Looking back and looking ahead

It will soon be one year since Marion and I started holding weekly gatherings for prayer and worship in our home.

We began doing this in response to God’s call to be part of birthing His house of prayer in our city. Throughout the year one of the prayers we have prayed many times is for God to awaken the intercessors across the city.

In response to our prayers and the prayers of many others, houses of prayer are springing up across the earth as the Spirit of God prepares the Bride for her Bridegroom King. An especially exciting development from our perspective (because it is so close at hand, just east of Vanier) is the launch of Burning Hearts House of Prayer at East Gate Alliance Church on Codd’s Road.

Marion and I will be away for the next couple of weeks. Following the Christmas holidays, we plan to join forces with Nahia Haddad and the team that God is raising up at Burning Hearts House of Prayer. Look for us there on Thursday evenings, and maybe at other times as well.

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised (Psalm 113:3)

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.