Stand in The Gap by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2021
STAND IN THE GAP!
TEXT: Daniel 9:11-19
“O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.” – (Daniel 9:16)
There was a lot of political upheavals along with great change among the nations during Daniel’s time. The fall of the magnificent Babylonian Empire had just occurred. Belshazzar was killed. The Medes and Persians had taken over all former Babylonian territories and were expanding the Medo-Persian Empire south into Egypt, to the east and west.
In the midst of these kingdom transitions, Daniel was surely apprehensive as well as all the captive Jews. While others took no serious thought about the implications of these changes on the political turf for Israel, Daniel knew the developments called for intercessory prayers and confession on behalf of the people of God.
King Darius was aging and soon, all military and civil authority would be shifted to another – Cyrus – within a short time. And the implication of that was not lost on Daniel. How do Christians react to political, social and economic changes in their country? Do we just think they are normal and do not need God’s intervention through our supplication? Many believers lack the spiritual eyes to see beyond the ordinary. God has always revealed His secrets to His children; that is the difference between being in the spirit and living in the flesh.
Daniel took it upon himself to pray for the whole Israel. In countries, there have been dangerous developments. Do we just dismiss them as being part of the fulfilment of the Scriptures? Even though they may be, some believers do not see such occurrences as enough reasons to pray for the salvation of sinners. We must not be complacent.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God needs you to fill the gap.
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