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Canada's Twelve Most Wanted Answers to Prayer - September 2010 Part 1
| CANADA'S TWELVE MOST WANTED ANSWERS TO PRAYER
PART ONE: Background for informed intercession - then see Part Two:
September 2010 is a busy month in the heavenlies! The clash of Kingdoms is profound as Jews, Muslims and Hindus all have very special spiritual holy days and festivals. For most Christians our main celebration will be Labour Day, our last weekend to chill! For many 9/11 will have sober importance. However we should be on spiritual high alert to discern what is happening in the World today with wars and rumours of wars!
My burden is that the uniqueness of Christ be not neutralized or diminished in the World. He is the supreme Lord and Saviour, there is no other. In the cosmic battle, annual festivals, parades, fasting and worship rituals invite demonic power and strengthen opposition to the Gospel. We desperately need a new seriousness and fear of God to fall upon us, and a powerful spirit of prayer in alignment all over Canada.
As Ramadan comes to an end the Jewish new year starts! Ramadan generates power for Islam through a 40 day partial fast of a billion people in alignment. Quds Day is a day of rage both political and spiritual against Israel - the liberation of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Jewish State. Notice Sunday 5th and the night of prayer called the 'Night of Power'. What are the Christians doing?
The Jewish Feasts are of course biblical and have meaning with a New Testament application. This is a good time to focus on the Jewish people having a revelation of Jesus as their Messiah and thanking God for all the virtue of our salvation.
We rarely focus on the Hindu feasts but they are important to a billion people again moving in alignment! The birth of Krishna is very similar to the nativity where a baby is worshipped. Vishnu will come again on a white horse! The 10 day festival has the potential to release or strengthen the spirit of Shiva upon devotees. Let us put on the whole armour of God and pray in the Holy Spirit at all times (Eph 6).
And if that was not enough, the Autumn Equinox has a lot going on. September 22nd is the Chinese Moon Festival with overtones of Moon Goddess worship. For the Pagan, September 23rd (Mabon) is of great significance. On that day the mother goddess as the Dark Mother or Crone is honoured with sacrifices and rituals. From this date through Halloween, occultists believe the veil separating the earthly dimension from the demonic realm gets progressively thinner, with the thinnest night being October 31; this supposed thinning of the veil makes it easier for the demonic realm to enter the earthly dimension.
ISLAM Aug 11th - Sept 9th Ramadan 40 days of partial fasting and remembrance of significant dates and events.
Friday 3rd Quds Day The word 'Quds' is Arabic for 'the holy place' and is the Arabic name for Jerusalem and the surrounding lands. A day of rage against the State of Israel/Zionism particularly strong in Iran. Note that the direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians started on the 2nd in Washington.
Sunday 5th Lailat al Kadr Observed during one of the last ten odd numbered days of the month. Muslims believe that this night which is also known as 'The Night of Power' is better than a thousand months. This is often interpreted as meaning that praying throughout this night is rewarded equally with praying for a thousand months (just over 83 years i.e. a lifetime). Many Muslims spend the entire night in prayer.
Thursday 9th Last Day of Ramadan
JUDAISM Thursday 9th Feast of Trumpets - Rosh Hashana (lit. head of the year) Sunset on 8th, start of new year 5771. A day of rejoicing marked by the blowing of trumpets . (Leviticus 23:23-25).
Saturday 18th Day of Atonement - Yom Kippur. Most holy day. A day of fasting and repentance. (Leviticus 23:26-32).
Thursday 23-29th Feast of Tabernacles - Sukkot (lit: booths) Historically, Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as The Festival of Ingathering. It is a joyful time and also known as 'The season of our rejoicing'. (Leviticus 23:39-43)
Thursday 30th Last Great Day On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (Leviticus 23:39; John 7:37)
HINDUISM Thursday 2nd Krishna Janmaashtami A Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu. The ritual is to fast the previous day which is followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna at midnight in the jail where his maternal uncle Kansa was keeping them captive, and his immediate removal by his father Vasudeva to a foster-home for safe-keeping. At midnight, the idol of the infant Krishna is bathed, adorned in new clothes and jewellery, placed in a cradle and worshiped. The fast is completed after Aarti, a special prayer. At day break, ladies draw patterns of little children's footprints outside the house with rice-flour paste, walking towards the house. This symbolizes the entry of the infant Krishna into his foster-home i.e. their homes.
Saturday 11th - 21st Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesha Chaturthi is the 10 day Hindu festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Involves setting up Mantapas (pavilions), street processions and idol immersion in waters. Ganesh may be the chief of a troop of semi-divine beings that form part of the retinue of Shiva. The Hindu trinity of gods is Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva. Vishnu in his 10th and last incarnation is said to come personally to earth at the end of the age seated on a white horse. (see Rev 19:11)
OTHER Fall Equinox
Wednesday 22nd Chinese Moon Festival Thursday 23rd Mabon Pagan Festival *******
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