Standing in the gap

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man, Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Timothy 2:5

the-gapWhat is a mediator? The dictionary defines it as: One that mediates, especially one that reconciles differences between disputants. (free dictionary online) In the scripture above it tells us that “the mediator” in the New Testament is Jesus. Unfortunately there was a separation between mankind and God because of sin. That sin originated from Adam’s disobedience to God. There were two parties that were not able to communicate directly so there needed to be someone to speak for both of them. Jesus was and still is that mediator. He is the ultimate intercessor for us all and still prays for us right now in heaven.

Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. ~ Hebrews 7:25

In the Old Testament Moses was the mediator between God and the people of Israel.

Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them. ~ Psalm 106:23

If it wasn’t for Moses choosing to stand between God and men to help turn away God’s wrath God would have destroyed them. But because God is forgiving and merciful He listened to Moses. Moses was a type of shadow of what Jesus would be for us when He came.

Have you ever heard people say let’s “stand in the gap” and pray?

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge , and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. ~ Ezekiel 22:30

In this scripture the Lord was speaking to Ezekiel and He was looking for someone who could intercede for Israel because of the horrible things they were doing. God told Ezekiel to tell them He found none so unfortunately God’s wrath fell upon them.

In present times, occasionally people still say “let’s stand in the gap and pray” but we need to realize that we have the one perfect mediator in heaven praying constantly already.  The truth is there is no gap now. There is no need for us to stand in His place. Jesus closed the gap between God and man. That is the reason He now lives inside of us. We need to help people realize this truth. Praying an Old Testament scripture is taking away from the work Jesus did on the cross for us.

Feel confident that you have an amazing person interceding for you for your best interest. He doesn’t get tired of praying and He believes you can do it. Now if you can believe in yourself too you will be cooperating with God’s will.