WHO WILL STAND IN THE GAP?

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We have seen in recent weeks how horrible it can become in a short time if a spirit of lawlessness and anarchy gains the upper hand!

In Ezekiel 22, evil was streaming into Israel like water through a gap in a dam wall. God then sought for a man who was prepared to stand in the gap and repair the wall, but He could not find even one! He had no choice than to scatter them among the nations!

Paul tells Timothy (in 1 Timothy 2:1-2), “…first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” And James says that the prayers of the righteous avail much!! If we believe this and live a righteous life ourselves, then we are truly the salt of the earth with power in our spirit and prayers. And then God will stop these spirits of lawlessness and anarchy.

In Exodus 17:11 it is written that “… when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.” The same applies to us. If we let our hands sink in unbelief, “throw in the towel”, and join the pavilion of those who can only criticize our President, the judiciary and those in authority who do their very best to fight the corruption and anarchy in our country, then these dark powers of lawlessness will prevail! But if we put all our confidence and trust in the Almighty God and His power, and pray for our country and those in authority, then we’ll “keep our hands up” and God will make sure that these evil powers are stopped!

While the people of Israel were captives, the Lord stirred up the spirit of king Cyrus of Persia to make a proclamation throughout all his kingdom to help the Jews. (Ezra 1:1.) In our days God will do the very same! He will stir up the spirit of those in authority and give them the power and authority to stand against these dark forces of lawlessness and anarchy, so that “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

It is our task to pray for our country and those in authority, and God is a rewarder of those who seek Him!

7 Responses

  1. josephine

    Indeed, that’s very very true! We must not rest until it’s over, we must continue praying. Mark 11 vs 24 says ” Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.” So our prayers are being answered right now. There is nothing to fear since we are always in our God’s wings. He promised that he will never forsake us.
    Evil spirits are always under the shoes of the Christians. Thanks so much 🙏🙏🙏

  2. Sandanassamy

    Dear brother
    Thanks for remembering us our task in this
    Earth and in Eternity.

  3. Isabella

    Thank you brother for your exhortation. Indeed we need to pray for our country and for the leaders so that we may lead a quite and peaceful life. When God is for us, who can be against us.

  4. Auchet

    “You can’t have bad thoughts for somebody you intercede for”, I heard in a Christian worship. Indeed, if I pray for the government, I have uplifting thoughts for them ! May God help our governments to take the rights decisions in these tuff times!

  5. Chris de Wet

    Thank you Tielman, — it is true that it lies in our nature to become despondent and “drop” our shoulders, but this will stir me up to be bold and stand in the gap, and pray and believe that God who is almighty will hear our prayers and respond, and strengthen me !

  6. George Oketch

    In every instance, we will always see the weaknesses of our government. However, if my intention is to find out the good, I will definitely find. I can then boldly pray for our government for it is God who has placed under them. Then my heart can be at rest irrespective of what people are saying.

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