CONNECT TO PEOPLE – HOW TO ANCHOR PEOPLE TO GOD BY STANDING IN THE GAP
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV
You, God and people, by the power of prayer and friendship, become a cord of three strands.
The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy, and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. So I sought a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land. Ezekiel 22:29-30a
The best way to start connecting with others, is by prayer. When you pray for someone, you are “standing in the gap” with heart-felt repentance. You are taking their place, until they take their place with God. This principle is found throughout the Word of God. (A good example of this is Nehemiah 1:4-11) God designed prayer to work in this way because He wants to bring us into more of His love and more of His power by partnering with us in the spirit to reconcile sinners to Himself.
We know that God blesses unity and the sacrificial giving of your prayers to connect others to His love. In fact, God is so touched by your heart of giving to others through prayer, that He even promises He will heal you when you pray for others. He said, “Pray for one another that You may be healed” James 5:16. God is a Giver and He values and responds to giving. You can’t out-give God in any way, but you can try! He said, “Prove Me now!”
Read this as a love letter from God’s heart to theirs as you “stand in the gap” by declaring they are hearing and receiving this in the spirit from God’s heart to theirs. You are in the precious process of anchoring your loved ones and neighbors to God.
My Son, My Daughter,
I have room for you right here close to My heart. You’re not taking anybody’s place; there is room for everyone who seeks Me. I will be found.
I will be found by you. Your tender heart is protected by Me. There is nothing that happens to you or the ones you love that can separate you and Me. Nothing can separate you from My love. Nothing can separate you from My care. You can face hard things with Me, and know that I am with You. Allow Me to hold you through every disappointment, every difficulty, everything you face.
I will steady you and secure you. I am the Anchor of your soul. Let me draw a picture upon your heart so you can see yourself safe in me. Now, see your loved one and all those you are concerned about being added to the picture. That is who I am. A God of more than enough. My arms are big enough to hold all that you love and provide all that you need.
My Word and My power are stronger than any other force in the universe. My word and My power is living and strong and causing your thoughts and your words and your deeds to come into agreement with me. Don’t be deterred and don’t be discouraged by life’s processes. Just keep responding to my truth. Your confession of your faith in me is opening up a whole new world and life to you.
Your Loving Father
Now, continue to seek God’s heart for those He wants you to particularly interact with. Ask Him to show you how He wants you to put hands and feet to your prayers, so that your loved one or neighbor will feel God’s love in tangible ways.
Not only will it bless and honor your God, but it will bless you and give you joy to give out God’s heart of love.
This video and this beautiful song of commitment to seeing people the way God sees them will minister to you.
I’LL STAND BY YOU – CARRIE UNDERWOOD
OUT OF HIDING – STEFFANY GRETZINGER AND AMANDA COOK