02 Nov

Standing in the Gap

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Standing in the gap, I have read this so many times over the years.
I bought myself a womens bible when I was going through a hard time at the age of 30, a daily devotional and guide through scripture. They day I ran across this it was pinned to my heart forever, my bookmark permanently landed there and I highlighted it.
During those years I fought and searched for answers to life’s tough questions.
I was in a very difficult marriage then, the relationship began in a haze of addiction and tried to take flight many times but never stayed up. My son was born and we tried to build a home but the right building blocks were not there. This became and exhausting game that was played and sadly did not end well.
I knew that my son was not of age but in the place we lived he had begun to absorb things from our environment. The anger, spilled frequently, the words  hurled like stones, the tears could not be hidden nor could the fear.
When I realized that I was largely on my own raising two kids, with aging parents, a failing marriage, school, work, my struggling body, all crashing on me daily, I understood needed help and this fit the bill.
I did not know then how many times I would have to stand in the gap, it is a place I have come to know well. It is there that the bridge from my hear to God is formed. He loves us and hears us.
We as Believers in God all stand in the gap ever day, when we pray for others.
It is easy to stand in the gap for someone you love but what about the opposite?
Lately my prayer takes me to a place of deep questions. The evil present in this world brings me to tears. I have always had an empathetic heart and one that loved everything and everyone.maglia manchester city
Sadly it is not always returned to me, actually sometimes my compassionate heart makes people hate me.
So I stand in the gap for them too. Pray for your enemies the Bible says.
The final line of this says “I unconditionally love”, but do we?
The normal defense in a human is to fight back but the meek in heart will inherit the kingdom of God.
So in meekness today I stand in the gap for unbelievers, for the unborn, for the oppressed, for my enemies, for the lost. And there I will pray, Lord don’t let me waver, and the enemy does seek to destroy.
The gap is the only bridge to God for the non believers, how can we stand in the gap when we stand in a place of judgement?
Each day I ask God to be in my heart, be in my mouth, be in my mind, be in my hands.
In the beautiful light of our Saviors forgiveness we can can find the gap, we can pray for the world.
If I had a dime for each time I’ve been told, “Marla you can’t save the world”.
Really?
Watch me.
I am standing in the gap today for you reader. No matter where you are in your life you too can find the grace of God and forgiveness, but only when you seek to find it.
The road less traveled is the one with the most challenges and is not for the faint of heart, but it is the one paved with peace and love.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
Blessings,
Marla

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