During this year of our country’s 150th birthday we are praying in the capital of every province and territory, as we feel directed by the Lord to do. At this point a team has prayed in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Victoria, British Columbia.
On Monday, July 3 a team is embarking to pray in Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg. In September a team will pray in St. John’s, Halifax, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Quebec City, and Toronto.
These teams meet before the trip to pray and to hear from the Lord what He wants done. The vast majority of pray involves repentance for past issues that He directs as necessary to release His blessing upon the country. In Ezekiel 22 verse 30 it says, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one”. The Lord really wants to see mercy triumph over judgement. We can facilitate that through prayers of repentance where we stand in the gap.
For example during King David’s reign the land suffered famine for 3 years. In the third year David inquired of the Lord as to why this was happening. The Lord said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.” (2 Samuel 21) The Gibeonites were the people who deceived Joshua and the elders of Israel into entering a covenant wherein they would not destroy them, as the Israelites possessed the land. They had made it appear as if they had travelled a long way to meet with them and seek this covenant. The Israelites put them to work in forced labour as a result but did not kill them due to the covenant. Although God would not have approved of the covenant if they had asked him, He still insisted they honour it once it was made. Even though this covenant existed during the reign of Saul he in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them. Saul broke the covenant.
David responded to a natural phenomenon that was not a blessing to the land. In pursuing the Lord he found it was the result of sin. David stood in the gap for one who had died and never made restitution for his actions. Saul’s actions required someone to intercede for the nation as David did.
On these prayer trips mercy triumphs over judgement for actions by departed leaders and authorities that were evil and cruel. These actions will eventually bring some form of repercussion from the Lord if no one stands in the gap and prays.
We believe in the power of prayer to change things – things that are repetitive and harmful to people. The place to start is at the roots if we want to see good fruit. Hence we pray for Canada and the provinces as well as other nations as the Holy Spirit directs.