I recall the first time a dear friend stated, “I’m standing in the gap for you.” I had no idea what she meant. To me, The Gap was a store. It meant a shopping trip to find some bare necessities. Not something you do.
Good ole’ Webster defines “gap” as a hole or space where something is missing. We see this terminology used only twice in God’s Word. In Ezekiel, God looked for an intercessor, someone who would willingly fix the break in the hedge. Someone who would go out of their way to pray. Take up the slack. Get on their knees.
The Israelites had slid…deep into sin. They had ignored God’s plea to repent. Instead, they lived just as they pleased. Sound familiar? The plea was both literal and figurative. There were protective walls around the city that were crumbling and falling apart. Due to the unwillingness to turn away from sin, the spiritual walls had fallen down as well.
You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD. Ezekiel 13:5
We stand in the gap because…
I’ve been praying for a dear friend over the past couple of weeks and today she called me with news of answered prayer. I was overjoyed to share in her happiness. When we stand in the gap and intercede on the behalf of others, something happens. God changes us. He moves us. He proves His Word to be true. “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
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. Ezekiel 22:30
Have you been blessed by someone standing in the gap for you? Please share!