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Stand in the Gap and Believe

Is your heart heavy with a burden for your loved ones who don’t know the Lord?  Is it made that much harder by the fact that they have rebuffed every effort on your part to share Jesus?  Don’t lose hope.  In 1 Corinthians 3:6 Paul said, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” (NIV)

However, remember what Jesus said in Mark 4:15; “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” (NIV)  Satan is going to leave them alone as long as they are blissfully travelling the broad road, but let them even look down the narrow path and he is immediately on the attack.

Ten or so years ago when I was at the beginning of my journey to Jesus, I listened to a sermon by Dr. James MacDonald from Walk in the Word radio ministry entitled “Ten Things You Should Know About Satan.”  In it he gives a list that starts with, “You know it’s Satan when…”  One of those things is “You know it’s Satan when the opposition is outrageous.”  My husband was not a believer.  Oh, he believed there was a God, but he was not saved.  My good friend advised me to do something that I have passed on to other people and now want to pass to you because I know it works.  She told me to “claim him for the Kingdom” by “standing in the gap.”

Now, as a side note, I find there are a lot of Christian terms that we throw around that we think everyone knows, but that is not always the case, so in case you do not know what standing in the gap is, it is simply praying for someone, with perhaps that specific direction in mind.  Let me give an example.  I would go into my room and shut my door and say out loud, God, I claim my husband and my family for Your Kingdom.  Satan, you will not have my family.

As I followed more closely behind the Lord – as I read my Bible for the first time at forty years old, and listened to Christian music and teachings and really began to immerse myself in Jesus – things at home began to get crazy, to say the least!  Thank God He had led me to that sermon so I clearly knew Satan was on the attack when all Hell began to break loose, and the more he raged, the more I prayed!

No matter what was thrown at me, no matter how the battle raged, I would get alone and say, right out loud, No!  You still cannot have him!  You WILL NOT have my husband or my family.  I claim them for Almighty God.

I am happy to report that my husband is now saved and my daughter is following the Lord also.  Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.  You have the Word of God and you hold all the cards.  Never give up.

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  1. Sonya, We have so much in common! I thank you for these beautiful words of encouragement. Satan does not want anyone to know the truth because he knows that the truth will free people from burdens that they do not need to carry, and that they will live forever in heaven at peace with Jesus unlike Satan who will be living in an eternity of tormented Hell. The verse that I will add to your thoughts is from Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”(I will add that the reference is made to the jailor and his choice to follow Christ. By his actions, his family too believed and were saved) You are absolutely correct about the outcome when we pray for our loved ones. Expect trials and challenges to occur, but do not hesitate to call upon the power of Jesus. Prayer is amazing and so is the power of the Holy Spirit. I am so blessed to have my children walking with me and look forward to the day when we can place this verse into our entry. “…but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord,…(Joshua 24:15) until then, we will keep on standing in the gap. Blessings!

  2. I am right there with both of you. 🙂 Sonya, I clearly remember saying ‘No, you can’t have him. I claim his life for Jesus, in His name you will leave him alone.’ ~ I expected this would increase the intensity with which satan fought for him ~ and it did. Even then I underestimated it. Satan may fight, but he can never defeat the saving power of Jesus. Standing in the gap, calling on that power, letting God take care of the situation. It means continuing to stand in the gap and trusting even when we have yet to see results. Great article ~ so encouraging!

    • Thanks, Melinda. Satan does his best to side track us from what God has for us. The saddest thing is when you tell people, new believers, that he will come for them and still they are taking by surprise and fall away just like the parable. So sad.

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