WAR – IT ONLY TAKES ONE
“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, …” – Ezekiel 22:30
STAND & PLEAD
The Bible shows us that you—just one person—can make a difference in the world! It also indicates God is looking for those who will stand before Him–between the person in need and the throne–and plead their case. How many situations are there today, where the Lord is looking for just one disciple of Jesus to turn the tide of sin’s hideous destruction?
God is not looking for a professional intercessor, just a person who cares enough to stand before Him on behalf of people who cannot stand for themselves. When that happens Jesus, the perfect Advocate, affirms our petition, receives it, and answers it. Then the power of God is released to places where devastation is in process and God’s redemption is needed and welcomed. And it only takes one.
Today, we find ourselves in the midst of so many crises – pandemic, inflation, youth suicides, Russia-Ukrainian war and more. Perhaps it is time to call for “war on the kingdom of darkness.” Is God telling you to launch a prayer attack on these death sources, pressing into the realm where spiritual conflict is fought?
“For we… wrestle…against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts (armies) of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12 ISV
If we respond to the call to “war” by wrestling in prayer to see the overthrow of the works of hell we will see results. Prayer is effective and successful. If someone will stand in the gap and lay hold of what it is that needs to be bridged, the power of God will make a complete circuit, and God’s intended purpose will be accomplished.
Ask the Lord to give you a specific assignment. Receive that assignment in obedience and act on it in faith. Speak God’s Word in prayer and call upon Him in the face of the looming issue. Many Christians consider themselves disqualified because they feel, “Well, this is too big for me” or “I don’t know anything about it.”
The importance element is our obedience and praying in accordance with the revelation of God’s Word. This action of faith addresses the situation according to God’s Word and believes God for breakthrough at a specific local, national, or international dimension.
The average believer in Jesus Christ never learns to pray beyond the circle of their own personal or family needs. If you suggest they pray for something such as a national or an international issue. They don’t have any real conviction that what they are doing makes a difference. Yet, there are people who, for many years, prayed for the dissolving of the Iron Curtain, and today it has come down. The Bible says we are to pray for these larger issues.
It takes a particular readiness of faith to address them. Then God moves according to what He said He would do when His people take their position in prayer with boldness and faith.
The promise stands good on Heaven’s side, awaiting our response. Faith is obeying God’s rule. Faith isn’t a feeling. Faith is an action. When we pray, in obedience to the Word, there comes the promised result giving Him glory.
The Lord is looking for people who will apply His Word to the matters locally or internationally they confront, as the Holy Spirit speaks to them about specific situations.
You and I have the power to decide the spiritual and social climate in the local community in which we live, and then beyond that to our state, our nation, and the world. This is our starting place as functioning agents of the Kingdom of God—to respond in faith to the Holy Spirit’s assignments, and to pray and invite Heaven’s rule
into specific situations on Earth.
The Bible says, “… The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16
The fervency of prayer is a passionate prayer that is confident of certain fulfillment. It is based upon the surety of God’s partnership and confidence in Him bringing His kingdom power into our world as we pray.
Pastor Jack reminds us, “We are never to surrender to circumstance, sickness, or suffering … but we are to surrender ourselves to God.” As you pray with faith and belief, the Holy Spirit continues to work until the righteous purpose of God has prevailed.
As the Church of Jesus Christ, we are called to exercise the privilege of our role as intercessors – believing God’s promises, speaking His Word, and praying in faith to see social peace, justice, and spiritual opportunity manifest throughout our world.
“Remember three things. First, God is good and God does good. He cannot be otherwise” – James 1:13
Secondly, sin, flesh, and Satan have fouled up mankind and the world. The many things which wring the joy out of life do not proceed from God. They are the result of a fallen race reaping the harvest of its own sowing, accented by specific operations of the prince of evil.
Thirdly, you and I can help decide which of these two things—blessing or cursing—happens on earth, and prayer is the determining factor. The fact is, if we don’t pray,
He won’t do anything.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” (Luke 11:2). The Lord tells us, in essence, “It’s up to you. If heaven’s will and power are to be worked on earth, you have to ask for it.”
Let us learn to steward our intercessory privilege with sensitivity and to respond as He calls us to be the ones who stand in the gap.