Standing in the Gap

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

— 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NKJV)

One of the most basic mandates for the Christian is to pray for the government. God intends His church to exercise a decisive influence for good in the affairs of the nations.


Standing in the Gap

One man's prayer, Daniel’s, was decisive in a major spiritual battle, involving all of God's people Israel. Just one man!

God said in Ezekiel 22:30-31: "I sought for a man among them who would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath."

"If I could have found one man in all the nation," God said, "I could have spared them." Think of it! One man could have turned the tide for a whole nation. Yet there was not even one man willing to do it.

God is looking for a man! And when I say a man, I mean a man. It is about time that Christian men started acting like men. I do not say this to criticise the ladies, because it is the men’s fault. [NOTE: Derek always acknowledged that the strength and unity of his marriage and ministry lay in his shared prayer life with both his wives, Lydia and then Ruth. In his teaching on Women in the Church (see here, here and here) he specifically lists intercession as a ministry that is open to women.]

I am firmly convinced that men have abdicated from their three main responsibilities—as husbands, fathers and spiritual leaders. God is looking for a man, one man to stand in the breach and make up a wall. If He cannot find one, things will go the way of Israel under the old covenant. The issue is up to you! If you cannot see it, may God open your eyes. And if you do not acknowledge your personal responsibility, may God grant you to repent. [NOTE: Derek was referring specifically to American men in this case but the message can apply to men of other nationalities too, as the Holy Spirit leads.]

May we see our responsibility, and pick it up, to pray seriously and intelligently for our government in these difficult times!


PRAYER

Father, I thank You for opening my eyes to the importance of praying for the government. Thank You that I now see more clearly that our fight is not against flesh and blood, not against the government, and that my role is not to criticise, but to pray. Please make me an instrument of Your peace and transform me into an intercessor, so that Your glory may be seen in my country. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


These messages are taken from Derek Prince's book, Praying for the Government, available in our webshop here. For further study, we also recommend his book, Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting, available here.