Standing in the Gap
God on Monday
Then Abraham said, ‘Oh, do not let my Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.’ The LORD answered, ‘For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it’ (Gen 18.32).
Abraham pleads with God to spare Sodom. In this verse, he makes his last attempt. It is an extremely dangerous situation. But by standing in the gap, his nephew Lot and most of his family are saved.
Many workplaces have struggled over the past two years with Brexit and Covid. This year promised to see us coming out the other side, but then Russia invaded Ukraine. The resulting uncertainty is making it almost impossible to produce meaningful plans and forecasts. Supply chain issues and the inflation of energy and raw material costs are now affecting workplaces that were relatively unscathed or even prospered during the pandemic.
Losing my own business through insolvency some years ago was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through. I felt very lonely and isolated. But God pulled me through and brought me to a place of empathy and understanding for others facing similar situations.
Standing in the gap for our workplaces, as Abraham did for Sodom, will help transform society. Those who lead these organisations will be more responsive to God’s ways, whether or not they believe in God. Some organisations will not survive the storm, but God can bring good out of dire circumstances. And any leader who knows you are rooting for them is likely to be encouraged that they do not struggle alone.
Consider following Abraham’s example by pleading with God for a local workplace you know that is in crisis. You may wish to approach its leaders and ask them how best you can pray. Answering God’s call to pray gives us the opportunity to serve others, demonstrate solidarity, and channel God’s love.
Thank you, Lord, for bringing so many workplaces through these past two years. Guide us as we pray for those workplaces that are in trouble. May we see them with your eyes and find ways to bless them with your hands.
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Margaret McLaren, Margaret McLaren Consultancy
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