Ezekiel 22: 30 – I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. God’s eyes are looking eyes. He sought for the sheep that was lost. God’s eyes are looking at the one that will diligently seek Him. 2 Chronicles 16: 9 – For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. What is He looking for? He needs a man or a woman to stand in the gap and to build a wall. On one side, sin and iniquities are increasing. God is a just God and He must punish sin and He must judge. Therefore, God wants a person to stand between sin and God’s judgment. Three duties:
1. He should stand before God and the people.
2. He needs to close the gap of sin in the nation, city, church, and family.
3. He needs to ask for healing and revival for the land.
For the whole forest to be set ablaze, one match stick is enough. God is looking for one fire brand man.
In Scotland: John Knox was born to a middle class farmer in Southern Scotland. His father wanted him to become a Roman Catholic priest and he accomplished it. But his Heavenly Father had a different plan. He drew him to a living faith in Christ; used him in bringing a revival. The revival spread to Germany, France, Switzerland, Scotland, and England. He said: Give me Scotland or I die.”
In Wales: Evan Roberts – When he was 16 years, the burden for the land caught him. He stood on his knees. He forsook all: food, sleep, comfortable life. He would fast for weeks. His mother would take food every day but he would not eat. The Holy Spirit came upon him and through him God shook the Nation of Wales.
In America: D.L. Moody was a young man when he heard God’s call while listening to a fiery preacher. With just 5th grade education, he worked in a shoe store, selling shoes. He touched many children, women, and bridged the gap between denominations all over America.
William Seymour: Born to slaves; very poor childhood. He received God’s call. Placing a shoe box on his head, he prayed for hours. God used him to bring Azusa revival. (Street revival in Los Angeles) His last words were, “I love my Jesus so…” He was faithful till the end.
In Ecc 9: 14, 15 – There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. The great prophet Samuel said, if I do not pray, I will sin. 1 Sam 12: 23 – Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Isaiah 59: 16 – He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.
1. Jesus for everyone on earth: He prayed night and day. Lk 22: 44 – and being in agony, He prayed more earnestly; then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Heb 5: 7 – Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him, who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear. He prayed in John 17: 20- 26 – for all believers. His final prayer was the cross. He brought reconciliation. Eph 2: 16, And that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death enmity. He is still interceding for us. Rom 8: 34 – Who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Heb 7: 25 – Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
2. Moses for the children of Israel: Ps 106: 22, 23 – Wondrous works in the land of Ham, terrible things by the Red Sea. Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses, His chosen one stood before Him in the breach,to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them. The children of Israel were grumbling and complaining. They made an idol and worshiped it and celebrated with feasting. They drank, committed adultery with the Moabite women. God wanted to make Moses a great nation but wanted to destroy the children of Israel. Moses pleaded with God and God relented. Exo 32: 11-14 – Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against your people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, “I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever. “ So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.
3. Abraham for Sodom: Gen 18: 20, 21- And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.” Gen 18: 18 Since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? Vs. 24, 25 – 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? Far 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?” Vs. 26, So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Vs. 32 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” Lot was a righteous man. God spoke to him through His angel about the coming destruction. He did nothing. He did not intercede. Still God remembered Abraham. He called Lot and his family out of Sodom and he destroyed Sodom.
To pray for our cities, churches to be saved is our duty as believers. On Independence Day, Pastor Paul Yonggi cho called for prayer for their Nation. In the sports arena, 10 lakhs of people came to pray from morning till evening without a break. That is why there is revival. In India, on August 15th many churches have whole day fasting prayer and thousands of people flock to intercede. That is why the churches there, are overflowing. When is the last time we prayed with God’s people for our nation, United States of America on July 4th which is her Independence Day? America must be saved and God is looking for a man to stand in the gap and build a wall!