Devotions By Jan

In the Gap

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Scripture for Today: Ezekiel 22:30 “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.”

I am not often in England, but when I am, two warning signs have proved very important: “Look Right,” and “Mind The Gap.”  When crossing a street it is automatic for me to look left for oncoming traffic.  As the British drive on the other side, I need to remember to check the opposite direction!  The sign, “Mind The Gap” warns the rail passenger to watch their step.  It is too easy to fall into that space between the station platform and the train.

There is another gap in today’s verse that is much more serious.  It is the gap between God’s righteous wrath and the wicked.  The Sovereign Lord looks for those who are willing to stand in this gap and by their prayers be an intercessor on behalf of their land.  We are told to make petition and prayer, intercession and thanksgiving for all people, including the wicked who are in authority. (I Tim. 2:1-2)

God’s wrath is sure to come on all who reject Him.  For now He stays His hand as He is not willing that any perish but that all come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)  Of all the roles I could take to affect change, the most important is to stand in that gap with prayers for our leaders.  I feel powerless to change things or stem the tide of wickedness because I am powerless!  But I have the ear of the One with all the power!  Praying for our leaders, wicked or not, is a responsibility He asks of me.

Lord, keep me faithful in prayer.

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