I keep thinking about practical ways I can love others since according to Jesus it is the most important thing about me next to loving Him. He has impressed on my heart that everyone matters to Him. Everyone is significant to Him, and they should matter to me as well. He put me in the family I am in for a reason and He has given me the friends I have and the people in my life for a reason; to love them. Many times I demonstrate that love by standing in the gap and praying for them. May I just say Greg and I have felt others are standing in the gap for us on this road trip? We know someone was praying at certain times along the way. For example, we were flying down the freeway in Nashville and the car in front of us was not sure which fork in the freeway to take, so they slammed on their brakes causing us to skid almost out of control! The Lord’s Hand of Protection was all over us and I know several are praying for our protection. Thank you for standing in the gap for us!
Do you need to stand in the gap for someone? From Nourishments- Food for the Soul glossary- In biblical days, cities were surrounded by walls designed to protect the inhabitants from enemy attack. If the wall was damaged, the resulting gap in protection required someone to stand guard-to stand in the gap so enemies could not enter in. What is true in the physical is also true spiritually. We have an enemy who searches for “gaps” in the “walls” of protection we need around our lives. These walls are formed of prayer, the Word of God, and in close communion to our Abba God. When a gap in our protective wall appears, we need the prayers of others to overcome the threats of the enemy. “Standing in the gap” is a metaphor for intercessory prayer- praying for the needs of others.
Ezekiel 22:30a (NLT) “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall.
The Lord’s eyes range throughout the earth looking for anyone who is committed to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9a). He expects you to intercede for others. He delights in showing you His Mercy. Your Father wants you to stand strong in the places where the faith of others may falter, providing your strength to uphold them. Will you stand in the gap for your family and country today?
The Lord is often described in Scripture as a refuge and shield. This means He will surround you with His protection. Sin results in a gap in the hedge of protection the Lord provides; the enemy is able to come in and overpower one whose choices have allowed the entrance of evil. You can stand in the gap for a weakened soul just as our spiritual father Abraham stood in the gap for Sodom (see Genesis 18:16–33).
Though the evil city of Sodom was destroyed, Abraham also stood in the gap for his nephew, Lot, who lived there. The Lord heard Abraham’s prayers and rescued Lot. He was snatched from the great catastrophe that engulfed Sodom. (Read the story in Genesis 19:1–29.)
Be known in God’s kingdom as a prayer warrior on behalf of the weak. Establish yourself in God’s kingdom as one who stands in the gap on behalf of others. You can be used by God to rebuild the walls of righteousness and restore the broken homes that surround you. God is looking for someone; will you answer, as Isaiah did (Isaiah 6:8; NKJV), “Here am I, send me”?
(Taken from Nourishments- Food for the Soul)