, we need to GET IN THE GAP!! We must determine to tirelessly go before the Lord, to make a stand for righteousness and holiness, to seek God’s mercies for ourselves and those we love. We must make a stand right now! The lives of our loved ones are at stake!
We need to pray even if it appears nothing is changing or happening. None of us know for sure the moment-by-moment impact or effect our prayers are, or may be, having in the spirit realm. We just don’t know.
The enduring faith of one prayer warrior,; one person willing to get in the gap, to take a stand is immeasurable. So let’s pray for those who wander aimlessly in the dessert to come to an end of all their foolishness, turn from their wicked ways and humble themselves before the Lord. God can reap generations of blessings.
And dear ones, on a personal note: let’s put to death the deeds or our own flesh (gossiping, slandering tongues, critical judgmental spirits, haughty attitudes, etc., etc.). Let’s go to God and ask Him to reveal the besetting sins in our own hearts and lives, remembering there is One who stands in the gap for us, making intercession, lest we like God’s people of old be burned up with fire or swallowed up by the very ground that we stand on.
Stephanie Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women’s Addiction Ministry. She has been married for almost 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Stephanie serves alongside him as Care Group leaders in their church. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.