I had the honour of representing Mission O at the Promise Gathering of the Watchmen here in Ottawa by formally recognizing and welcoming 4000 Christians from the nations of the earth to our city.
Mission O serves the pastoral community of the city and it was a delight for me to represent them. Here is what I shared.
I would like to welcome all of you from every part of Canada and those who have travelled from the nations of the world, to this Promise Gathering.
You are in our nation’s capital - the seat of government for all Canadians and the city given primary status amongst the cities of the nation.
Ottawa has 120 foreign missions, embassies and consulates here and many of you are citizens of these great nations. Welcome to our home.
As Jerusalem is the capital Israel, it is recognized by Jews in Israel and amongst the diaspora.
For us as Christians, it is also the natural and spiritual timepiece of what God is doing in the world today. Jerusalem is His eternal capital city.
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is our focal point of gathering this week as we establish together, the emergence of a spiritual government that will nurture, protect and proclaim our prophetic destiny as a nation.
I have had the honour of walking this journey over the last 10 years as well and God has given me the privilege of taking what He is doing in Canada to the nations of the earth.
In a few weeks Joyce and I leave for Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Luxembourg and Brussels on our way to do a pastor’s conference in Malaysia.
What God has done in our great nation, and He is no respecter of nations, is a first-fruit of what He wants to accomplish in all 194 nations of the world.
Here in the capital, inscribed on the Peace Tower of our Parliament buildings are these words from Psalm 72:8.
“He shall have dominion from sea to sea and from the river to the ends of the earth.”
This describes both our national mandate ( sea to sea) as well as our international one ( to the ends of the earth).
For many of you, like me, it has been 10 years since an altar of repentance was established in Winnipeg, Manitoba with stones from every part of this great nation.
Some of you carried stones to that historic gathering on trains, planes and automobiles. Now they are here with us in Ottawa as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and intention that Canada is arising daily to the fullness of her divine calling.
In Winnipeg, God gave us a double rainbow in the sky over the city after the stones were placed one on top of the other and prayer was offered.
It was a visible sign of His approval on what we had done and what we were about to do in establishing His purposes for generations to come.
Over the last 10 years we have journeyed together and humbled ourselves before God and one another.
We have witnessed Him take the walls that separated us and make them into bridges of reconciliation.
We have also been challenged to not grow weary and to continue to press for the sake of those who will follow us in the years to come.
Milestones are important to every family but especially the family of God. From the youngest child to the oldest adult in this journey we have many moments now to reflect upon and see the faithfulness of God.
One overriding milestone in scripture is the Cross of Jesus Christ. It constantly reminds us that He would rather die than live without us.
For those who have travailed, journeyed, sacrificed and obeyed His call, it is clear that you too would rather die than see Canada miss her calling or Canadians miss their opportunity for redemption.
Tonight I represent Mission Ottawa/Outaouais and the 450 congregations, from all denominations - that serve our city in the Name of Jesus Christ.
As we meet once a month at the NHoP, we choose to position ourselves as leaders in an atmosphere of prayer that has a national heart-cry.
As we worship and pray together, we are surrounded by portraits of all our Prime Ministers, reminding us that our nation is our responsibility.
We are constantly reminded from His Word how global His heart is.
Psalm 2:8 says it this way, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.”
The time has come to ask for your nation.
Thank you all for coming to Ottawa.
Thank you for positioning your life to make a divine difference in the spiritual climate of this nation and the nations you represent.
Let us enjoy this week together by entering into transformational prayer that says Lord prepare me for what you are about to do...
May we also take the time to build authentic relationships as partners in His purposes for us as The Body of Messiah...
And last but not least, may we go from here fixed on living life out of His intentional mission of being Lord of all!
It is an honour for us to have you in our capital city.
Thank you David and the entire Watchmen Team for serving this nation so faithfully. You are an inspiration and a model of a new breed of spiritual warriors.
May God bless you.
May God bless the nation you represent
May God bless Canada.