PRAY FOR THE NATION!
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30).
The third prayer point which God gives is “Stand in the gap and pray for the Nation.” When the sin is on the increase, a nation moves towards destruction and God’s wrath. “….sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Certain sins lead to death and some others even reach heaven.
People who advocate gay marriage invite the wrath of God. The gay relationship is a disastrous lust which satan brings. When the Lord resorted to destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, He rained brimstone and fire on them from the heavens (Genesis 19:24). The eyes of God are in search of the prayer warriors who would kneel and pray to stop the nations from moving towards destruction and turn them move towards God. Thomas, a disciple of Christ visited India and shed his blood for its sake. So many missionaries from abroad died in India as seeds of wheat.
Just meditate the prayer of Abraham who pleaded for Sodom. “Would you also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would you also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Be it from you to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:23-25).
Moses stood on the gap and pleaded for the children of Israel who murmured stubbornly. “Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by your might you brought these people up from among them. ….. Now if you kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of your fame will speak, saying, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring these people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.’
And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as you have spoken, saying, ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression” (Numbers 14:13-18).
God sympathised, on hearing the prayer of Moses. He said, “I have pardoned, according to your word” (Numbers 14:20). If Moses had not pleaded, the entire wilderness of Sinai would have stenched with the corpses of the Israelites. Dear children of God, pray forraising of servants of God like Abraham and Moses who pleaded for the nation are raised.
To meditate: “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death and He was numbered with the transgressors and He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12).