Category Archives: Prayer

Freedom Lost in Canada

Have you heard the call to intercede from Trinity Western University for the court hearing in the next few days? This watershed case will determine if Christian schools will have the right to educate professionals, and it begins with a law program.  It reflects the spiritual temperature of the nation and the brink of which we teeter.

Freedom in Canada has been consistently chiseled away and it can be argued that it is already illegal to hold certain Christian values publicly, or speak freely on conviction.

As always, there is spiritual and mental blindness covering the culture distorting reality.  The enemy is the master of deception, and is still pretty good at it after all these centuries.

I too call you to pray, fast, intercede. Gather as a small group and engage in warfare in the spiritual realm as Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 10, saying the weapons we have are supernaturally powerful to destroy strongholds, and arguments and lofty things raised against the knowledge of Christ.

Those of us not directly involved have a stake in this battle and its not fought in human understanding. We have been given authority to disarm the spiritual forces that are behind both the veil of blindness, and the arguments and lofty ideas that have been raised up against the truth.

At the same time, we have been called to count the cost of being a disciple of the “Lamb who was slain”.

Because if the Son of God sets you free, you are free indeed, even when your freedom is stripped away.

Am we willing to radically obey the call of Jesus to lay down our life for the Kingdom, pick up our cross and follow Him, regardless of whether it is legal or not?

You see, so many are already shackled by fear so much that this ruling will not change anything in their lives or walk with Jesus. Fear is a much stronger oppressor than government or regulations or even persecution because it will silence us when nothing else can.

So I pray for freedom for our nation.  I pray for freedom for the people of God for courage to share the hope and love we have without fear, regardless of rulings! I pray God pours out His mercy in response to the prayers of Canadians to preserve protection freedom, legal and spiritual.

I pray fervently that we, the Bride of Christ realize the battle is largely fought on our knees in private and in love and reconciliation in public.  May we never use the gospel as a cudgel to beat people with, tearing down what Jesus died to raise up.

Are you free? Do you feel fear creep into your belly when you are faced with the thought of sharing what Jesus has done for you or loving radically outside your comfort zone?

May you live with the faith and courage of Paul who said “to live is Christ, to die is gain.”

Please be praying with me for true freedom in every way!

Daniel on Justin Trudeau

During his time in office, Justin Trudeau has garnered differing opinions, many of them negative.  So far I would do most things differently than he has, but reading Daniel, I am convicted by how little I pray for my country’s leader. Perhaps I can learn something from Daniel on how to respond to our government.

Regardless of beliefs, policies or new bills,  our leaders are humans who God loves and is committed to redeeming should they turn to Him.

Daniel would have read this from the prophet Jeremiah:

And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

King Nebuchadnezzer would arguably have won the most vain, violent and unreasonable ruler in his day.  History records some of his conquests, and we know from the Bible that he put people to death who refused to bow and worship the image of himself (I know – talk about conceited eh?)

Yet Daniel worked and prayed diligently for the wellbeing of this king who had dragged him into captivity and God used him mightily in the story of the Hebrew people.

Daniel is relentless in prayer.  Three times a day. Every day. Under his watch, both gentile rulers Nebuchadnezzer and Darius come to recognize Daniel’s God as “God most High.”

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.  This is good and pleases God our Saviour,  who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.  For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.  He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)

We live in a democratic society and I am among the first to encourage people to work for and petition the government for positive change, and thankfully, when we do, we won’t have our heads removed.

But working for change doesn’t excuse me from petitioning the Ultimate Authority on behalf of the one making the policies I see as destructive.  I would argue Divine petition is more effective anyway. What if I begin praying for God’s protection over his mind, and a spirit of wisdom and revelation.  For a heart that turns to Jesus for help and salvation.  For people to come into government who unwaveringly stand for justice and righteousness.

Who knows how the faithful prayers of one person might change the course of a nation’s history or the life of its leader.  If thousands of  people would commit to pray for their government perhaps righteousness and peace would rise up and transform the landscape of a barren country and the heart of the leader.

Daniel did.  The question is; will I?

The Visit

My mind is churning like an over revved engine with all I want to talk to the King about today. I stride past the gate, and up the steps to the throne room, taking them two at a time in my haste.

The great door is open as usual, and I see the Father, sitting by the fire, a large smile spreading from ear to ear as He sees me. I would love to just sit in His presence and linger for a while like I used to, but my day is super full, and concerns weigh heavy on my mind.

The Father stands, and pours me a glass of wine. I don’t see the proffered glass, nor the offered easy chair as I dive into my soliloquy.

“Dear Father,” I begin, “I have some really pressing things I want to speak with you about. First is the relationship with my friend. I know you understand the situation better than I do, so I won’t go into it, but I really need your wisdom to know what to do to fix this!”

The Father slowly lowers the goblet to the table, and sits down again, His smile fading somewhat.  He nods and looks as if He might say something, but I have more on my mind than just my relationship with a friend.

“I also really need to know your will about this job offer I’ve received; it sounds really good, but I don’t want to jump into something I’m not ready for, you know?  The thing is, I need to reply by Friday, so if you could let me know by then…? That would be great!”

“I want to show you something”  The Father responds eagerly as He picks up a set of life blueprints adorned with my name from the table.

“I knew you’d be coming today, so I pulled these up.  I made them before you were born”  He motions toward the chair.

“Oh, that’s awesome”  I respond, “But I don’t have time to sit today.  Maybe tomorrow won’t be quite as hectic!  Lets definitely take a rain cheque!”  I pause for a moment, trying to remember the last item on my list:

“Oh yes! I really need a miracle for my uncle Craig, he’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and I know if you heal him he’ll know you’re real.  Please please, would you touch his body and heal him Lord?!”

“I think that’s all for now Father, and I gotta run – I have an important meeting I can’t be late for, but I’ll message you later! Thanks for listening!”

Glancing at my watch, I kiss the Father on the cheek and stride out the door, feeling like I’ve missed something.  But my mind quickly moves to the agenda of the day, and I close my Bible, and jump off the couch.

I don’t see the King behind me heave a deep sigh, fold up the blueprints, and return them to the shelf.  Maybe tomorrow will be the day.

The Weakness of Trump

I am saddened by the barrage of slander and negativity in the wake of the election. The night of the 8th, my beloved and I prayed again for the candidates and bound deception and manipulation, knowing God is on the throne and confident Trump would take the presidency.

Sojourning through the valley of death, God granted us uncommon awareness of some of the dark rooms containing the history of corruption in both the White House, and the systems that control it. Trump, despite his often volatile approach, has seen some of these rooms and has vowed to clean them out.  It touches all sectors of life from our food supply, health and wellness of our people, destruction of our environment, hijacking of education and the financial implications of a reckless,  irresponsible approach to money.  The shepherds have been consuming the flock they lead.

I don’t excuse some of Donald’s words, actions and attitudes and he, like everyone, will be held accountable for every word and deed.  But he is in an unprecedented position to bring desperately needed change to a nation awash with dark secrets and hidden agendas and in the past weeks, he has shown a new propensity toward graciousness and humility.  In the word of God it is clear that for a nation to live in His favour, justice, mercy and humility must lead. These have fled as greed, manipulation, bribery and personal gain have overtaken a desire to serve and protect the people.

When we pray for change, we must be willing to allow God to dictate how change will come.  When it begins, like Nehemiah, we must be ready to undertake our part in the work of it.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Many consider Trump foolish, weak, and unwise but God is proficient at changing and using this type of person to bring to light what He desires to do.   We would do well to pray for Mr. Trump for conviction of pride and disregard for others.  For the humility to ask for wise counsel, and to lead with discernment, and integrity, and character.  Yet if we don’t look inward, we fail in our own calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus as policies shift and people react in fear and uncertainty, some even lashing out in violence.

In a body, often better known for hypocrisy, and condemnation of those outside her walls than for goodness, we too have repenting to do.    It is imperative we pray for our leaders, it is equally important we become the church Jesus calls us to, reaching out to neighbours who are grieving the results and afraid of repercussions, and respect and work alongside those who don’t agree with us to care for the disenfranchised and needy.

Just as God used “ungodly” King Darius and King Cyrus as agents of justice and liberation, He can use a man flawed, but largely un-owned by corrupt systems to bring about His will for a country He loves.  Our job is to pray and be obedient to our own calling!

Like Father, Like Son

The small boy was clearly taken with his Daddy. As I watched him following his father’s every step, I could see whatever his Dad did, this child also wanted to do.  skiing, biking, working, it didn’t matter the activity as long as his Dad was doing it with him.  Seeing them brought a smile to my face!

I mused at our inherent desire to follow some one bigger and stronger than ourselves.  I thought of the hourglass of time, and wondered if in 20 years, these two might be working together in a father and son business.  Then the thought shifted; right now this boy was enamoured with his Dad but I wondered if that would change as video games, cell phones, and skate parks were introduced into his life.

As I read  this morning, my mind went to the small boy I had watched delighting to do things with Dad.

I assure you, the Son can do nothing by Himself.  He does only what He sees the Father doing.  Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.  For the Father loves the Son and tells Him everything He is doing, and the Son will do far greater things than healing this man.  You will be astonished at what He does.  (John 5:19)

Remembering the adoration in the child’s face made me ask myself – what is my relationship with my Abba Daddy?  Am I thrilled to do whatever He is doing?  Do I know what He is doing, or am I caught up with my day, skipping time to press into His Word and presence?

I thought of the patient teaching of the Dad with his son; the way he carefully explained and showed the boy how.  For the Father loves the Son and tells Him everything He is doing.

Sometimes I forget I am to come to the Father like a little child.  Eager to help, watching and listening with adoration.  Delighted to be involved, not because of the task, but the person who is teaching me. I tend to adult a little too thoroughly, thinking I can put things together and manage my own day.

I am thankful for children to teach me some of the deeper things of God.  Jesus came to the Father completely dependant on Him for instruction, confidence, and wisdom and the Father told Jesus everything and included Him in all His work! Then Jesus told His disciples if they remained in the Father, they would do greater things as they “grew up in Christ.”

We have an amazing Father who tenderly cares for His children, and wants nothing more than to do life together!  He wants to show us how to live an effective, victorious life in Him.  Thinking back on the delight and joy in the little boy’s face, I am inspired to think of my own Heavenly Father in the same light – like a child who knows his Daddy can do ANYTHING, and is growing in confidence in working together!

How do you see God?  What does the thought of spending time together bring to mind?