When I read this verse, I was reminded of the many different challenges I’d heard about standing in the gap for our country. But this time it struck me in a whole new light. How many times had I heard a friend comment on how fearful they were for their grandchildren growing up in these troubled times?

As a grandmother to nine precious little people, it was as if the Lord was audibly calling me to stand in the gap for them. Oh, I've prayed regularly for my grandchildren by name but this was something different. A prayer bridge.

In the days and weeks ahead, specific verses caught my eye so I prayed for a specific grandchild or sometimes all of them. I prayed for the faith of Abraham, the heart of David, and the wisdom of Solomon for each of them.

When David cried out to God to renew the joy of his salvation (Psalm 51:10-13), I added the name of a grandchild that struggled with a heavy heart and needed joy. Another grandchild struggled with self-esteem so I prayed the verses of Psalm 139.

Have you been overwhelmed by fear of the future or frightened about those you love? Instead of being paralyzed by fear, stand in the gap for those you love, for your children and grandchildren, or for others that need someone to pray for them.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the reminder from this familiar verse that I need to be that person who is willing to stand in the gap for those that I love. Show me the verses to pray and the promises to claim for them by name. May I be found faithful, dear Lord. Amen.

Go Deeper — Who is God asking you to stand in the gap for today? Take time right now to lift that person (those people) up before the Lord today. Look for specific scripture verses that you can pray for on their behalf.

Read Further — about ways God uses people to Bridge the Gap and how one woman found Joy in Praying for Her Grandchildren.

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