Your City Needs YOU!
“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. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
– Ezekiel 22:30-31
God was so angry at the people of Israel living in Jerusalem that He gave a long list of their sins. He didn’t post their sins on Facebook or Twitter where the post can be deleted. He wrote it in His Bible where people would read it for centuries to come. Ouch! Talk about a humiliating post! But these verses do not only tell me about the sins of the Israelites, it teaches me two very important principles.
First of all, it teaches me so much about the character of God. He didn’t want to destroy the city of Jerusalem. In fact, His heart is always for repentance, not destruction. In the story of Jonah, God sends Jonah to Nineveh to tell them to repent so that God would not destroy the city and the people living in it. Another amazing characteristic of God in the above passage is that He opens Himself up to us to pray, to seek, and to ask Him. He wants to listen and respond to our prayers and our pleas. This gives me great courage and boldness to come to Him with anything on my heart in prayer. I know when I pray, He listens and responds!
The second principle it teaches me is to pray on behalf of my city. In Jeremiah 27:7, God says to the people in exile, “Also, see the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you to exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” In the above passage, God essentially says the same thing. Basically, He’s willing to relent from destroying the city if He looked down and found ONE person praying on behalf of Jerusalem. The haunting and devastating issue is God found “NO ONE”. God did not find a single person praying on behalf of the city…that is so sad! And then, what does God do to the city? He destroys it.
We read about horrific violence in cities across our country. I often wonder…when God looks down on those cities, does He find people standing in the gap on behalf of those cities or does He find “NO ONE?” You and I play a vital role in the peace and prosperity of our cities in the United States. We can post our opinions on social media or we can PRAY. Our cities need us and need our prayers! God is looking for people to pray and stand in the gap on behalf of our cities. When He looks for people standing in the gap, does He find you? Our cities need YOU!!
Pray: Lord, today I pray for_____ (choose a major city today: Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, your city). I pray for Your Hand of Protection and peace for this city. I pray that you protect the lives and the businesses in the city. Bless the city with your Presence, Lord. Let today be the day of salvation for many in this city. Draw people’s hearts to You in this city and call missionaries to our cities and do a mighty work to Glorify Your Name in them. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Director of Women’s Ministry
First Baptist Broken Arrow