Psalm 106:23 “So he said he would destroy them- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.”
Intercession is defined as the action of intervening on behalf of another. In biblical terms it is the act of "standing in the gap" for someone so they will not receive the punishment they deserve for their actions. In intercession you are asking for mercy to triumph over judgment. Ezekiel 22:30 says, "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."
In our scripture we see Moses standing in the breach or gap before The Lord on behalf of the Israelites. In fact in this particular incident Moses was up the mountain enjoying the presence of God and receiving the Ten Commandments when God said to him to go down to the people. Why? Because, he said, those people you brought out of Egypt are stiff necked, corrupt and they have turned away, made themselves an idol and are sacrificing to it! The Lord said to Moses that He was going to destroy them and make him great. Now that's a good deal for Moses. After all why should he put up with all that nonsense, the grumbling and complaining? This would be a quick solution!!
But you see Moses loved the people and he knew God’s call on the nation. So, he stood in that place and called on The Lord. He reminded God that actually these are Your people that You brought out with Your strong arm and Your might hand. He then reminded Him of the promise He had made to Abraham. He asked The Lord to turn from His anger and relent. Basically, God have mercy! (Exodus 32:1-14)
We see this principle over and over in the bible. In the book of Daniel chapter nine, we see Daniel identifying with the sin of the nation, confessing the sins and asking God to forgive. Daniel says "we" have sinned. Daniel is standing in the gap for the nation.
Jesus is our ultimate intercessor. He took all our sins on Himself and stood in the place for us that we might be free from condemnation and judgment for eternity. Romans 8:34 says that He is at the right hand of God interceding for us! Amazing to think that Jesus, who took all our punishment is standing in the gap for us, saying forgive them Father, my blood paid for that, she/he is not guilty.
In the same way we can agree with the throne room of heaven and stand in the gap for our families, churches, cities and nations. God is about mercy not judgment. He so loved the world that He sent His Son to save us not condemn us. And so we can say Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
Prayer: “Father thank You for Your loving kindness and tender mercies. I ask that You would teach me to intercede that I too can stand in the breach and see Your hand move in situations, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!