As I reflect on our country’s recent federal election, giving the Conservative Party of Canada the mandate to govern, I can’t help but praise God for His marvelous outpouring of grace and mercy. He has heard the cries of His people and I believe the right government is now in place to lead us into His paths of righteousness - something that has been seen as nothing short of miraculous.
However, as I prayed and thanked the Lord for this victory, the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart that even though the right government is now in place, our work as the Church of Jesus Christ has really just begun. Now is not the time to get slack and lazy regarding interceding for Canada. No, the very opposite is true. We must press into prayer as never before and shake off the apathy that pervades so much of the Church, especially when it comes to praying for our government leaders.
The government just elected in is a very slim minority, which means that before it can push legislation through, the opposition parties will have to align themselves with it. If they do not, legislation introduced by the government will not get passed. Or worse yet, the government could fall and we would head into another election.
Therefore, in light of this, our prayers for this government need to rest upon its leader, Stephen Harper, as much wisdom is needed to bring about the changes he has committed to during his campaign. First and foremost is the proposed accountability act that will bring into law the checks and balances the government needs to end the culture of entitlement that pervaded its corridors. I believe this is an important first step towards righteousness.
Yet – as I have already mentioned – the Church has a part to play and the foundation of that is rooted in prayer. I believe the Lord has given us this window of opportunity to try our hearts and see if we are indeed going to be faithful to continue to pray. But something in addition to prayer is needed as well - the lifting up of our voices, declaring that His will be done in this nation as it is heaven. We can no longer be silent and succumb to the enemy’s fear mongering! Our time to arise and shine is upon us and we cannot afford to lose this moment.
I believe as we rise up and do all He had commanded us to do, choosing not to complain when we don’t see things happen immediately, God will be faithful to bring about the changes He desires, little by little.
I was reminded of a scripture in Exodus that says exactly that. The Israelites were told by the Lord in chapter 23 that He will drive their enemies out before them, “little by little” until they have increased and therefore, inherit the land (verses 29, 30). He distinctly says it will not be in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts become too numerous for them.
Could it be that the Lord had reasons for this? I believe, as stated in this passage of scripture, that if He was to instantly get rid of all of their enemies, the Israelites would have become lazy in their devotion to the Lord. By leaving opposition there, it was the Lord’s way of training them to eventually reign over their enemies. His design was to strengthen and increase them until they inherited the land.
In light of this newly elected government, I see a similar picture. God has given them a window of opportunity to prove themselves by leaving the opposition there. He did this to mature and train them in righteousness. It’s so important then, for the people of God, to strengthen our leaders through prayer and give voice to our support, especially during this time of maturing. This certainly will not be easy. Nonetheless, we need to, even when we only see a small part of what the Lord is trying to accomplish.
Canada’s hour to arise is now upon us. I pray that the Church of Jesus Christ heeds the call, takes her place of authority, and begins to intercede for our government as never before. As we do, I believe He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. For He does hear the prayers of the righteous and His ear is attentive to our cries. Let’s keep persevering in prayer until we see Him have dominion in our land – from sea to sea to sea.
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One of the daggers to the soul is the knowledge that Canada has been officially downgraded to a "non-Christian" country. Yes, we need to be on our knees for the authorities over us and for ourselves as the church of Christ. Complacency costs more than we want to pay. Good piece. I'd encourage you to join the FW forums and be encouraged further in your writing.
Kelli, I pray Canada's move toward a more conservative understanding brings revival among the people in general. I hope a Jesus movement grabs hold of the land, changing hearts - where the real change needs to take place.
Your writing is outstanding!
This is a moving and honest piece of writing that I found myself silently praying for our country too! (UK) I believe I had the verse that you quote last Summer when the Lord was speaking to me about the new translations of the scriptures - thank you for this heart felt piece of writing - I have an efriend in Canada who will love to read this! Best Wishes.