Sharings of ladies who attended the class:
Standing in the Gap (In Prayer)
In Ezekiel 22:30 The Lord says, “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.”
The word picture painted in this verse is that of a wall with a hole or a gap in it. A “wall” was the best means of protection in ancient times. A breach in the wall would let the enemy through. If there was a breach in the wall, defenders would have to swarm to that location and hold the breach.
The “gap” would need to be repaired as soon as possible. If a breach were left unattended or unrepaired, the city would fall. It also represents the danger facing Jerusalem (family).
The phrase “but I found no one” does not mean that there was not a single godly man, but not one of such a pure, strong, and commanding character that his intercessions might avert the threatened distraction of the enemy.
The Lord reminded me to follow A.C.T.S. in praying for my husband and for my family.
-rejoice in God’s character
-confess everything before God
-express gratitude to God
-ask God fervently
Also, God reminded me that if I want to effectively stand in the gap and pray for my husband, I need to keep myself pure and be bold to earnestly seek His righteousness.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful topic sis @Brenda C. !
Unconfessed sins, unknowingly and knowingly committed, keeps us from experiencing breakthroughs in our relationship with God. Unanswered prayers are sometimes due to these sins that keep us from approaching our God who is pure and holy. A heavy heart, a clouded mind keeps us from a victorious life. To experience a breakthrough in my spiritual life, I need to come before the Lord, ask Him to reveal all sins, deliberate sins, hidden sins, forgotten sins, as far back as He will reveal, and ask Him to forgive me—create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Psalm 50:14). It takes sacrifice, a relinquishment of what we think we deserve, our entitlement. It is an offering, a dying to self, to praise God while still suffering. It is to thank Him despite ourselves and our tendencies. It is to express our gratitude already by faith for what He has yet to do, what we have yet to see. Patiently and painfully waiting, trusting His heart to give us His best.
I learned that I need to ask the Lord to teach me to look at my husband again with compassion… overlook his faults and turn them over to God and see his offenses as a ploy, the trap of the enemy. I need to always remember who the real enemy is and see my husband as the oppressed, not the oppressor. But in all these, fix my eyes on the Lord, shore up my faith, anchor my identity on Him, and put on the FULL armor of God. Prepare and arm myself for battle for I am my husband’s and my children’s defender. In this time of marital crisis and attack against my family, the enemy will steal, kill, and destroy if I don’t cover my home with aggressive prayers. As the anointed wife and appointed helpmeet of my wounded husband, it is not just optional, it is not only advisable, but imperative that I stand in the gap, strong, firm, and with God’s enabling, for my husband and my children.
It’s like patching the hole in the wall. Wall stands as our fortress and protection. If the wall is weak and has a hole on it, it will be vulnerable to the enemy, so we need to stand in the gap.
Most importantly, repent from all our sins; it can be used by the enemy and it is also a hindrance for God to work on what we are praying for. Most of the time God is speaking to us, but because of our heart is not aligned to God, we cannot hear His voice.
Pray unceasingly. Pray in everything with supplication and thanksgiving. Pray for healing and deliverance. Cutting off generational curse, bondage of sins, sickness, illness.
Pray! Pray! Pray! Even you feel tired that you cannot see God’s hands moving. Pray! Let the Holy Spirit speak. Our tears will not go in vain. God hears us through our tears. He sees our hearts.
Guard our posts as the wife and the other half of our husbands!
Do not let the enemy fill the gap of our marriage. Let us be the first and always available “soldier” of God to fill the gaps. And fill the gap with prayer and supplication!
Pray unceasingly! Do not ever give up! Give thanks to the Lord in all circumstances.
God is a God of YES AND AMEN! And NO MAN can say no!
Pray for breakthroughs in our walk with God!
Pray for our breakthroughs in our marriage!
Pray to God to resurrect our dead marriage through Jesus’ power of Resurrection!
I decree, I declare, I claim, I proclaim, I stand in the gap that ALL our marriages will be restored in the mighty name of Jesus! AMEN!
We are to stand in the gap and intervene on behalf of our husband, children and others. We are to take heart for God sees our tears (Psalm 56:8). Pray the ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication); pray at all times.
Because I am the other half of my husband, I will not stop praying for his salvation, I will persevere until he will turn his eyes to God and repent. I will pray unceasingly even if it will take years before my prayers are answered because I Trust God for His right timing and perfect will.
As a wife and mother, I can intercede in prayer for my husband and children.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and our tears are precious to him. He hears our prayers.
Pray unceasingly until your prayers are answered. I learned about the principle of “sacrifice of thanksgiving,” which makes us thank the Lord in advance, or thank Him even our prayers are not yet answered. Psalm 116:17 “ I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.”
I must be persistent in my prayer, but should ask the Holy Spirit that my prayer be aligned to the will of God. Pray using A.C.T.S. that I can intercede to pray for my husband, children, also other people (e.g, leaders, country and the whole world). I need to have quiet time with the Lord to hear His voice; know that God answers, it is a yes, no or wait; and even if it is a “no,” I must still thank the Lord for everything for His plan for me is not to harm me, but to give me hope and a future. Praying unceasingly is a must, also must confess to come clean before the sight of God. Through prayer, I can fill in the gap, for the transformation, salvation of my husband and my children if I will aggressively pray and ask the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.
To stand in the gap by prayer is a powerful tool of communication between God and our loved ones. As we plead mercy from the Lord, we are most blessed for allowing ourselves to be used for His glory and that God’s grace will be delivered through us to our family especially to our spouses.
As a believer of Jesus, we must not only follow Him but serve like Him Who intercedes to the Father for people who need prayers the most.
There is Nothing IMPOSSIBLE to a Sovereign God and to a praying wife. Prayer can move mountains. This lesson helps me to understand more my part as a WIFE in standing in my post in my marriage. Claiming and declaring all the prayers, praying unceasingly, and knowing God’s promises to hold on to; in God’s perfect time, His Will be done. Claiming this ahead and thanking God for everything.
We are fighting against the unseen enemy. For us wives, the best help that we can give to our husbands is to pray for them without ceasing.
It is a calling to intercede as it opens the door for God’s power to work in my husband and the other woman’s life. God is asking us to never give up, step in and stand in the gap for their deliverance and salvation.
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 destroyed it, but I found no one.
On his behalf, praying that our husband may genuinely repent and be delivered from sin. I as wife, will stand in the gap and intercede for God’s mercy in an unceasing prayer through the form of ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) and in God’s perfect time, reap the victory with our God in Jesus’ mighty name.
Prayer is the most important food for our soul not only for us but for our husbands or children or loved ones. Always pray unceasingly so as not to fall into the trap of the enemy. Always guard ourselves with prayers.. In Jesus Name… confess everyday, every minute, or every second if possible and ask for His forgiveness, coz only God knows what we want and only GOD can forgive us. Thanks Sis @Brenda C. for today’s Bible Study, soooo blessed ️️
-means you are pleading for God’s Mercy
-interceding for people living in sin
-that we should always take heart for God sees our tears
– use ACTS format in praying effectively
-always pray with conviction
Compiled By Joy A
Proofread by Brenda