The 2019 election has come to an end. Millions of political conversations have happened; millions of Canadians have voted; millions of Tweets have been written. There are many statistics that could be mentioned and discussed, but perhaps one of the most important statistics, from a Christian perspective, is how many people prayed?
From October 7-12, 2019, House of Prayer Edmonton had the genuine honor of hosting a prayer gathering called The Assembly. It was made up of 45 churches and ministries working together in a single location, taking 2-hour blocks, and praying for Canada non-stop for 128 hours over 6 days! It was a truly multi-denominational gathering of churches including Baptists, Pentecostals, Anglicans, Vineyard, Charismatic and many others, all praying in a united love for Canada and a desire for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done.
We want to celebrate the way in which God gave His grace to the hundreds of people who participated in The Assembly. As I mentioned in a previous post, the inspiration for The Assembly was taken from Joel 2:15-16 and 1 Timothy 2:1-4, and the call to God’s people to gather together at a time of national importance and to pray for all those who are in authority and by extension, for all those seeking to be in authority. As we now anticipate the observance of Remembrance Day on November 11, it is fitting for us to celebrate the freedom that we enjoy in Canada and the opportunity for us to exercise that freedom through democratic elections. There is no more powerful way for us to honor the sacrifice of those who fought for freedom than to pray to the Lord and thank Him for the nation of Canada.
Christians across the country certainly voted in different ways, and have a variety of opinions about the results of the 2019 election. There will be no shortage of conversation and debate about the election and I will not seek to add to that from a political perspective. For Christians, here is the most important truth for us to focus on: Jesus Christ is “the ruler of the kings of the earth” (Rev. 1:5). We believe and must draw tremendous confidence and peace from this truth of Scripture. Jesus has always been and forever will be the ‘King of the kings’, who rules with total sovereignty over all of the nations at all times.
Some may think that this truth nullifies the need or importance of a prayer event such as The Assembly, however nothing could be further from the truth. We also believe that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Rom. 13:1). Therefore, we believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal ruler over the kings of the earth and that those who rule over us in government are being allowed to rule by God’s sovereign decision.
There is another important aspect of this theme that I would like to explore. I believe that intercession is a critical way in which we partner with God’s purposes on the earth and represents one of the greatest ways in which we rule with Him on the earth. Perhaps that sounds like a bold statement, but let’s take a few moments to look at it more deeply.
In Revelation 5:9-10 it says:
“...for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign upon the earth.” (italics added)
While this verse speaks of a future reality, there is an aspect of it that applies to us in this age, during our present lives on the earth. When we pray and follow the teaching of Jesus to pray, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10), we are in fact stepping into that reality of ruling and reigning with Christ.
Our destiny as disciples of Jesus is to rule and reign with Him, in unity with Christ under His leadership. Prayer and intercession in this age is one of the primary ways in which we are trained in that role of partnering with His purposes and plans.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, people will ask questions about whether our prayers were answered, or how they were answered. I would like to suggest that rather than wondering about why the leaders we voted for or did not vote for, got elected, perhaps we should first look to Jesus being the ruler over the kings of the earth, and enter into the rest and peace that comes from that truth. I would also suggest that we should thank God for the opportunity to partner with Him and His purposes in Canada, and ask Him how He is preparing our hearts and minds to one day rule and reign with Him. One of the most important questions we need to continually ask is how Jesus is working in our hearts to transform us into His image and character. How is Jesus being formed in me?
Hosting and participating in The Assembly was an indescribable honor and privilege. To people in secular society it would have appeared as a foolish and useless waste of time and energy to organize 128 hours of non-stop prayer; however, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:27). To those of us with eyes and hearts of faith, we must recognize that we have been invited to join Jesus in His role as the ‘ruler of the kings of the earth’ and the One who institutes the governing authorities.
That is simply a stunning reality for us to consider!
Jim Hall - Executive Director