As intercessors, our role in the kingdom of God is to stand in the gap for the people of God (leaders, churched, unchurched, loved ones, all nations, etc).
What is standing in the gap?
Standing in the gap is being between situations or circumstances of those we are called to pray for. The person’s circumstance may be telling us one thing and we have to refuse that matter in the spirit and stand with what the Word of God is saying about the person. This means that we could find ourselves as intercessors traveling back and forth from point A to point B and from point B to point A . Point A being the current circumstance and Point B being the promise of God in the Word of God about the person.
How do we then stand in the gap by doing this exercise? A gap is space between two components. For us not to fall in between these two components, we have to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what word is lacking in the current situation that will help build the person or that will help change the situation. As we speak that word, that word becomes a bridge that will help transport them to the promises of God. Through intercession or through declarations, we then become bridges and place ourselves in the gap for the people of God. The words we speak are spirit and they are life. God created the world through the words He spoke in Genesis 1. These words came into existence. In the beginning was the Word (The Son), the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Nothing was created except through Him. He was the Word, He became flesh and He dwelt amongst us. Jesus is the Word of God. The words we speak are spirit and they are life.
Through the words we speak which some are the promises of God and others are inspired by the Holy Spirit, we can build bridges for the people of God as intercessors. We don’t have to involve ourselves in their matters in the physical realm but in our prayer closets we can pray and speak the Word of God in their lives. We can create bridges and walls through the words that come out of our mouths and those words will not return to us void, they will accomplish all we send them to do. The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing.
As we intercede for loved ones, we must build walls of protection, we must build bridges for them to move from current to promised lands. We can only do this if we ourselves as intercessors have a relationship with the Word of God. We must speak and declare in Christ as we build these bridges for the people to know God. In Isaiah 57:14 God says, “Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so My people can return from captivity.” Intercessors, that is our duty. To constantly build bridges, gaps or walls for the people of God – for them to encounter God. We build by declaring the Word of God, confirming the promises of God to souls and taking them by hand to lead them and help them walk with Christ Jesus who is the Lover of our souls.
Humility, compassion and love are vital for us as intercessors as we are in the gap for the people of God. This will keep us in partnership with the Holy Spirit and He will guide us on how to pray. Through our humble and broken spirits, He will find others in our prayers. The high and lofty One who lives in eternity says in Isaiah 57:15, “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.”
Lord, may we not take Your glory or miss Your work as You intercede through us as Your intercessors.