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We Need Intercessors

 

(Ezekiel 22:28-30) “Her prophets whitewashed all of these things through false visions and lying divinations. They kept on saying, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says…’, when the LORD has not spoken. The people of the land were vigorously oppressive and took possession of plunder by violence.”

“They’ve afflicted the poor and the needy and unjustly treated the foreigner. I sought for a man among them to build the wall and stand in the breach in my presence on behalf of the land so that it won’t be destroyed, but I found no one,”

 



Intercessors are those who stand in the gap between God’s wrath and the consequences of sin for any individual, church, generation, or nation. Though not to be taken lightly, it is also a vital part of our Christian walk. It is presenting a case before God to defend those who have willfully sinned, calling upon God’s love and compassion, assuring Him that people can repent and change.

Why do you think God could not find anyone to intercede in prayer for the land so that He would not bring His wrath upon it? It’s probably because they all knew what happens when you decide to stand in the gap for sinners. Imagine standing in the gap for a whole nation that has rejected God, raised up false religions, and false prophets, oppressed the poor, and used violence to take what they want when they want. Sounds like every nation in the world.

God was not asking for someone to preach to them, write worship songs, build a church, give to the poor, or start a bible study. He was first asking for someone to build a spiritual wall of defense against the enemy. And second, He was asking for that person to stand in the gap where the wall might be weak and remain in God’s presence.

He was simply asking for someone to admit the sins of the nation, the weaknesses, the things that are denying God’s laws, and to ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness. This is not a small task as it will humble you to the point that you will have to assume responsibility for the evil others are doing.

When interceding, you automatically move from the spotlight to the sidelines, even though you are still on the front lines. You stop thinking about your own needs and start to desperately seek the needs of others. Instead of focusing on receiving, you focus more on giving. And instead of worrying about your aches and pains, you become a vessel of healing for others.

Moses did this when God wanted to destroy the Hebrew nation for making an idol to worship. However, in the book of Ezekiel, not only is no one found to plead before God, but they ignored His warnings. As a result, Jerusalem was destroyed.

 


When Christ was on the cross, He was not only interceding for those who crucified Him, but aslo for us by taking upon himself all the sins of the world. We are not asked to pay for those sins anymore, but to remind God that they have been paid for and to claim His promises in the Bible.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are our peace, Prince of peace, He who breaks the spirit of the rulers, He who brings the princes of nothing, King forever and ever.
• Thank you, Father, for looking for someone to stand in the gap and intercede for Your people.
• Thank You, for Jesus, who now intercedes for us every time we fall into sin.
• Forgive us for not answering the call to pray for mercy on behalf of Your people.
• Forgive us for not caring enough to stand in the gap.
• Give us today the heart of Christ to love those who don’t deserve to be loved.
• We ask that you forgive our nation that is forgetting Your laws, inflicting oppression upon the poor and helpless, and using violence to steal and plunder.
• Heal our nation from continuing to call good what is evil and calling evil what is good.
• Teach us how to build the Spiritual wall, recognize the breach, and stay in Your presence.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

 

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    31 October 2023 @ 19:19

    AMEN ! 🙏🙌👏👍🌹

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