The National House of Prayer has been established since 2005 and is committed to praying for the Government of Canada. Our heart is to establish an ongoing positive Christian presence in Canada’s capital as we seek to fulfill 1 Timothy 2:1-3.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone: for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour.”
How we do this
We attempt to do this by having an on-going presence of praying people in the halls of our Federal Government. Intercessors attend the daily Question Period, sit in Senate sessions, position themselves in Committee meetings and make appointments with individual Parliamentarians. We intercede in the official Prayer Chapel, prayer-walk the grounds of Parliament Hill, visit the Supreme Court, and the Governor General’s residence and pray with Christians groups from the many different departments of national Government.
We also provide training in intercessory prayer for short-term prayer teams and long-term residents at our NHOP centre, and travel throughout Canada teaching our weekend Schools of Prayer, or week-long National Schools of Intercession. Visiting teams are hosted for a week at a time at our very gracious facility, just minutes east of Parliament Hill, while others sense the call to join our community for six month or one year intensive experiences.
Because we believe in “informed intercession” we research and stay up-to-date with the current issues facing our leaders, and then provide this insight to thousands of intercessors through our regular email newsletters. Networking with the many prayer movements in Canada is one of our greatest joys as we see coordinated prayer being released through city-wide prayer movements, new Provincial Houses of Prayer, and emerging leaders.
Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. Every decision made in Ottawa, affects every region of the country.
Ottawa is the spiritual gateway to the rest of the nation. What comes through a gate has influence over what the gate was designed to guard. In biblical times the gateway was the place the city’s elders met to make decisions and to settle disputes. Decisions made had an effect upon the life and destiny of those under the authority of the elders. Many of us tend to think of our government only in critical ways. We need to repent of these attitudes and start holding up those in leadership through our prayers. By establishing a the National House of Prayer in Ottawa, we will be able to pray, as Graham Kendrick says, “On site with insight.” (see Isaiah 63: 6, 7; 60:11)