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Canada Prayfast in London
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By Dale Mackness

Canada Prayfast in London

On Thursday October 10th at 7 am over 100 people gathered in the Carousel Room of the Western Fair District to seek the Lord through prayer recognizing Canada needs prayer with the important federal election coming up on Monday October 21st.

Participants were challenged to commit to taking at least 5 minutes every day up to the election to pray for God to bless Canada and the results of the election. Many Canadians desire better government and God is the One who can do it. We believe in miracles and that the effective fervent prayer of a righteous person has great power. (James 5:16).

Participants were encouraged as able to fast in preparation for this time of prayer and hence the name of the event was Canada Prayfast.

Cost of the event was covered by concerned Christian Businesspersons who desired a neutral and central location for this first event. Next door to the local casino where the world comes together trusting in “luck”, God’s people came together demonstrating their trust in Him!

Christian businessman Bill Bethel who passed into the presence of His Saviour on October 5th was remembered by his friend Don Hill and then the whole assembly remembered Bill in quiet prayer. Bill had been one of the founders of the Christian Churches Network of London and the Christian Life in London newspaper.

The program was as follows:

WELCOME
Garry Fess, Christian Churches Network of London Chairperson & Royal View Church, Senior Pastor


O CANADA
Elizabeth Smith, Psalmist


OPENING PRAYER
Charles Lyons, Leading Influence Chaplain for Ontario & PrayCanada


WELCOME BY MAYOR
Greetings brought by City Manager Martin Hayward on behalf of Ed Holder


DECREES, DECLARATIONS and PRAYERS
12 Decrees, Declarations & Prayers lead by denominational Pastors, Priests and Leaders listed below.


VIDEO
“Song For Canada” by Lianna Klassen
(link on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvoV6Oo50oE )


CHALLENGE
Randy Collins, Chairman of London Canada PrayFast Committee & Co-Founder of Hully Gully The Ultimate Toy Store


CLOSING HYMN
“If My People” Elizabeth Smith, Psalmist


CLOSING PRAYER
Joe Campbell, Stand On Guard Prayer Canada, Retired Pastor


CLOSING OF FORMAL PRAYER SESSION
Garry Fess, Royal View Church , Senior Pastor


BREAKOUT INTO SMALL GROUPS FOR PRAYER
Declarations were read by the following prayer leaders and each included in their prayers special prayer for one province or territory of our nation of Canada as designated below:


Canada Prayfast in London

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR - Harvey Katz, Open Door Christian Fellowship Church, Pastor
We decree that Jesus rules over Canada because “the government is upon His shoulders.” (Isaiah 9:6). We decree that Jesus is exalted and honoured in Canada and His plans for Canada are good according to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.”


PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND – James Coolidge, London Youth for Christ, Executive Director
We decree that God is raising up righteous leaders in Canada whose hearts and minds are turning to God’s Word for wisdom and clarity of vision. We decree that the wind of God’s Spirit is blowing over Canada.


NOVA SCOTIA - Kirk Giles, Promise Keepers Canada, President
We decree that the church is arising from its slumber and God’s people are “seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness and [believing that] all other things will be added to us.” (Matthew 6:33). We are declaring that in Canada God’s “Kingdom will come, and His will be done on earth in the very same way that it is done in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). We say that we are a people of hope!


NEW BRUNSWICK - Murray Shawnoo, Victorious Faith Fellowship Church, Kettle/Stony Point First Nations, Pastor
We decree that every plan that the enemy has against Canada is rendered null and void by the authority vested in us by Jesus Himself: “Behold, I give you authority... over all the power of the enemy...” (Luke 10:19). We decree that “No weapon formed against us [in Canada] will prosper,” (Isaiah 54:17) and “He that is in us is greater than He that is in the world.”(1 John 4:4).


QUEBEC – Mark Thomas, Teen Challenge, Development Officer
We decree that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). We are confident of victory because we are praying from the place where Christ has seated us with Him in “heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6).


ONTARIO - Don Hill, Southdale Bible Chapel, Business Leader
We decree that God has given us authority in prayer to deal with the corruption in Canada. (Luke 10:19) “Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”


MANITOBA - Walter Rayo, Discipulos de Cristo International, Lead Pastor
According to Psalm 97:2 and 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your Throne...” So we decree that both righteousness and justice are being restored to the government of Canada and righteous leaders are arising. We decree that as righteousness arises, houses of prayer are filled with worshippers of the One True God.


SASKATCHEWAN - Olga Johnson, The Atonement Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of Canada, Pastor
In obedience to God’s Word in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 we pray for our leaders. “Therefore I exhort first of all the supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”


ALBERTA – Barry Slauenwhite, Compassion Canada, President & CEO
We decree that we, the people of Canada, want protection for our children, deliverance from ungodly curriculum; and that our children’s identity will not be robbed from them. We decree that all places of learning will be covered in prayer by the Body of Christ and that God’s Word will be freely spoken. Children will be protected from all forms of evil in these places.


BRITISH COLUMBIA - Mike & Onalee Mitchell, Why Encounter, Chairpersons
We decree that the governmental leaders of Canada will excel in godliness, in education, in business, agriculture, the arts and sciences, music, manufacturing, technology, mining, fishing, world trade, wealth etc. We also decree that the family, as a unit, is being honoured. We decree that the unborn children are safe in the womb. We decree that our leaders would bring incentives and policies that would empower the family and support initiatives that promote family values that will build a strong, healthy Canadian society.


YUKON & NW TERRITORIES - Willi Kammerer, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, Priest
We decree that Canada will continue to be known as a nation of compassion, peace and generousity. We agree with Psalm 72:8 that says “You shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth”, a Scripture that is inscribed on the Peace Tower at the Parliament Buildings. We declare that this Scripture will be fulfilled in our great land. Thank you, Father, that ‘Your will’ will be done in Canada and in our Election on October 21st.


NUNAVUT - John Park, Christian Churches Network of London Vice Chairman & Pastor
We decree that the inhabitants of the earth will honour and fear the Lord. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.” (Proverbs 9: 10-11). We decree that “God [will] keep Canada glorious and free!” Amen.


We encourage you to keep praying for Canada and all who are in leadership and authority in this nation. We also encourage your support of PrayCanada which you can read about on the website of Leading Influence: https://leadinginfluence.com/praycanada/

Watch for details of possible future Canada Prayfast events in the Events Guide of Christian Life in London