God asked the prophet to ‘stand in the gap’. (Ezekiel 22:30) God was asking for someone to step up to the edge of the earth, so to speak, and call out to heaven for the people. God was looking for that person to advocate for the salvation of the people, of their city, of their souls. Are you in the gap – between man and God – for the salvation of people?
God is the answer, and Jesus Christ is His ‘door’. Jesus said, ‘I am the door, and anyone who enters through me will be saved.’ (John 10:9)
Jesus taught us that if we repent of our sin (turn our back on it), and put our faith in Jesus for ‘forgiveness’, we will be saved. We will literally (not metaphorically or poetically) move into a new place in that moment of faith. We will ‘cross over from death to life.’ (John 5:24) We will step off the grid of ‘mortality’ into ‘immortality’. (2 Timothy 1:10) We will be standing in a safe place, now and forevermore. Have you stepped into the ‘life that is truly life’? (1 Tim 6:19)
Now, once we are in that space, in relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we can – and must – interface with God on behalf of others. We must ‘stand in the gap’ and ask God to bring his revelation of Jesus Christ to more people. We can stand and ‘pray’, and name those we love, and name those places we know, and those lands that need healing, and ask God, in the name of Jesus Christ, to pour out light and revelation of his gospel message – ‘the power of God for salvation.’ (Rm 1:16)
Are you standing in the gap for this hurting world? What an incredible life mission!
‘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)
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Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)