The prophet Ezekiel gives us the words of the Lord in Ezekiel 22: 30
“I looked for a man 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 none.”
Although this verse deals with the sins of Jerusalem, I believe that we can apply it directly to our lives. It is a sad verse because Jerusalem was in a bad and horrible state and the Lord was saying through the prophet Ezekiel that He was searching for someone who would intercede for Jerusalem and do what was necessary for her salvation. When He looked He found no one who would intercede for the nation and the city.
There are times when we know people that are struggling. Because of circumstances in their lives….we need to prayer for others. We need to hold them up and encourage them. They might not be able to pray for themselves because of their situation. That is when I believe God calls Christians to especially pray on behalf of others. This kind of praying requires commitment on the part of the person doing the praying. It is not just a quick one time prayer, but rather a request that is brought before the Lord many times until the person being prayed for sees results.
I consider it an honor and a duty to be able to stand in the gap for those who are unable, for whatever reason, to pray for themselves. It is my hope that you will take very seriously the honor that you have of standing in the gap and praying for other people. Stand in the gap for your wife, for your children and for others.
Be Strong. Act Like Men.