Today’s Key Scripture

“I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap.”

— Ezekiel 22:30, KJV

  1. A. Torrey, the great American Bible teacher, said, “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.” Richard Trench, a powerful English preacher, once wrote, “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His highest willingness.”

If the Lord can find just one person who will seek His face, the tide of events can be turned. However, when no one steps forward, terrible things can happen.

The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel, “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” (Ezekiel 22:30, KJV). And because He found none who would pray and intercede, the Lord declared, “Therefore I have poured out mine indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath; their own way have I recompensed their own deeds upon their own heads” (verse 31).

It is not the Lord’s will to destroy. He is a God of mercy and forgiveness to those who call upon Him in repentance.

Today, He continues to ask us, “Is there anyone who will step forward and stand in the gap?”

Will you?


A Prayer for Today

Father God, thank You for providing salvation through Your Son, even when I was lost in sin and fatefully deserving of Your judgment. Thank you for loving me, even when I was unlovable. My heart is eternally grateful. Please guide me in Your path of righteousness, according to Your will and Your glory. And help me to stand in the gap for others who need You so desperately, even though they may not comprehend their need for You. Help me to become more like You, bringing light and hope to a world too often filled with darkness and hopelessness. I pray this in the name above all names, Jesus, amen.


*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.