We are familiar with intercessory prayer. We have our daily prayer lists, praying for friend’s and relative’s needs. There is another aspect of prayer we need to make more intentional. It is called standing in the gap. There were a number of times God was angry with Israel on their journey out of Egypt. He was ready to destroy the nation until Moses pleaded with the Lord on their behalf, staying God’s hand of judgment. The Apostle Paul pleaded with God on behalf of his people, the Jewish nation. At a late time in Israel’s history God said to the Prophet Ezekiel, “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.”(22:31) We rightly pray for the needs of those we know, but we need to cry out more and more to our Lord for mercy on behalf of our nation and all of this broken world. Diplomats and legislators will not solve our problems. We need God’s presence, mercy, and grace. Stand in the gap for all of our people.