Pre-event prayer for Ottawa Civic Prayer Breakfast

This Thursday evening (October 30), instead of praying in our living room, Marion and I will be joining with other Ottawa intercessors to pray on-site for the Ottawa Civic Prayer Breakfast which takes place the next morning.

If you were thinking of coming to pray with us this Thursday, I hope you will be able to join us instead at Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (200 Coventry Road). Please let us know if you plan to be there so that we can inform Sarah Jackson who is planning the prayer evening.

We’ll be back to praying in our living room on Thursday November 6 unless the Lord has a different assignment for us. Come pray with us !

Prophetic gathering this Thursday

On Thursday, October 23, instead of spending the evening in our own living room worshipping and praying for awakening in Vanier and Ottawa, Marion and I will be joining with some friends from our church (All Nations Ottawa) for an evening of prophetic ministry.

We will resume weekly worship and prayer in our living room on Thursday October 30. Come pray with us!

Love in Christ

Peter and Marion

Thursday evening prayer

For a few months now, we haven’t been publicizing our weekly prayer meetings. That’s because the Lord made it clear to us a while back that His priority for us was not to focus on attracting people to come to our Thursday evening gatherings, but simply to focus on praying.

This past week, however, someone showed up at our door and said she wasn’t sure if we were meeting because she couldn’t find anything about our meeting on the Web. We were really happy that Dayna found us that evening, and she brought a wonderful freshness and vitality to our time of prayer. Although we don’t want to focus on promoting a meeting, we do want to communicate with our friends. So this is just a note to say that you will find us worshipping and praying at 283 Ste Cecile in Vanier every Thursday evening at 7 pm. Anyone who loves Jesus and wants to come and pray with us is welcome. If that changes, we’ll try to notify you.

Much love in Christ

Peter and Marion

What does ISIS have to do with us?

Many Westerners probably think of the current war in Iraq as an unfortunate but far away conflict that has nothing to do with us, and no effect on our lives apart from higher oil and gas prices.

The reality is that ISIS, the group behind the conflict, is far more than just a band of terrorists. This is a highly-religious Islamic jihadist army whose goal is to establish an Islamic Caliphate (empire) in the Middle East, in the conviction that this is a key step in preparing the way for the return of the Mahdi, the Islamic saviour.

In response to a recent ISIS recruitment video, now apparently no longer available, Joel Richardson writes in his blog

What modern Christian movement or expression matches the zeal and commitment of this Satanic movement? Its going to take a prayer and missions movement unlike anything we have seen to date. Its going to take a return to the early Church theology of the cross and martyrdom. Its going to take a genuine Global Jesus Revolution.

In the West, most Christians are dulled and lulled by the comforts and cares of every day life. I understand this very well – I battle with it myself on a daily basis. We have grown used to a domesticated, Westernized, comfortable, compromised Christianity – a far cry from the gospel of Jesus. Our hearts cry out for intimacy with Jesus, but we can only have genuine intimacy with Him if we understand who He really is, and the true nature of His Kingdom and the battle in which we are engaged. The only way to fight is to keep our eyes on Him. When we speak of seeing the Lord’s House of Prayer established, we are not just crying out for personal intimacy with Jesus (though that is undoubtedly very important). We are crying out for His return as openly-acknowledged King.

Building the Lord’s House of Prayer in Ottawa

From the time that Marion and I began opening our home for weekly worship and prayer, I knew that God was after something more than just a weekly prayer meeting in our living room. Jesus loves home meetings, but his vision is much bigger than that. He is building 24/7 Houses of Prayer across the earth as His Bride begins to awaken to the seriousness of the hour and make herself ready for His return.

During worship at our local church last Sunday, I received a prophetic picture that I am still processing. I believe that it contains some keys for laying foundations of the Lord’s House of Prayer in Ottawa. This will involve several conversations with potential partners – conversations that will take place in the Lord’s timing as He opens doors. As the Lord’s leading is confirmed and clarified, I believe it could lead to something that looks quite different from what we have been doing thus far, although it will be a natural progression from the foundation that has been laid in the Spirit.

Marion and I believe that we are to suspend our Thursday evening open meetings until further notice, so that we can give ourselves fully to understanding and obeying what the Lord is showing us,  We plan to continue seeking the Lord individually and as a couple, and also with other potential partners, until the vision becomes more clear.