• Heidi J. Smith

Standing in the Gap

"Prayer is the most powerful weapon against trials, the most effective medicine against sickness, and the most valuable gift to someone you love."

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Why is fervent prayer for others so difficult?

Recently I started a new job at a mortgage company where I help people purchase or refinance their homes. I'm excited to join this team.

My boss, who goes above and beyond her job to help others, had a sticky loan situation that she prayed about night and day. She diligently "stood in the gap" for her clients, and the Lord answered her prayers.

How often do we stand in the gap for others and our country?

I stood in the gap for my mom when she battled Lou Gehrig's disease, for my son when he injured his eye, and for my marriage when it went through a rough patch.

It wasn't easy because I didn't always feel like praying; yet, the Lord was the only one who could help. He is the miracle worker and lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25).

Standing in the gap is an intercessory prayer that pleads with God for something. It isn't a lackadaisical prayer, but a tenacious storming-the-throne-of-heaven prayer requiring sacrifice and commitment.

Moses stood in the gap for the Israelites when they worshipped the golden calves. The Lord wanted to destroy them, but Moses prayed for them and God spared them (Psalm 106:23).

In ancient times, walls protected cities. If a city had a gap in the wall, it left the city vulnerable to the enemy's attack. Workers repaired the breach, while guards stood ready to fight.

The Lord looked for someone to repair the wall, or stand in the gap through prayer for his people, but he found no one.

"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 NIV

Who do you need to stand in the gap for?

Students graduating from college starting their careers. Brides marrying their sweethearts, or parents raising their children. Individuals living their lives. People relocating across the country, or folks caring for their aging parents.

What about our country?

Soldiers sacrificing for the freedoms we enjoy, or first responders caring for us during the coronavirus pandemic. People standing firm on the truth as our country's value erode away.

As we celebrate Independence Day, may we intercede for our country and others. Just as repairing a wall or defending a country requires work and commitment, so does intercessory praying for others.

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