Yes, partly. However, the verse I quoted seems to go against that package kind of deal you are mentioning. I'll post it again.
Originally Posted by blessedmommyuv3
30 "I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. 31 "Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads," declares the Lord God.
He wanted to find someone to stand in the gap but he didn't find anyone. That's why I think both sides get in ditches. Scripture says God can change his mind because of the prayer of men. Yet, many won't believe the dozens of verses that state he does change his mind. Moses changed God's mind with a prayer when he stood in the gap. There are times when God won't change his mind as he illustrated with Saul. It was done and nothing was going to change that. Then there are times when he desires to show mercy and he looks for someone to stand in the gap but finds no one as the verse above states. Then there are times when he is going to destroy a group and finds someone standing in the gap, as he did with Moses, and stays his hand.
Why do we need to explain such verses away? Many try to explain away the scriptures where God chooses. Others try to explain away the scripture where God can be influenced by man. Why not believe the whole counsel? Do we really need to try and explain away the scriptures to fit into our understanding? Is it not better to believe it and know that we are limited in our understanding till such a time as God illumines us? Scripture does teach that our prayers influence God. He also says that "we have not because we ask not", indicating that God is simply waiting to be influenced by our asking.
"May the Lamb that was slain receive the just reward for His sufferings." A quote by Moravian missionary that sold himself (along with a friend) into slavery to reach those that the slave owner prevented from hearing the gospel.
May I live for Him and not for me.