MARCH PRAYER POINTS:
- Pray that the witnesses at the upcoming Senate committee meetings will clearly present the concerns with righteous conviction and clarity.
- Pray Canadians engage this issue by getting informed and understanding the concerns.
- Pray Canadians will be encouraged to write and/or email their senator as it’s not to late to engage them on this important issue.
ELECTING NEW LEADERS
– Proverbs 11:4
- Pray that in the midst of the media attention focused on politics south of the border, we do not neglect the importance of the party leadership campaigns in Canada.
- Pray that Christian believers would consider joining a party to be eligible to vote for the candidate they see is called to lead the party.
- Pray and register/vote for the candidate of your choice in the upcoming five by-elections.
- Pray that they will be men and women of integrity who will stand up for what is right. Proverbs 29:27
- Pray the leadership of our nation will turn to the Almighty God for strength and guidance as many have historically done.
NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY PRAYER BREAKFAST
- Pray for this event to be well attended with representation from across Canada in support of our MP’s and Senators as they seek to live out their faith.
- Pray for the many volunteers to perform their duties with servant hearts and a spirit of excellence.
- Pray for the leadership team of the national prayer breakfast to have favour with the media to share the purpose of, and to extend the invitation to attend this annual gathering in Ottawa.
WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE
The National House of Prayer has supported in prayer, and participated in the National March for Life for the past 12 years. This year we sense the necessity to ramp up the prayer and fasting for this years march. It is encouraging to witness the growth in attendance, and this year, which marks the 20th anniversary, should draw much attention.
- Pray for the attendance at all the planned events to exceed all expectations with people who are willing to take a stand for life.
- Pray that any unexpected delays in obtaining official permission or access to venues will not hinder or disrupt the March for Life events.
- Pray that as the attention and opposition to the March for Life increases, that there would be adequate police and security strategy to provide the necessary protection. May the joy of the Lord be our strength.
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JANUARY PRAYER POINTS:
Happy New Year – a year long celebration
Happy New Year Everyone! In this 150th year of confederation, Canadians from coast to coast will be engaged in a spirit of celebration to mark this very important milestone. As the eyes of the world are focused on Canada, lets strengthen our resolve in prayer for our leaders on all levels and areas of government.
Justin Trudeau’s Cross-Country Tour – connecting with grassroots Canadians
As our Prime Minister engages in dialogue with Canadian’s across our nation, we find it interesting that for the first time the term being used to describe some of these meetings is ‘church basement meetings’. We know that this is primarily a euphemism for meeting with average Canadians, but it also serves as a reminder that Christians are meant to have a voice in the governance of our nation.
Pray that these meetings will truly be about hearing from Canadian citizens and not merely a photo-op or about promoting specific liberal policies.
Pray that the term ‘church basement meetings’ will provoke Christians to attend these meetings voicing their care and concern for our nation.
Pray that God would give opportunities for Christians to voice intelligent questions and express concerns in regards to Christian values and freedom of religion in our changing culture.
Pray that Christians would not be primarily identified with what we disagree with, but rather seen by thoughtful dialogue and helpful propositions to our Prime Minister.
United Nations Resolution – Middle-East Peace Conference
A United Nations resolution (UN resolution) is a formal text adopted by a United Nations (UN) body. Although any UN body can issue resolutions, in practice, the Security Council or the General Assembly issues most resolutions.
The conference to be held in Paris on January 15this aimed at promoting the two-state solution as the goal to lasting peace.
Pray that Canada would still be known as a true “Friend of Israel”, as our former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, stood with Israel as the only democratic society in the Middle East.
Pray that as these 70 nations meet, there would be caution, restraint, and every consideration as to what the outcome could mean to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.
Pray that the reaction to any resolution will not result in an escalation of violence.
NOVEMBER PRAYER POINTS:
Praise Report – Trinity Western Wins Legal Battle
Trinity Western University’s legal battle to have accreditation for its law students has been lifted up in prayer by many. This week a major victory was won for the continued protection of religious freedom in Canada.
On Tuesday, a panel of 5 judges ruled in their favour in British Columbia. This case will likely go to Canada’s Supreme Court as Ontario’s top court has voted against them. We are thankful but understand continued prayer is needed.
Ontario – Bill 28 – “all families are equal act”
Alberta – attack on parental rights
Pray for Albertans not to succumb to worry, fear or defeat.
Pray they will raise their voice of concern regarding the drastic changes that are to be introduced in classrooms across the province.
NHOP in Prayer, Tuesday, November 8th – 9am to 9pm – all welcome as we pray for our neighbours to the south
Last week Rob, Fran and Susan were in Washington D.C. to join leaders for an extended time of prayer for the U.S. elections. We were moved by their desperate cry for the Church to be awakened to their call to be salt and light in their nation. We were honoured to stand with them as they fasted and humbled themselves in prayer.
Here are some prayer points from our visit:
Pray for the citizens of America to look past the personalities of the candidates and to focus their attention on the policies and the party platforms presented.
Pray that American media will report in an unbiased way to bring truth and clarity to voters.
Pray that voters will be able to discern the right and wrong of a matter and not necessarily the left or right.
Pray for the people of America to accept the results of the election with respect and kindness.
Join Us for Christmas on Parliament Hill – 400,000 dazzling Christmas lights
OCTOBER PRAYER POINTS:
Please Pray for the Prentice Family
We are saddened to hear the passing of Jim Prentice (former Premier of Alberta). Please remember his wife Karen and family during this very difficult and tragic time.
Pray for America – prayer is more important than politics
Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3
As Canadians, many of us are wondering how to pray for our friends and neighbours in the United States as they face their Presidential elections this November 8th. We also know that these elections will have an affect on our own nation, so therefore we are encouraging Canadians to take time to pray daily for the United States at this important time.
Here are many excellent U.S. resources to help a person pray intelligently:
Desperate for change; 40 days of prayer; Prayer for elections heating up; Prayer at the polls; Pray the vote; America needs the Christian vote; and the National Day of Prayer
To help the Senate fulfill its constitutionally-defined roles, members of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization have spent months studying how the Senate works and how it could improve.
This Committee has been tasked with considering “methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework.” This is important work, but is not to be confused with Senate reform (such as electing senators, implementing term limits, etc.), which requires constitutional amendments. Both Senate modernization and Senate reform may be necessary to ensure that the Senate serves its Parliamentary purpose of “sober second thought” well, but for now only modernization is being examined.
Private Members Bill C-225 Cassie and Molly’s Law – The protection of pregnant women and their reborn children act
The short title for Bill C-225, Cassie and Molly’s Law, is in reference to the 2014 murder of Cassie Kaake in Windsor, Ontario, when Cassie was weeks away from giving birth to her daughter, Molly.
Teams Wanted – pray God calls workers to His mission field in Ottawa
For over 12 years, the Lord has positioned the National House of Prayer in Ottawa to activate strategic prayer for Canada and its leaders. We are here on the mission field in Ottawa to build a bridge between the Christian Church and the Government of Canada to ensure a strong praying presence on Parliament Hill. We have a number of weeks still available in 2016 for teams.
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SEPTEMBER PRAYER POINTS:
National House of Prayer – Teams Needed to Pray – Pray God calls workers to His mission field in Ottawa
For over 12 years the Lord has placed the National House of Prayer in Ottawa to activate strategic prayer for Canadaand its leaders. We are here on the mission field in Ottawa to build a bridge between the Christian Church and the Government of Canada and to ensure a strong praying presence on Parliament Hill. We have a number of weeks available yet in 2016 for teams to come.
IS GOD CALLING YOU?
Pray God moves on the hearts of believers across Canada to come and join us for a week (or more) at the National House of Prayer.
Pray that God will meet and supply all our needs and provide clear direction and strategy in prayer.
Pray for continued connections as we build relationships with MP’s, Senators, Ambassadors and members of the government.
Pray for the health and safety of everyone who will travel to Ottawa this year to join us on the mission field.
Challenging the College of Physicians and Surgeons – Bill C-14 and conscience rights of physicians
Canadian Physicians for Life seeks to engage with and educate the public on public policy matters relating to traditional medical ethics, the dignity and inviolability of human life, and human rights by providing medical, biological, and social facts related to those matters.
Recently, Canadian Physicians for Life have joined with other like-minded societies and a number of individual physicians in a legal challenge to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s policy decision to force physicians to violate their consciences by referring patients seeking to end their lives to other physicians who will provide the procedure.
Freedom of conscience and religion, as set out in the Charter, exists to ensure that individuals are not coerced by the state to act in violation of their conscience or religious beliefs.
“There is no Charter right (or any other legal right) to demand that a specific physician provide you with a specific procedure or pharmaceutical.” Albertos Polizogopoulos*
Pray for these physicians who will be attending meetings to represent their organizations, to have wisdom to share their position effectively with the goal to see hearts turned to permit freedom of conscience of Ontario doctors.
Pray for a similar campaign to expand across the country and for Canadians to stand with our physicians who are challenging the college on the issue.
*Albertos is a partner at an Ottawa firm. In recent years, much of Albertos’ practice has been devoted to protecting physicians’ conscience rights and religious freedoms.
KEVIN GARRATT – PRAISE REPORT
Minutes before we planned to send these prayer points we discovered Kevin Garratt had been released from China and is back home in Canada. Thank you for praying for the Garratt Family. Today we celebrate with a multitude of others who have prayed for his safe release. God answers prayer!
The Garratt’s lived in China for about 30 years, conducted Christian aid work and ran a popular coffee shop near China’s border with North Korea. Kevin Garratt was indicted on accusations of spying for Canada and stealing Chinese state secrets. He has been held in a Chinese prison since 2014. His wife was Julia was released in February 2015.
AUGUST PRAYER POINTS:
WE ARE NOT QUITTING! – We are calling out for a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit
“We’re not quitting God! We’re seeking your perspectives for our personal lives; we are askingthat our lives will line up with your perfect will; we are calling out for a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit over this valley and over our nation that would bring an awakening to prayer upon the Church of Canada.” (Rob)
Olympics 2016 – Jesus medal is our salvation
Ask God to place a perimeter of protection over Brazil against any threats of terrorism.
CASSIE AND MOLLY’S LAW BILL C-225 – what can we do?
In February 2016, MP Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton-Melville) introduced Bill C-225 in Parliament. (Currently Canadian law offers no recognition to the preborn child of a woman who wants to have the child). This proposed legislation would create a law that would apply when a crime committed against a pregnant woman results in the injury or death of their preborn child. Almost 70% of Canadians indicated their support for a law making the harm or death of a preborn child a separate crime. It is also encouraging that this bill has received endorsements from significant organizations.
Pray that Canadians will write a letter to their MP respectfully asking for examination of the polling results and to vote in favour of this bill.
JULY PRAYER POINTS:
Do Not Be Ashamed – Religious Freedom in the Crosshairs
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God ~ 2 Timothy 1:8
Religious Freedom is in the crosshairs from special interest groups and governments. One legal challenge won emboldens others to pressure for recognition/freedom/rights, while others get trampled on.
Propose, Permit, Promote
Many Canadians are bewildered at the ever increasing pace of our changing cultural values. This didn’t happen overnight, or did it? While we were sleeping, new concepts were first proposed (in society accepted, then in government) then permitted (redefined or new laws are passed) then promoted (laws taught in our educational system and enforced). We are called to uphold and maintain a biblical perspective as we navigate through our rapidly changing society.
The Church – Radical Love, Service & Evangelism
Pray for Canadian denominational leaders and other influential teachers of the Word of God to be given insight in how the changing laws today will affect us all in the long term.
Pray & Petition God on their behalf: for leaders to be given courage and boldness to stay the course and unashamedly proclaim the powerful message of the gospel of salvation that has not lost its relevancy and influence to transform society.
Pray for believers to practice radical love, service and evangelism as was first demonstrated by the Christians in the book of Acts, especially as people are increasingly indifferent and even hostile to Christianity; For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16
Electoral Reform – What can we do?
Pray for the members of the electoral reform committee to thoroughly study possible alternatives to the current first-past-the-post system. The recent election in Australia provides an excellent example for the committee to examine as our government has committed to modernize our electoral system,
Pray for the MP’s who will be hosting electoral reform town halls over the summer to consult with their constituents.
Pray that Canadians will be proactive in providing feedback that will influence the committee. Find out if there will be a meeting in your region and consider attending. It is in our interest to participate in this important discussion on how we will vote.
Palliative Care Bill C-277 – Marilyn Gladu, MP for Sarnia-Lambton
Pray for a keen sensitivity to the “God given conscience” for all governmental leaders. “A state that can pave over the conscience, anyone’s conscience, without a compelling interest in doing so, is a state that is unfettered to do virtually anything.” ~Russell Moore
Pray for continued opportunities for the church to be pro-active in support of life in Canada.
Pray for organizations like ARPA (and many others) who are on the front lines of the battle for life in Canada.
Pray for the church to grasp the importance of “stepping up to the plate” on this issue. We are called to carry one-another’s burdens which historically has proven to be a God sanctioned action resulting in a great harvest of souls coming into the kingdom.
Pray that our light will shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven” Matt 5:16
Pray that the work assigned to the Church and private charities will continue to set the standard for end of life care. This will demonstrate that it isn’t necessary to expect the taxpayers and our government to bear the spiritual and entire financial burden of this battle.
JUNE PRAYER POINTS:
Bill C-14 Before The Senate – critical debates on dying happening now…
CARDUS – organizations making a difference
Fran was present at the release of the CARDUS Family Life Project yesterday. She listened to Nick Nanos of Nanos Research share polling data complied through a survey of Canadians about children, child care, marriage and caring for elders. Family life is very important to Canadians.The results revealed areas where the Church can be proactive and take the opportunity to provide assistance and care for some of the exposed concerns.
Pray for the Church in Canada to love their neighbours into the family of God. May we continue to seek practical ways to reach out to build strong families in our communities.
Pray for this important information to be recognized by our government and for it to be a benefit for reasonable policy solutions.
Pray for wisdom for the many organizations like CARDUS who are actively engaged with government for the betterment of Canadian society.
MAY PRAYER POINTS:
Medical Assistance in Dying, Bill C-14
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Psalm 39: 4 & 5
“Perhaps this is just another step on the road of moral relativism that we are in nowadays, but even our judiciary cannot serve as a balance between the different societies making up Canada. We are in a sorry state. We have truly entered a new age, one of the throwaway culture where all boundaries are starting to crumble”. Robert Falcon Oulette MP, Winnipeg Centre.
It appears that championing individualism, personal autonomy & self determination boils down to the philosophy, ‘my body, my choice’. This has formed an attitude change in our society that encourages the belief that euthanasia or assisted suicide is acceptable. “We all know we can’t conquer death and yet we want to try and control the circumstances of our passing.” For example, we may fear that palliative care won’t be able to manage our pain.
Since 1991 there has been 15 occasions where the possibility of assisted suicide has been rejected. A bill that would have decriminalized euthanasia was voted down 228-59 on April 21, 2010. Wednesday evening the vote to accept the second reading of bill C-14 was 235-75.
On 11 December 2015, a motion was passed in the House of Commons to establish a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons.
That motion stated that the committee’s purpose is:
To review the report of the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada and other recent relevant consultation activities and studies, to consult with Canadians, experts and stakeholders, and make recommendations on the framework of a federal response on physician-assisted dying that respects the Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the priorities of Canadians.
The Special Joint Committee submitted their report of 21 recommendations to the House of Commons on February 25, 2016. In response to the report the Department of Justice drafted Bill C-14, which was introduced into the House on April 4, 2016. C-14 is currently being reviewed by the Justice and Human Rights Committee before returning to the House of Commons for Third Reading.
Members of Parliament and Senators have been bombarded with letters, e-mails and phone calls expressing their concerns about the contents and lack of safeguards in Bill C-14 Physician-Assisted Dying as have many people who view the bill as too narrow or restrictive. It is encouraging to know that Canadians are showing their interest in this piece of legislation that will affect all of us.
With the June 6 Supreme Court order deadline, the pressure is on the Justice and Human Rights Committee and the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee to consider the many submissions and recommendations by witnesses from various organizations for suggested amendments to the text of the bill.
This is an emotional and complicated issue and it is vital that we pray for members and senators to be so affected by these presentations that they will seriously consider the submissions and apply strict parameters limiting access to this procedure.
Lawyers have pointed out legal flaws and constitutional issues that may cause future problems. The best way to avoid this possibility would be to conform to what the Supreme Court asked for and not go beyond.
Many witnesses have expressed the opinion that doctors shouldn’t have to feel obligated to provide this procedure.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has created an excellent resource to equip Canadians on Euthanasia and Palliative. You can view an online pdf or order physical copies here.
Contacting your Member of Parliament and Senator voicing your concerns is important, they need to hear from you and I.
Senate of Canada is in a unique position to make a difference
Pray that the Senate will request more time in Committee to hear from the witnesses and to then be able to conduct a thorough study.
Pray for Senate amendment recommendations that will ensure that conscience rights for our medical professionals are protected and for legislation that will take into consideration the long term outcome that will affect our society.
Pray that a national palliative care strategy would be developed. It surely has been recognized that bill C-14 has exposed a major void in our health care system.
Pray that the fear of the Lord will release conviction to all Canadians considering their own mortality. May God have mercy on our nation!
March for Life – May 12
Pray for the safety and security of the organizers and participants in the annual march.
Pray for the March for Life participants to be a remarkable example of the best orderly public assembly in Ottawa!
Pray that any possible interference that would attempt to disrupt and intimidate the marchers would not result in confrontation because of conduct that is reactionary.