Sunday, June 13, 2010

standing in the gap

Have you ever heard a sermon that really just touched your heart?
That is what this morning's message was like for me.
Pastor T was talking about "standing in the gap."
Standing in the gap means to go before God on others' behalf.
In order to stand in the gap you need to be faithful, unselfish, and persistent.
Faithful in believing God's will is best.
Unselfish in our motives for praying for others.
And persistent in our prayers by not giving up when things do not happen on our time table.
We all have a tendancy to just pray for the people in our circle,
but we need to develop a city-view, country-view,
even a world-view when it comes to lifting others up in prayer.
One thing that really convicted me was when the Pastor pointed out that this means that we also need to stand in the gap for our "enemies."
You know how there are just those people who rub you the wrong way?
And when something bad happens you think, "Well, what comes around, goes around," or "They are getting what they deserve."
This is where my toes started hurting;)
We are not supposed to think this way.
We are supposed to pray that God would bless them just like we do for our family.
Sometimes that is just REALLY hard to do.
Especially with those few people who live to make others miserable,
but God loves them just like he does everybody else.

I do not think I can really convey just how much this message convicted me and made me evaluate my prayer life.
I used to be one of those people that stood in the gap.
But somehow over the past few years, I have gotten into the horrible pattern of coming to God with a to-do list or "saving" the last 5 minutes before I go to sleep to actually pray.
I make excuses about being busy with school and work.
But that is all they are...excuses.
Prayer does not have to be complicated.
Prayer is anytime we spend with God.
There does not even have to be words;
He knows our hearts better than we do.
I am going to be working on my prayer life and hopefully become one of those that stands in the gap for others again.
If you have made it to the end of this post, thank you!
I hope that I made a little bit of sense and that you were blessed by it.
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  1. Great post! This has been on my mind for a while now. I need to spend more time praying for others than I do praying for me to get things, because if I was honest, that's what most of my "prayers" are - a Dear Santa list.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I feel like most of my time spent with God is a "Dear Santa" list too - I pray for things for myself and sometimes my family but standing in the gap? Not so much. Thanks for posting this - it really challenged me!

  3. Praying for those that have wronged me versus hating them has been a big help for me!

  4. I don't know why it seems to be such a problem that plagues believers, but I am deeply convicted by this too. Thank you for having the courage to admit that you do also.

    It always amazes me how quick I can be to have an opinion about something and plenty of words to back it up. Or just how many words I can come up with about absolute nonsense. But when it comes time to pray, I have nothing. It reminds me that we are to go to God with everything, first and foremost. Anger, frustration, excitement, pleas, praise - everything. But how often do I share those precious words with everyone BUT God...


    Thank you for writing this. God had a message to get out for sure! And I think those who needed to hear it most are here...