STANDING IN THE GAP. It’s hard to find a Christian family today that does not have one or more ‘black sheep’ who have given up church attendance, or perhaps even basic morality, and turned away from God. If you are distraught by such a sad situation in your family, the ‘burden’ you have for them reflects your zeal for their spiritual welfare. And for especially zealous persons, that burden may extend beyond one’s family and friends to a far-reaching concern for other souls–countless wandering or lost sheep throughout the world. This special grace of ‘travail’ for wayward or uninformed souls can educe the grace of intercessory prayer–a special charism that could develop into a full-fledged but unheralded ‘ministry of intercession.’ This privileged calling is one that can be cultivated, although it carries with it a certain responsibility to grow in faith, love and perseverance in prayer while awaiting miracles of conversion and repentance. From this talk, you will learn to expect what the Bible promises: ‘If anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, …whoever brings back the sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins’ (James 5:19-20).