#5430 – Stand in the Gap

Good morning people who petition God on behalf of those who stray from Him.

Exodus 32:9-14 NIV “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ ” Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

What would happen if we as leaders stood in the gap more for those who blatantly did the wrong thing in the eyes of God?

Moses could have easily given up on the children of Israel due to their relentless pull towards sin. Time and time again they rebelled against the God who had saved them and brought them out of slavery into freedom.

But he entered into a conversation with God where he interceded for them. He declared the truth to God in such a way that God listened. This is so powerful.

What is possible in our world today through our intercession on behalf of others?

It is God’s desire for us to not give up too easily. Let’s go to God in prayer, and then let’s go again and again.