“I LOOKED FOR A MAN 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 NONE” (Ezekiel 22:30*).
God says “I looked for “a” man (or “a” woman)…” When most employers advertise a post, they are looking for “THE” man or “THE” woman for the job. But, God is looking for somebody, anybody, (within His Body) to take up this role. He promised that if we intercede, he will not destroy our land, but save it, because of our prayers.
NATIONS ARE NOT DESTROYED BECAUSE OF A MULTITUDE OF SINNERS, BUT BECAUSE THERE IS NO ONE RIGHTEOUS, WHO IS WILLING TO INTERCEDE.
If you are reading this today, it is because God is inviting you to accept this role. There are many vacancies in the contemporary Church in the department of intercession – a role which is unpaid, unpopular, unglamorous, requires discipline, hard work; and goes unnoticed, except by God (Matthew 6:6 …your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you).
I BELIEVE THAT MANY CHURCHES HAVE PRAYER (OR INTERCESSORY) TEAMS, SO THAT THE REST OF THE CHURCH CAN OPT OUT OF PRAYING SERIOUSLY. But God says “My House will be called a house of prayer…” (Isaiah 56:7). He doesn’t say a room in My house will be dedicated to prayer, but that His house (meaning every disciple of Jesus) would be dedicated to prayer. Therefore God has not exempted any member of the church from this unglamorous role. We are ALL counted within His Royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). Neither has He excluded us from His prayer team, on the basis of our membership of other more “hands-on” services.
In the gospels, we are told about Martha who preferred to serve people, rather than wait on Jesus, unlike her sister Mary (Luke 10:38-42). When Martha complained to Jesus, He did not get Mary to join Martha’s “set-up team”. Instead He told Mary “only ONE thing is NEEDED” (Luke 10:42). Perhaps you need to hear this today – Jesus NEEDS only one thing from you – your time alone with Him (intimacy). This is why He died.
Whenever God’s people have accepted their corporate role of intercession, God has displayed His Power (2 Chronicles 20:13-14, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 12:5-7). Remember, God does not move by the might, or power of men, but by the Dunamis Power of the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
Indeed the most powerful church today (the church in South Korea), is known for being a praying church – for being a church which is the prayer team. South Korea which is ranked 25th in the world in terms of population-size, contains eleven of the world’s twelve largest Christian congregations. South Korea sends out more missionaries than any other nation, except for USA (which has a much larger population), and has had 3 prime ministers who were practising Christians. “Korean Christians are also dominant in corporate boardrooms. The chairmen of all of South Korea’s top 10 companies are Christians”. (http://www.christianpost.com/article/20071213/s-korea-presidential-election-highlights-christian-influence/index.html).
If you believe that God has no favourites (Romans 2:11) and that He will do for your nation what He has done for South Korea (in the space of 50 years), then PRAY. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). It is not those who believe in the power of prayer, but those who believe and pray, who facilitate God’s will on earth (Luke 11:2, Hebrews 11:6).
Remember, prayer is NEVER “the least” you can do for the local community you love, but the most important thing you do. The God who hears our prayers is far more powerful than we are. Indeed He is more powerful than the British PM or the American President (Matthew 28:18). The church will achieve far more for their community and nation, by petitioning God, than by writing to every MP in the land.
*All the references are from the New International Version of the Bible.