God not only wants to talk to Him about our needs, but He also wants us to take part in His meeting the needs of others.
God is always looking for people to stand in the gap for others through prayer. If we stand in the gap for others, God will hear and answer our prayers.
God wants us to…
…be part of His plan.
…be involved in what He is doing..
…stand in the gap, to go before Him on behalf of those who do not know Him.
…be concerned about the welfare of others.
…pray for those around us.
Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV
“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.”
In Ezekiel 22 God wanted Ezekiel to stand in the gap for the people in Jerusalem. God told Ezekiel that He is getting ready to pour out His judgment on Jerusalem because of all the wickedness in the city however, He was looking for someone to pled their case.
Genesis 18:22- 33 NKJV
“Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.” And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?” So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.”
Before the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Abraham was visited by three messengers of God. The Lord told Abraham what would happen to the cities. Abraham interceded for his family and the righteous people that might live there. Abraham went to God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah – he didn’t just sit back with a negative attitude about the cities.
Thank-you for the privilege of coming before You in prayer in behalf of others. Help us to truly grasp the great responsibility that comes with that privilege. Cause us to stand in the gap for others, and may we do it without judgment. Help us to feel the urgency to intercede for those around us and for the things that You put on our hearts. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we pray the desires of Your heart.
In Jesus’ name, Amen