Ezekiel 22:30-31 (AMPC)
"And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out My indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their own way have I repaid [by bringing it] upon their own heads, says the Lord God."
1. Here we see God seeking to avoid exercising just and deserved judgment. He, Himself, longs to spare the nation. He has bound Himself not to act without man, without an intercessor.
2. If no one will intercede, God cannot withhold judgment.
3. Then the question we must ask is: Why should He be dependent upon the prayers of a man to defend the nation from the judgments which He Himself wishes to withhold?
4. He Himself wishes to withhold? God is the almighty and supreme Sovereign of the universe. He is Himself the ultimate judge, Jury, Executive, and Authoritative Enforcer.
5. Why did He set up a system that has made Him dependent upon us?
6. One translator has paraphrased Matthew 7:7 as this: Ask, I ask you to ask; seek, I intreat you to seek; knock, I urge you to knock. Evidently, according to scriptures He will do nothing without our prayers.
Matthew 9:37-38 (NLT)
"He said to His disciples, The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields."
7. He is Himself the Lord of the harvest. The harvest is His. The laborers are His.
8. Why should He stand helplessly by while urging men to pray reapers into the fields? Why does He send forth laborers only in answer to the prayers of the redeemed?
9. It seems like God has handed us His scepter and is begging us to use it by praying within the constraints of His will to do what He already desires to do.
John 14:13-14 (NKJV)
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 16:23-24 (NKJV)
"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."