Repairer of the Breach; Restorer of the Streets

And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

─ Isaiah 58:12 AMPC

Your prayers count for everything. The words of the Lord recorded in Ezekiel 22:30 say, “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none” (ESV).

In Ezekiel’s day, residents depended on the walls to defend them from the enemies’ attacks. Those living within the city were vulnerable when a broken place in the wall – a physical gap – existed. In this verse, God is looking for someone to guard the exposed territory spiritually. He desired for faithful believers to resist evil and lead others back to God.

Along the same lines, our verse today in Isaiah calls people to rise up, fill the gap and repair the breach. As you stand in the gap in prayer, picture yourself as a soldier standing in the gap, powerfully denying entrance to any enemy soldiers who attempt to enter through the breach.  This is an image of what you are doing when you pray. You’re rebuilding the wall and restoring the streets of those you pray for.

Today’s One Thing

Take time today to pray for three people specifically. You may not even know what’s going on in their life and you don’t have to know. God knows their hearts and He will help you stand in the gap for them.


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