Standing in the Gap
Hebrew 6556 – Making up the hedge, standing in place of; bridging the gap
Abraham stood in the gap for the people of Sodom. He pleaded with God not to
destroy the righteous with the wicked, and bargained with God for mercy (Gen 18:
23-33). We learned from Abraham that all is not final and we can ask and God is
willing to spare when we intervene.
Moses stands in the gap for those worshipping the molten image; and even Aaron,
his brother. God would have destroyed them all (Deut 9:7-29).
Phinehas stood in the gap to stop the plague, by destroying the ones sinning
against God (Num 25:7-13, Ps 106:28-31).
David stood in the gap to stop the plague which he caused by numbering the
people of Israel (I Chr 21:1, 11-20).
We are supposed to stand in the gap and warn others (I Sam 12:13-25, Ezek 3:17-
We are supposed to stand in the gap for our land (country) even though evil is
around, we can cry out to God to heal our land (II Chr 7:14). Notice, God said, “If
My people, who are called by My name” which means He is not looking to the evil,
but to the righteous, to cry out. In I Tim 2:1-4 we are exhorted to pray, make
intercession for all authority over us, so we can live peaceable lives in goodness
Remember God doesn’t want any to perish…(II Pet 3:9), He wants us to intercede
Jesus tells us to pray for those who spitefully use us (Matt 5:44, Luke 6:28).
Jesus on the cross, prayed for the people against Him (Luke 23:34).
Stephen prayed for forgiveness for the people stoning him (Acts 7:60).
When one person prays for another, they are standing in the gap. When we pray
for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps 122:6) we are standing in the gap for the Israelite
people so that they can come to know their Messiah and be saved. We have to
remember their eyes are blinded right now and they need mercy.
Remember God rewards those who stand in the gap. In Gen 12:3a God said, He
will bless them that bless Abraham.