10 Nov 2018

Standing in the Gap

by Richard Reed

Start by reading…Ezekiel 21:1 - 22:31Hebrews 10:1-17Psalm 108:1-13Proverbs 27:12

More than 28 years ago my now brother-in-law – a good friend of mine – and his wife started praying for me and another friend. We often spoke with them about Christ and the new life we could have if we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. They sought the Lord for our salvation, standing in the gap for us.

Ezekiel 22:30 says:

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

Israel was in a terrible state, yet the Lord could find no one to stand in the gap. People often find themselves in bad positions as a result of health problems, financial issues, difficult relationships or addictions, and feel unable to pray for themselves. God has not changed; He is still looking for people to stand in the gap.

To stand in the gap is to put others before ourselves. We must give up our time to pray and intercede for those we have allowed God to place on our hearts. According to Paul, it is our responsibility to bear each other’s burdens. Galatians 6:2 says:

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

We may not understand why we are praying for certain people at times, as God will not always reveal it. He is simply looking for people who are willing and available to stand in the gap.

Pause and reflect: In your quiet time today, allow God to place on your heart the people he wants you to intercede for. Make some time each day to pray for these people. Continue to be available to God so He can use you to build a wall and stand in the gap.

Richard Reed
Richard Reed

Richard and his wife Mandie have four children. He has worked for an IT financial servicing company for more than twenty years, working with all the major banks in the UK. He has been a lay preacher for twenty years and is trained as a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) money coach. Richard is on the core leadership team at Victory Church Cwmbran and is passionate about bringing people to Jesus and seeing them released from financial burdens.

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