This year’s National Prayer Breakfast was truly amazing. National house of Prayer was privileged to help kick it off by leading a Prayer walk of the parliamentary precinct. About 100 met at the Centennial Flame on a very hot Sunday afternoon. We prayed for more than 2 hours for the church, for parliamentarians, for our Prime Minister, for our veterans and for Canada.
It was the debut operation of our NHOP Parliamentary Prayer Walk Map. Both Chris and I were thrilled to see how well it worked. With each point on the map, we heard many praying the scriptures suggested on the map. We know that this will be a useful tool for anyone wanting to pray while visiting Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The best part is that it is virtual. This means that you can go on a virtual prayer walk of Parliament Hill from anywhere in the nation. The map will remain a fixture on our website. We will update it regularly to keep up with current issues in our nation.
After the walk, we met at St. Peter & St. Paul's Anglican Church for an amazing time of worship. The next event was most anticipated and it did not disappoint. MP Richard Bragdon and MP Damien Kurek arranged an afterhours tour that took us directly into the chamber. This was an extraordinary opportunity that we knew could not be wasted. We went to pray. Many others had the same idea. We were able to spend about an hour moving among the seats praying for our Members of Parliament on both sides of the aisle.
We prayed that those who don’t know Jesus would be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. We prayed for those who belong to Him, that they would have wisdom and revelation to enlighten their hearts so that they will have hope even in difficult circumstances. We prayed that truth and righteousness would reign in the House of Commons on both sides of the aisle.
What struck me over the 3 days was the camaraderie that we saw amongst the Christian MP’s of different political parties. It was good to hear testimonies of different ones working together, helping each other to bring righteous legislation. It was encouraging to hear these Members from both sides of the aisle declaring the goodness of God.
Prime Minister Trudeau read and prayed from Matthew 7:24-27 at the breakfast.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
We pray that this word would move from his lips down to his heart and that what is built in the House of Commons would be erected on firm foundation.
Pray that our Prime Minister and all Members would hear the words of Jesus. Pray that their eyes would be opened to the truth of God’s message.
Pray that they would perceive that understanding, wisdom and the fortitude to do what is right comes from God.
Pray for Christian Parliamentarians to have solid productive affect on policies and legislation. Pray that their faith will grow and that they would be salt and light in the House of Commons. Pray that they would know how to yield in a Godly way, being quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. Pray that they would be those peacemakers who sow in peace to reap a harvest of righteousness.