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STANDING IN THE GAP

Ezekiel 22
30So 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. NKJV

The prophet Ezekiel is here expressing the need for prayer intercessors who would "stand in the gap" before God in behalf of the needs of His people of that time. Today how much greater is the need for Christian believers to intercede in behalf of the helpless, the needy, the troubled, the sick, those who are not walking with God, family members, world leaders, and those who sometimes hurt so badly that they do not know how to pray for themselves. What a privilege we have to lift up in prayer the needs of others as we are led by the Holy Spirit. Each one of us has a unique way of praying but it is the love behind the prayers rather than the particular form of prayer that makes the difference! Sometimes the situation looks so hopeless that we feel helpless. At such times I've found it helpful to ask for the prayers of others to join with me in my intercessions. This is what Jesus clearly teaches:

Matthew 18
19"I also tell you this: If two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them." NLT

Distance is no barrier when is comes to joining with others in prayer. God's love is always everywhere present and believers are one in the Spirit even when separated by great geographical distance. So two or three can gather together in prayer agreement at any time and at any place. Isn't that encouraging?

I believe that loving intercession for others is one of the greatest privileges that we have as believers in Jesus Christ.

Written by Tom Durst of Spokane WA
tomdurst1@msn.com