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Stand in the Gap

When you think of intercessory prayer what do you think of? For me, I have heard these words my whole life but never dug into them to see what they meant.

About two years ago I started going to intercessory prayer on Wednesday nights at my church. I went for a while then stopped going for reasons like I was just too busy. I know, I know. No excuses.

Because I have been going, I have started praying more than I had been. Letting God speak to me more than I had allowed before through time being set aside specifically for that reason.

Yesterday I was texting a friend. In the text I told her of the most recent podcast that Justin and I recorded. In the podcast got on the subject of being connected to others. I told to him how the Lord had given me this image of a group of people needing to find a missing person in a tall corn field. They made a straight line and locked arms, so that no place goes unseen. They walked straight forward.

In the middle of this though there was a person that got frustrated with another person. Because of this they unlocked arms. There was then a gap in the line. They drifted away from each other. That gap is probably where the missing person was. Because of that gap, the others in the line that were not in strife missed out on the blessing of finding the person. That is selfish. That is pride.

Satan picked the people who were vulnerable to pick on, I’m sure. Because of this, valuable moments were missed. Valuable assets to the kingdom of God were missed.

I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before in the gap on behalf of the land

She texted back a scripture that is so appropriate. Ezekiel 22:30, “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 no one.”

Me and my friend talked about intercessors. She said as intercessors we are called to walk in the power and anointing to step in gap for other in their vulnerable moments.

Gap in the Hebrew means breach. Breach mans a gap in the wall, barrier, defense, especially one made by an attacking army.

When we pray for others, we are stepping into that gap I spoke of. Those moments a person is lost or just tired and needs some supernatural help. We are building a defense for them in their vulnerable moments. When we do this as a group and interlock arms we are building an army that attacks the enemy. We are not just walking through the cornfield we are running looking for the lost. Searching for the blessings of God.

Satan wants strife in us and among us. He wants confusion. He is looking for the opportunities to step in and cause them. As an army we are to be equipped with the armor so we can stand up for others when they are weak. That is why God did tell us to be equipped with the armor of God. To be ready at all times because the enemy is searching for someone to devour.

The armor of God is equipped with something that allows us walk on rough terrain. That is the shoes of peace. Peace helps us to move freely no matter what terrain (circumstance) we find us in. The scripture says in Hebrews 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Do your best to lock arms with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Keep the peace and march forward. Find the lost so they can join you. Make the line longer and keep strong ties between you and God, and you and others. Don’t give Satan a foothold into the mission you are on which is to when others to Christ so they can “see the Lord".

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