Endurance - Pray for the Body of Christ to be filled with supernatural endurance in this challenging hour. Especially pray for pastors and leaders who are under great pressure and are trying to navigate continual uncertainty.
Joy - May the joy of the Spirit freshly fall upon the church regardless of our situation. Pray that joy lifts the hearts of the people of God to praise, worship and celebrate the love and faithfulness of God. May joy mark us!
University Students- Contend for university students, many of whom are struggling with the isolation and disruption of the Covid pandemic. Pray for student ministries on campuses and young adult ministries in churches, that they would be powerfully anointed and strategically used in this hour.
Healing- Cry out for healing power to flow to and through the Canadian Church! Pray for physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational healing to break out and multiply.
Community- Intercede for the fabric of community to be strengthened in every local church in Canada. For those churches where this has been a strength, may it continue to grow and flourish. For those where building authentic community has been elusive, let’s contend for breakthroughs! May our community life always be a place of hospitality to new people and mission to the lost.
Meekness- This is a fruit of the Spirit that is being highlighted prophetically. Jesus told us that the meek would inherit the earth (Mt 5:5), and that we should learn from his meekness (Mt 11:29). Let’s stand in the gap that biblical meekness would spring up all throughout the Church.
Unity- We live in days of extreme division, but God’s plan is to have a perfectly united Church. Unity in these days, will proclaim God’s glory and love in a voice that is louder than clamour. Let us give ourselves to contend for deep, Christ-centred unity.
Leadership- Pray for the gift of leadership to strengthen in the Canadian Church. May those in leadership roles be freshly anointed to lead with wisdom, faith, and in full submission to the scriptures and the Holy Spirit.
Parents- Pray for parents in this time of Covid, as it is bringing tremendous additional stresses into families. Cry out for grace for parents that have been thrust into homeschooling and feel overwhelmed. Pray for the Lord to turn this situation into his good for kids and families in surprising ways.
End of Covid- Continue to intercede for the end of Covid! Pray for the acceleration of vaccinations for all who want them and for the other public health measures to be effective. Lift up those who are sick and those who are isolated. Pray for the ones who are now unemployed because of the pandemic.
Christmas: This year, Christmas will not have the usual flurry of festivities. While we are grieving the loss of services, dinners and gatherings, could God be doing something beautiful in spite of this? Could he be turning what the enemy meant for evil — for good? Let’s intercede for a Christmas full of holy encounters rather than our usual busyness.
Worship: Let worship arise! Contend for a commitment of intentional, whole-hearted worship to rise in our hearts. May the Church of Canada worship in spite of the struggles and isolation of this season. Worship is a key to breakthrough, and Jesus is worthy!
Harvest: Around us there is great need. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to open massive doors of opportunity for the Church to step into evangelism. May he position us in the right place at the right time to share his love. May he give us eyes to see the hurting.
Humility: Jesus came in the most humble way, lived a life of humility, and died the death reserved for the lowest slave or criminal. Pray that we follow his lead and go low to truly serve our communities, our neighbourhoods, and cities, blessing them in tangible ways.
Unity: In these hyper-polarized days, full of opinion and offense, let’s pray for the Church to move in the opposite spirit and unite in Christ. Seek the Lord for great blessing on all the new ways churches are serving one another, collaborating, and growing in friendship. Pray for a true softening of hearts towards one another that creates a place for God to pour out his blessing (Ps 133:1).
Covid: Cry out for the end of the pandemic! Contend in prayer for the arresting of the spread of infection, for supernatural healing, and for the speedy development of a safe, effective vaccine. Lift up in prayer those who are right now fighting this horrible disease.
Repentance: Pray that we go beyond confession of sin to a true turning away from it. Pray for repentance to be restored to the Church as a frequent discipline so that we keep “short accounts” with God and are continually cleansed and refreshed.
Hope: Pray for hope to break in and redefine our futures. Stand in the gap for those genuinely struggling with hopelessness, so many are in this fight.
Pastors: We continue to lift up our nation’s pastors in this hour as the pressure and demands on them have multiplied tremendously. In particular, intercede that the warfare which is targeting them with overwhelming discouragement would break. Pray that the criticism they are encountering would be replaced by prayer and blessing.
Prophetic: Pray for the refreshing and reactivating of the pure prophetic stream. May our preaching, our worship, our prayer and our planning also be prophetic, filled with the voice of God, and the revelation of his heart.
America- We are called to love our neighbour, and God has ordained America to be next door. Cry out for a spiritual renewal in America. Regardless of who wins the election, this will continue to be America’s greatest need.
Pastors - Continue to pray that pastors would be carried by God’s grace in this hour as they face tremendous challenges. May the Lord strengthen the weary, encourage the fainting, refresh their vision and joy.
Purity - The Lord gave us a vision of pure springs of water opening up in “low” places. Contend for an increase of humility and a submission to even the breaking that God wants to do in our lives to sanctify us. Pray for a true hunger for holiness in our hearts, not just an outward show.
Refreshing the Prophetic - The Lord is speaking that he desires to reboot the prophetic in Canada. To active more, but also to restore the prophetic to a more biblical orientation, where that has been lost. Pray for the prophetic movement!
Sound Mind- Covid has been very difficult for those susceptible to anxiety and various forms of mental illness. Cry out for those that have spiraled into depression or despair in this season. Pray for the shalom and hope of God to keep our minds.
Go Higher - The Holy Spirit is calling the Church to rise above the clamour of news and outrage spinning through social media. He is saying “go higher!” So pray for the Church to stay engaged with current events, without being defiled or discipled by the spirit of the world.
USA - We are called to love our neighbours, let’s love our neighbour to the south through intercession. Stand in the gap for America with its looming election, racial strife, wildfires, and high levels of Covid infection. Pray for the Church in America to be revived in the gospel, to be filled with the Spirit and the love of God, and so be used as rebuilders in this hour (Isa 61:4).
Wisdom - Cry out for wisdom from above! Ask the Lord for the Canadian Church to be filled with God’s wisdom, rather than drawing on natural, earthly wisdom (Jas 3:15-17). It’s time to be wise master builders (1 Cor 3:10). More on this...
Gather - In the Covid shutdown it was as if we were in a “cocoon” season, where the Lord was doing deep work in our hearts and lives. For many He restored prayer, sabbath rest, engaging with the scriptures, and the priority of family. Now we are being called to regather, to come out of the “cocoon” using wisdom and care. Pray for churches that are making this shift, pray for those who have disengaged from their churches, that they would be reconnected, and pray for the power of the Spirit to be poured out in our midst as we gather.
Endurance - While it’s easy to tell each other “don’t grow weary in well-doing”, many are weary. Let’s instead intercede. It’s the Lord who grants endurance (Rom 15:5) and the Lord who strengthens the weary (Isa 40:29), we need Him. Intercede especially for pastors who have found this season exhausting.
Schools- All across Canada there is great anxiety about the re-opening of schools. This is an opportunity for the Church to walk in a different spirit and be a powerful witness. Pray for Christian teachers, administrators, parents and kids that God would wonderfully use them as vessels of peace, kindness, and the love of God.
Repentance- Pray for the Church to grow deep in authentic repentance. May our hearts be soft and easily convicted by the Holy Spirit, may our repentance be a true turning, not just words. May we not respond to the enemy’s false conviction which is truly just condemnation and shame.
Government- Cry out for wise, humble and skilled government in Canada. Pray that the partisan vitriol will abate and true nation-building can begin. Intercede for the Conservative and Green parties who are choosing new leaders.
Grace- Pray for those who are finding the emotional toll of Covid beyond what they feel they can endure. Pray for parents who are overwhelmed trying to work from home. Pray for pastors who are finding online services and the increased level of need in their congregations exhausting and discouraging. There is grace for every need, let’s ask boldly!
Wisdom & Discernment- Intercede for the much needed gifts of spiritual wisdom and discernment to be granted to the Body of Christ. May all our plans for the fall be marked with wisdom from above. Jas 3:17,18
Abiding - The Lord has been highlighting the truth that all true fruitfulness comes out of the place of abiding in the Vine. Pray for the Church as we minister this summer and look toward the fall, that all our efforts would be sourced in intimacy with Christ.
Small Groups - The Lord spoke to the Canadian Prophetic Council at the beginning of April that small groups would be where the “weight of the Spirit” would be in the next season. Pray that we would see the potential of small groups through God’s eyes, that they would be dynamic places of discipleship, prayer, care, worship and mission.
Families- These are days of harvest. Pray for whole families to come to faith, intercede for all unbelieving family members.
Buildings - With the huge disruption of Covid, pray for buildings that were formerly financially out of reach to become centres of worship and ministry as we come out of isolation. Pray for the Church to become more visible and accessible in the public square. Consider the word in January “Rezone, Renovate, Restructure” — we are now hearing, “Repurpose, relocate, revive”!
Discernment - God is speaking to His Church with wisdom and peace, yet the internet gives platform for all who say they have a prophetic word-- without the vital weighing or testing that scripture requires. As a result, fear and confusion are increasing. Contend now for the Church to grow in discernment. Cry out for mature leaders to be given stronger voices, bringing wisdom from above to the Body of Christ.
Justice - We are in a unique moment where voices of the oppressed that have been unheeded for so long, are suddenly being heard. Pray for the Church to listen well. Seek the Lord that we would be a vessel for justice and healing, while also bringing God’s grace and redemption, even to the oppressors. May His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
Transition - As we move into partial re-openings of church services after the Covid shutdowns, pray for the Church. We are dependent on God’s wisdom and strategy to show us how to gather, how to care for our kids, and how to do mission.
Children - The Lord is very strongly highlighting children in this hour. He wants to work among the kids, meet them, train them in His ways. He also wants to see multitudes of kids meet Jesus. Pray for a great harvest and discipling of children.
Harvest - The Great Commission Day of Prayer was a glorious expression of national unity and intercession. The wind of the Spirit so filled this time, it was clear that this is completely in line with what God is doing right now. Continue to fervently pray for the harvest.
Humility - Contend for deep and genuine humility to be formed into the Church, equipping us to be agents of healing and reconciliation, people who seek to serve rather than being served, people of prayer, and those who attract the presence of God.
Service- Pray for the Church of Canada to respond selflessly to the “felt needs” of our nation in these challenging days. May the Father grant us the grace to love in not just word but in deed and to “be Jesus” to those who are suffering and fearful right now.
Online Evangelism- Crisis can be a place of opportunity! Contend for the impact and fruitfulness of online church services, bible studies, prayer and ministry. This could be an extraordinary moment for the preaching of the gospel in our nation. “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread quickly and be held in honor, just as it was with you.” 2 Thess. 3:1
Pastors- Continue to hold pastors up in intercession as they, along with their leadership teams pivot and respond to our “new normal”. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide into the creative ways He has for us to thrive and minster, and for the Church to stay in trustful dependence on Him.
Businesses- Pray for kingdom business across the nation to rise up and prosper, even in the current climate. Pray for innovative ideas, and new partnerships. Pray that the staff would be protected from illness and the spirit of fear.
Great Commission- Cry out now for the gift and ministry of evangelism to burst forth from the Church; contend for the people of God to be awakened and mobilized into the harvest like never before in our nation. Join in the Great Commission Day of Prayer on May 21st, believing for an unprecedented move of God!!