All God requires of us is in any given situation that requires supernatural power and intelligence, be it an individual matter or a global matter, is to stand in the gap. When we do so, He makes power and intelligence available to us to accomplish anything that needs to be accomplished on the planet and today, we have a planet that is groaning.
Standing in the gap means to align ourselves with God, internally. In my mind, the phrase “stand in the gap” is to believe or to agree with God. The scriptures say elsewhere “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 toward him.” He is the one doing the show of strength, not us. He does not need our strength, just our agreement. He created us to need and to use His ability, by standing in the gap.
There can be no divine intervention in our lives and our societies unless there is at least one human being standing in the gap before God. He has delegated authority on this planet to us and even if we destroy ourselves and it, He will never intervene unless a human being stands in the gap. Now, we can be certain that the intervention of God is certain even if we fail to get our acts together because there is a Man in the gap – Jesus Christ – who does not have the ability as other men to stop being loyal to God because God and Humanity are one in Him. This Man has delegated his authority and made His power available to believers in Him and we are not doing a very good job right now.
Ike, one of the commenters on this blog stated, “The steps of God from mercy to judgement are slow, reluctant and measured.” God seeks every opportunity for mercy. At the request of a man who was neither a citizen nor resident of Sodom and Gomorrah, God was ready to spare those cities if even the fewest number of righteous people were found there. In the book of Ezekiel, God recounted the abominable sins of His people and even after that He was reluctant to pour judgement saying, “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.”
One man standing in the gap is all that is needed to save an individual or a society and turn the tide, any tide. You can stand in the gap. Will you stand in the gap? Hey, you may die standing in the gap but how else do you want to die? Standing on the sidelines?