A ruling made by Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley stated that the use of the Emergency’s Act to shut down Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa 2 years ago was unreasonable and unlawful. Mosley said, “to issue the Proclamation does not bear the hallmarks of reasonableness – justification, transparency and intelligibility – and was not justified in relation to the relevant factual and legal constraints that were required to be taken into consideration.”
This differs from Justice Paul Rouleau's decision. Some of you may recall his appointment as the commissioner of the Public Order Emergency Commission. Rouleau stated that the application of the Emergency Act met the criteria specified in the legislation. However, while Rouleau's ruling lacked significant consequences, Mosley's decision could potentially carry both political and legal implications.
It's important to highlight that Mosley did not say that the Emergency Act Legislation violates the rights and freedoms of Canadians. Instead, his ruling pertained to the way the Trudeau government implemented the Act. Politically, this poses a challenge for the Liberal government, prompting their quick response indicating an intention to appeal.
In this article, I don’t want to focus on the legalities or even the political ramifications. Rather, I want to use this story to highlight the sovereignty of the God we serve and the power of prayer. There are occasions, and it appears increasingly frequent, when our government tends to lean towards unjust legislation and actions.However, we should bear in mind that we have resources at our disposal that can be employed to combat this.
The four applicants involved in the case opted for the avenue of a lawsuit, and they are likely happy with the outcome.
Of course, prayer is our most powerful tool. God is never caught off guard when unjust events happen. As intercessors, it is our responsibility to persistently pray for government leaders, even those we perceive as unrighteous.
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you,”
1 Samuel 12:23
The obligation to pray is incumbent upon all believers. Samuel emphasizes the concept that prayer is framed as a response to grace. This verse tells us there is an accountability to the Lord in prayer. It is an essential aspect of our relationship with God. Our responsibility to pray is connected to that relationship with Him.
It's worth mentioning that Mosley revealed his initial inclination at the beginning of the hearing was to believe that the government's use of the Act was justified. However, after months of thorough and painstaking examination of evidence, his perspective shifted. Upon reading this, I was reminded of the following verse from Proverbs:
“The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”
At National House of Prayer, we frequently pray this verse for our government leaders. Here is a case where we can see that God has steered the stream of Justice Mosley’s heart towards truth and righteousness. Praise His Name!
Let's remain steadfast in praying for our leaders and those in authority. Regardless of the frustrations caused by the actions of our government, let us remain unwavering and faithful in our prayers for them.
Psalm 89 says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” The following verse indicates that steadfast love and faithfulness precede Him. I encourage you, as intercessors, to demonstrate the unwavering love and faithfulness you have in praying for Canada. Our prayers for Canada are rooted in love, for we love her as God does. It's essential to stay faithful to the prayer assignments He has given to us for Canada. Stand firm on the wall!