There's never been a more critical time to stand in the gap. What does that really mean?
Standing in the gap is a selfless posture, a Christlike posture. Standing in the gap is making a defense against an enemy attack. Standing in the gap is exposing oneself to enemy fire in order to protect something or someone else.
That may sound somewhat daunting, but when you understand the plan and will of God it's exhilarating.
When you stand in the gap God assigns you to, you are standing in His will, and nothing by any means shall harm you. When you stand in the gap God assigns you to, God is fighting for you and with you, and you cannot lose. When you stand in the gap God assigns you to, you are surrounded with favor like a shield (see Ps. 5:12). He is your rear guard (see Isa. 52:12).
As I've said many times, God is not a one-issue God. There are many issues on God's heart, and He will place certain issues on our heart at certain times. He will call us to stand in the gap—a specific gap. Indeed, I believe God is always looking for someone to stand in the gap, just as He did in Ezekiel's day.
"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 so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one" (Ezek. 22:30, NLT).
If you are an intercessor, there's a gap for you to stand in. When you find that gap, you'll be the most effective in your intercessory prayer efforts. Remember, though, that although God may give you specific assignments for specific seasons, He's not a one-issue God.
As intercessors, it's easy enough to fall into that trap and miss His leading into other gaps in which He needs you to stand, sometimes even only temporarily.
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Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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