Is Looking for Intercessors
searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap
before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no
God looks for those whose hearts are prepared to be intercessors before Him.
Intercessors have hearts in tune with God's heart. They are so acutely aware of
what is at stake, for their land, that they will stay before God as long as
necessary in order to obtain God's answer. That is why you do not volunteer to
be an intercessor. God enlists you.
Why do we not intercede as we should? Perhaps we are afraid to put God to the
test. We worry that God might not answer our prayers. Yet God promises that if
we ask, we will receive (Matt. 7:7). We may
fail to intercede because we believe the busyness of our everyday lives is more
effective than prayer. Jesus warned that apart from Him, we can do nothing
Without being intimately acquainted with God and His will, all of our labors are
futile. Perhaps we fail to intercede because we misunderstand the heart of God.
Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem as He interceded for it (Matt. 23:37). If
we truly have God's love within us, we will feel compelled to plead with God on
behalf of those who face His imminent judgment.
Intercession is a lonely business. There may be many days or even years when
there appear to be few results for your labor. Yet intercessors can be the only
ones standing between a family and God's judgment, or between an individual or
nation and God's wrath.—Experiencing God Day by Day