|Intercessors for Canada|
Mid-Month Notes - September 2003
In the midst of many difficulties and crises it is good to remind ourselves that the Gospel is bearing fruit around the world and that we have a victorious eschatology! This is the foundation for prevailing prayer to see the purposes of God come to pass in our nation. The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross was a total success. Look at John 12:31
"Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.
But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."
Let us pray, proclaim and see the powers of darkness driven out (cast out, thrown out, in the name of Jesus) from our families, churches, institutions, structures and governments! Jesus will be glorified.
This Tuesday morning a very large hurricane with winds of 105 mph is moving at 8 mph toward the coast of North Carolina and may be over Toronto by Friday evening with destructive intensity. But Isabel is the Spanish version of JEZEBEL! This largest hurricane for 5 years has an ominous name for those acquainted with spiritual principalities and world rulers (Eph 6:12). Jezebel is a very powerful spirit that is not to be tolerated by the church because it has an occult root and operates through sexual perversion to intimidate and control church leaders, shut down the prayer meetings and silence the clear proclamation of the word of God ( see Revelation 2:18-24 and 1 Kings 17-21 Jezebel and Elijah). Do you see any evidence of this where you are? The hurricane is a picture of how defenseless we are when we disobey the living God and He lifts His hand of protection. Where Jezebel is already in a place of influence it is now crisis time to repent and drive this spirit out in the power of fervent and effectual prayer. (James 5:16-18 Elijah).
FATHER WE CRY OUT TO YOU AS THE STORM APPROACHES, THAT IN JESUS' NAME YOUR MERCY WOULD BE UPON THE PEOPLES AND GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND THE USA. WE CONFESS THAT WE ARE NATIONS IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION AND YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS IN ALL YOUR JUDGMENTS. FOR OUR LEADERS WE ASK THAT THEY WOULD RULE IN WISDOM AND RESPECT YOUR WORD. WHERE THERE IS OPEN REBELLION THEN SPEAK TO THEIR HEARTS OR REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE. BREAK THE POWER OF JEZEBEL OVER OUR NATIONS AND HELP US TO BE LIKE THOSE WHO TURN BACK THE BATTLE AT THE GATES. AMEN.
PRAYING FOR A HOSTILE GOVERNMENT
In the attachment you will find a copy of the letter sent to our Justice Minister, The Honourable Martin Cauchon, from the EFC, lead partner of the Interfaith Coalition on Marriage and the Family. They are dismayed, and we are too, that the government is actually seeking to quash the application of the Interfaith Coalition for leave to appeal Halpern v. City of Toronto to the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition the government is asking for costs for their motion to quash the application of the Interfaith Coalition. The implication is that this case is frivolous and a waste of the government's and the court’s time. On the contrary, this issue is of deep concern to Canadians and directly concerns religious communities. Many Canadians believe the government should have appealed this case and it is an affront to argue not only that the case should be thrown out but also that they deserve compensation for their efforts to have it thrown out! This is so arrogant. We can only pray:
FATHER WE ASK YOU IN JESUS' NAME FOR MERCY ON OUR GOVERNMENT AS THEY DESPISE THE PEOPLE OF GOD AND THE WORD OF GOD. WE ASK FOR WISDOM FOR EFC LEADERS LIKE BRUCE CLEMENGER AND JANET EPP BUCKINGHAM, THAT THEY MAY KNOW HOW TO RELATE TO A HOSTILE GOVERNMENT WITH A CHRISTLIKE ATTITUDE. IN THE POWER OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. WE ASK YOU TO OVERSHADOW THE DEALINGS IN PARLIAMENT AND THE SUPREME COURT THIS FALL. AMEN.
ALPHA - A CANADIAN PHENOMENON! This week in more than 2400 neighbourhoods all over Canada, the nation is being invited to an Alpha supper. It is estimated that 75,000 - 100,000 new people will attend Alpha this Fall. Even in my own church in Metrotown we are expecting 100 local people to sit down for supper tomorrow night. This is remarkable, but only logical in view of the grace of God to save sinners in answer to prayer that He has already inspired. May we pray for a mighty move of God across Canada this Fall. Let us join with the Alpha Team in prayer:
FATHER WE COME TO YOU IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS AND IN THE AUTHORITY OF HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS, AND ASK THAT A MULTITUDE OF CANADIANS WOULD GO TO THE CELEBRATION SUPPERS AND SIGN UP FOR THE ALPHA COURSE. WE PRAY THAT THE ATMOSPHERE AT EACH COURSE WILL BE WARM, LOVING AND ACCEPTING AND THAT LIVES WOULD BE TOUCHED, AND THAT THOUSANDS WOULD COME TO KNOW THE LORD AND BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT. AMEN
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