10x365:Standing in the Gap
"And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none." - Ezekiel 22:30
We often find ourselves selfishly praying for ourselves. Our. wants. Our needs. Our own desires. No judgement, I'm guilty of it too. But Ezekiel 22:30 suggests that God is looking for people, today, who will "stand in the gap" for others. We all have gaps in our relationship with God because of sin. We are human. But we also have the privilege of placing ourselves in those breaches and praying for others.
If our prayers are only petitions to God for our own wants and needs and are void of intercession, that makes a statement about our own character. I've discovered, in 2018, that the more I'm delivered from selfishness and become selfless I am more inclined to pray for others.
Praying for others is like sowing seeds in the ground. Galatians 6:7 says that we only reap what we sow. Which means we must sow a seed in order to reap a harvest. Sowing seeds into the lives of others (not necessarily monetary) is a sure way to reap a harvest in our own lives. Each time you step outside of yourself and your petitions, and choose to pray for someone else, you ensure your own deliverance, blessings, and success.
In 2019, let's consider giving up what we want and need and go to God on behalf of someone else. If you want to be a success, help someone else succeed by praying for them. Find someone that needs prayer in the same area of life that you do. For example, if you want your ministry to succeed pray for someone else's ministry. If you want your business to flourish, pray for someone else's business. If you want a successful marriage, pray for someone else's marriage. Whatever you need is tied into your ability to be selfless and pray for someone else.
In this day and age, we are all tempted to judge others. We find ourselves on the never-ending rumor mill, gossiping about other's misfortunes when we have some of our own. But, judging others only leaves us in bondage. Give people the gift of prayer in 2019 instead of judgement. Stand in the gap for them as often as you can. Be a blessing to someone else and speed up the progress toward the fulfillment of your own destiny.
This year (2018), I made a commitment to God. I promised Him that I would thank Him for what I already had instead of selfishly asking for more. My prayer time this year has been spent thanking God as opposed to begging him. Each day, (with a few missed here and there), I took time to write down ten (10) things I was thankful for. Instead of waking up and asking for a good day, I woke up and simply thanked him for the activity of my limbs. I thanked him for choosing to breathe life into my body one more time. I thanked him for ways made, doors opened, food, clothing, shelter, finances, the ability to live, laugh and love. Even when I endured one of the most depressing moments in my life I still woke up and thank Him for not allowing my mind to wander. I thanked Him for the healing I hadn't even received yet.
On this last day of 2018, I have thanked God for 3,650 things that I would have otherwise taken for granted if I had been so fixated on constantly asking for more.
So, I want to encourage you all to do the same. When you go before God this coming year, choose to be selfless…stand in the gap for someone else and simply thank Him for what you already have. Sow seeds into your own destiny.